A Commack teen's dream of following in the footsteps of Sam Sclafani to winning MSG Varsity's Talent Show is one step closer to reality.
Matthew Mayer, a senoir at Commack High School, has advanced to the finals of MSG Varsity's Talent Show as one of two vocalists to receive the highest number of votes after
Mayer performed his own unique twist on Bryan Adams' "Straight from the Heart" on his pink ukelele for the second round of the competition, pulling on the heart strings of viewers to propel him forward. He advances along with individual vocalist Kayla Stockheart of Sayville High School, according to MSG Varsity's website.
Mayer and Stockheart will compete against two others in a final round aired on MSG Varsity on May 27. Similar to previous rounds, the four individual vocalists will perform in hopes of receiving the highest number of online votes through May 31 to be crowned the winner.
The winners of the individual vocalist, as well as the dance ensemble and vocal ensemble winners, will be announced on MSG Varsity Network June 3 at 8 p.m.
If he won the competition, Mayer told Patch he'd like to use the publicity to raise more awareness about breast cancer and surviving it, in honor of his mother.
As an individual vocalist, Mayer is competing for a chance to win a two-day professional studio experience including the opportunity to work with an award-winning produce to cut a demo CD or video, and create custom-designed cover art. The prize package also including a professional photo shoot.