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T&T s Chris Mahase of Cunjal,
Barrackpore, has spent most of
his life nurturing the dream of
becoming an international record-
ing artist. More recently, he has
included the goal of joining the
ranks of X Factor show winners.
Over the past three years, Mahase
has religiously gone online and reg-
istered himself for the X Factor US
or UK shows in the hope of being
invited to audition and perform
before the celebrity-studded panel
of judges, and the world.
The X Factor is a television music
competition franchise created by
Simon Cowell. It has now spread
all across the globe from India,
France, Japan, Russia and even
Lithuania. There have been a total
of 125 winners of the X Factor
According the BBC Entertain-
ment and Arts briefing published
June 16, an average audience of 9.1
million viewers in the United King-
dom tuned in to watch the 2014 X
Factor contestant Ben Haenow win
the 2014 UK edition of the show.
"I have always dreamed of being
a part of the X Factor competi-
tion---either the US or UK version
but you must have possession of a
green card to be a part of the US
version. So for the past three years
I would go to both sites and register
myself for the competition to just
keep the dream alive."
The upcoming 2015 edition of
the X Factor TV series will feature
a new line-up of fresh young judges
including pop star Rita Ora and
familiar favourite the infamous
Mahase has yet to face these
judges; he remains hopeful about
He describes himself as a versatile
singer and musician who brings life
to many genres of music including
gospel, classical, R&B, soul, country,
pop and chorale music.
"I knew I was destined to do
great things in music. My experi-
ence with performing began while
attending Cunjal Government Pri-
mary School, where I was asked by
my teacher and choir instructor to
perform a song for the graduation
class---an offer which I gladly
While at Barrackpore East Sec-
ondary School, he shared his talent
with others, singing at graduation
ceremonies and Christmas concerts.
In addition to his musical activities
at school, Mahase continued his
musical development at the Cunjal
Open Bible church, where he per-
formed at the Sunday morning
services along with his father, who
was the resident musician.
Mahase is currently pursuing the
artist diploma in music performance
at the University of Trinidad and
Tobago (UTT) at the National Acad-
emy for the Performing Arts (Napa),
majoring in voice. He was at first
under the tutelage of the late Dr
Vertrelle Mickens, but is now with
vocal coach Michelle Varney.
Mahase also has a passion for
Broadway and musical theatre work.
At UTT, he was a cast member of
the student production of Neigh-
bour Neighbour Tales of Penzance.
He played the Role of a Smuggler
(El Rememdado) in the Carmen
scene. He also sang with a choir at
UTT as part of his coursework.
He represented the country at
the World Championships of Per-
forming Arts held in Los Angeles,
California, placing in the top three
in the opera and gospel category.
Earlier this year, he also received
an acceptance letter to the New
York Film Academy to pursue a
two-year conservatory programme.
He is seeking financial assistance
to take up the offer.
His X Factor dream became a
reality when he finally received an
email invitation to go to London
for a chance to audition for the
show. He took to social media
almost immediately to share the
good news and began soliciting sup-
port and seeking assistance with
"Only a few months ago I reg-
istered myself for the X Factor UK
and got no response, thinking I was
not eligible for the competition.
However, while going about my
normal life, I got an email from the
competition inviting me to audition
for the upcoming season!
"With finishing up at UTT,
school was out of the way and the
X Factor opportunity presented
itself. With the support of my par-
ents, they said to me why don t I
try to attend the auditions this
With the support of family and
friends Mahase made his way to
London to audition at the Wembley
Stadium on June 7 along with over
10,000 other hopefuls. Mahase has
made it past the first two rounds
"I was so excited to see London,
England, for the first time, but the
audition process for me was very
nerve-wracking. There were actu-
ally two stages of the audition for
me. In my first round of auditions,
I sang Donny Hathaway s A Song
for You for one of the producers/
vocal coaches and my voice was
"In my second stage of my audi-
tion I was filmed by a producer and
I sang Stand by me by Ben E King,
which was also received well.
"Currently my filmed perform-
ance is being judged by the entire
team of X Factor producers. The
producers will then make a decision
after looking at the audition tape
and then let me know if I move
forward to the next round."
The X Factor UK arena audition,
which is televised, comprises round
three of the competition. If suc-
cessful there, Mahase, along with
the other contestants, will have his
first opportunity to perform for the
judging panel of Simon Cowell, Rita
Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Olly Murs.
"I have to wait five weeks to hear
back from the producers. Everyone
who auditioned for the competition
and reached this stage is also wait-
At present, Mahase remains in
the UK and will be staying with
friends who will accommodate him
until the third-round results are
scheduled to be announced. The
televised auditions will begin in
Manchester on July 6.
for Trini on UK X Factor
T&T vocalist Chris Mahase waiting
in line for his X Factor audition.
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