SJ-O grad goes from cap and gown to MTV

SJ-O grad goes from cap and gown to MTV

Lexie Boaz went from the St. Joseph-Ogden High School's stage to MTV's.

Boaz, a 2014 graduate of SJ-O, recently appeared on the MTV show "Copycat." On the show, the competitors try to sound like their favorite recording artists to earn the title of Ultimate Copycat. Boaz chose to mimic pop singer Demi Lovato because she has been a fan of the artist since she was 10 years old.

"I have followed her a lot," she said. "I love her music and everything she stands for."

How it happened

Boaz has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her entire family is musical.

"So it was kinda forced upon me," she said. "We have videos of me singing the songs from 'The Little Mermaid' when I was 2."

Despite growing up around music, Boaz was surprised to end up on a singing show. It seemed to happen by chance.

"We had a producer contact my dad on Facebook," she said. "I am not sure how she found me."

Boaz sent in an audition video. After she passed that audition she did a Skype conference with the show's producers and was cast.

In January, Boaz made the trek to the West Coast to experience her first taste of reality TV.

Day One was spent settling in. Day Two started at 6 a.m. and lasted until 11 p.m.

"I was sitting in a room with two other people for five or six hours," she said.

Boaz said she kept herself entertained by keeping her voice warmed up and watching other singers practice their performances.

The show

Boaz's episode of "Copycat" aired last week. She watched it with friends and family.

"I thought it was really cool how they put it all together," she said. "I thought it was a cool experience."

The show features three sets of two performers. In the first round, contestants compete against performers who are singing songs by the same artist. The audience votes and the winners advance. The two performers with the highest scores advance to the final round.

Boaz advanced to the final round, where performers get mini-makeovers.

"I didn't love the outfit they put me in," she said. "It was a lot of accessories, which I don't normally do. It was a lot of leather."

Boaz won Copycat and received $5,000.

"It was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of cool people," she said.

Other shows

Boaz, who will be attending Illinois State University in the fall, said she hopes to continue with her music career. She will be majoring in marketing at ISU but plans to perform at open mic nights in the area and perform the national anthem at sporting events.

"Definitely it is going to be my main goal during my free time," she said. "Finding new songs to sing, new venues to sing at, maybe minor in some sort of musical thing and and musical production. "

Boaz contemplated auditioning for "American Idol" but decided against it. She said "American Idol" producers were leery of her being on the show because she had just been on "Copycat."

Boaz said people don't realize what goes into getting cast on a reality show.

"It's a long drawn-out process and people don't realize you have to put all this effort in," she said.

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