‘You’ve got nothing to lose’: Meet the Aussie finalist in mobile talent search Megastar

AN Aussie singer is poised to make the grand final in the world’s first global mobile talent search, Megastar, backed by Usher.

AN Australian singer has made the top 10 in million dollar talent search, Megastar.

Chris Black, of the Gold Coast, is one of the finalists in the global app-based contest backed by R&B singer Usher.

Australian-raised, New Zealand-born Black is currently placed second in the rankings, as voted for by the public. If he makes the grand final, he will fly to Los Angeles next week to meet Grammy-winner Usher, who is Megastar’s “chief creative officer”.

“I should know by Saturday night whether I’m going to LA,” Black, 25, said today.

“I’ve been pretty safe inside the top five for the last two weeks, alternating between third, fourth and fifth (place).”

Megastar is broadcast worldwide via its app and Australia is its second-highest audience behind the United States.

Black has been competing against entrants from the United States, Canada, UK and South Africa, as well as Down Under.

He credits his success in the contest with overhauling his partying lifestyle, and shedding more than 10kg since January.

“It has definitely helped not only physically but mentally,” Black said. “I was in a rut, just not in a great way, partying heaps, drinking and going out.

 “And then I just decided to make a change and I did, focusing on health and fitness. I went six and a half months (and) didn’t touch a drop of alcohol,” he said.

“I’ve only been out a couple of times this year. It’s very rare that I’ll party hard now.”

Usher, right, pictured with Diddy at DJ Khaled's birthday party this week, is the face of app-based talent search, Megastar. Picture: Getty Images

Usher, right, pictured with Diddy at DJ Khaled’s birthday party this week, is the face of app-based talent search, Megastar. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Australian-raised, New Zealand-born Chris Black is in the top 10 of Megastar Millionaire. Picture: Instagram

Australian-raised, New Zealand-born Chris Black is in the top 10 of Megastar Millionaire. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram

As part of Megastar, contestants submitted a weekly video of them performing a song, with Black’s entries including versions of I See Fire by Ed Sheeran, Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home and Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes.

“One of my best friends told me about (the competition),” Black said. “He said to me, ‘you’ve got nothing to lose, man, upload a video.’

“I auditioned for The X Factor a few years ago,” Black said. “There were tonnes of auditions before you perform the judges. I ended up pulling out of it because I didn’t think it was for me at the time. Not that I wasn’t ready … I just wanted to kind of do my own thing.”

Launched in September, Megastar — which has a prize of US $1 million — was branded the world’s first mobile talent competition.

The grand final is being held in LA on December 15, and streamed live via the Megastar app.

Sydney-based Megastar co-founder Adam Wellisch said Australians had taken to the app-based talent search concept.

“We are a country of tech savvy, mobile obsessed individuals and Australian users of the Megastar App come a close second to the US in minutes of livestream viewed in the Megastar App,” Wellisch said.



Arvada man competing in MEGASTAR competition

ARVADA, Colo. — A musician from Arvada is competing in a digital talent competition that could land him a $1 million prize, as well as entertainment opportunities.

Paul Spaeth has been playing the piano since he was 3-years-old. His talent allowed him to become a finalist in the first couple rounds of ‘Megastar’, which is an app-based competition created in part by pop-star Usher.

“It’s most similar to American Idol because there are various acts, just not musicians,” Spaeth said.

Spaeth’s musical style is introspective, yet edgy. He’s been able to advance in the competition the last few weeks, putting him in the top 10. The first round of the competition featured 1,000 contestants.

“It’s really kind of cool to be up against so many people from across the world,” he said.

You can help Spaeth by voting for him daily. Just download the Megastar App for your iPhone or Android phone. Click here for the download link.


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