An eighth grader’s wish to perform on television is being granted, but not in the way she expected.
She will probably not be singing to the world on “America’s Got Talent” but she has plans to talk and sing on a cable channel that reaches out to a wide audience in Chicago and its suburbs.
On Jan. 25, Evergreen Park’s Central Middle School student, Kennedy Bordeaux (14) auditioned to be a contestant on the 10th season of “America’s Got Talent.” On the day of auditions, Bordeaux said she was told by producers they’d contact her by the end of February if she was selected for their next round of auditions.
February has come and gone and inquiring minds may want to know: Did AGT reach out?
“I haven’t heard from them,” said Bordeaux on Sunday. “But, since my audition, the community has made a big deal out of my story.”
A source at AGT said Bordeaux’s chances of making it to the next round of auditions haven’t definitively ended. “They give deadlines as a benchmark but things change all the time.” the source said.
Bordeaux said she would be shocked and excited if AGT did call but she’ll be fine either way.
“I don’t expect to become the next Beyoncé,’’ Bordeaux said. “I tried out for AGT to challenge myself. If they don’t call, my backup plan is to become a veterinarian.”
She has plans on performing on TV, though.
Her parents received an e-mail requesting a television interview from Lee Denham, a producer for Comcast.
Denham said the interview would focus on Bordeaux’s experiences with “America’s Got Talent” and her work on being a diabetes ambassador.
“I think her story will be really informative for our audience.” Denham said.
Bordeaux said when her dad, Clete, read her the e-mail from Mr. Denham she was ecstatic.
“I can’t believe I’m going to be on TV,” she said. “And, they’ve even asked me to sing. I can’t wait!”
Bordeaux’s Comcast interview is scheduled to tape April 2. To watch, visit http://www.cn100.tv/community_connection.aspx or press On Demand, scroll to “GET LOCAL” and then“CN100” choose “COMMUNITY CONNECTION” select the episode by the date of taping.
Getting teenagers to openly express themselves can be challenging. Yet, here’s Bordeaux, capitalizing off sharing her experience of auditioning for AGT to bring awareness to Type 1 diabetes, an illness she’s courageously fought since the age of seven.
“I like helping people. I always have.” Bordeaux said.
Bordeaux said a front page story of Reporter in February caused a flurry of support so the disappointment of not hearing from the show has been tempered as she became a local celebrity.
“My principal told me she saw [the story and] was so proud of me, found the link online and sent it to every teacher in our building.” said Bordeaux. “She also announced it during an assembly. All the students in the school were cheering for me. I couldn’t believe it.”