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Fredericks reaches finals of ‘The Voice’


Fredericks reaches finals of ‘The Voice’

The Montgomery County singer again advanced Tuesday night and will compete in the final round of the
Fredericks reaches finals of ‘The Voice’
Sawyer Fredericks fans cheer after learning that he advances to the next round at Parillo's on Bridge Street in Amsterdam Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Another week, another similar result for Sawyer Fredericks on NBC’s “The Voice.”

The Montgomery County singer again advanced Tuesday night and will compete in the final round of the show next week. Now, local fans are wondering, could he win the whole thing?

“This is amazing, I think he’s going to go all the way,” Jessica Merendo of Amsterdam said Tuesday night at Parillo’s Armory Grill. “The whole community has really gotten behind him. And for a kid from Montgomery County of all places.”

When the show’s host announced Fredericks would advance on the show, the restaurant erupted and fans chanted “Sawyer, Sawyer.”

Roughly 40 fans gathered at the Southside restaurant Tuesday night to watch the show. Several at the restaurant were sporting Fredericks’ signature bowler hat, along with necklaces featuring pictures of the teenager.

Large groups have been gathering

at Parillo’s every Tuesday night to watch the results of the show, according to owner Jackie Parillo. Each week, the fans have seen a similar result as Fredericks continues to advance.

The Glen teen’s run on the show has captured the attention of the entire region, and after performances at the Fonda Fairgrounds and the Palace Theatre in Albany his popularity continues to grow. Fredericks returned to Los Angeles to film the show following his two performances.

“We have all gotten behind him,” said MaryLou Schultz of Amsterdam. “He is such a humble kid and he embodies everything that we are about in Montgomery County. He is only 16 years old but he is really an old soul and I think thats part of why we all love him.”

George Weis of Glen said he has “no doubt” that Fredericks is the best singer on the show.

“He is the most unique talent and he embodies everything you could want in a singer,” he said.

After his February audition, all four members of the star-studded panel of judges made a pitch to lure Fredericks onto their teams. Citing his originality, Fredericks chose singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams.

The judges have lauded Fredericks throughout the show. One judge on Monday night said Fredericks is “clearly the frontrunner.”

Schultz, who is convinced that Fredericks is going to win, said she is now wondering what she will do with herself once the show concludes.

“I am so used to partying and all of us being together,” she said. “We will have to plan something so that we can keep this fun going.”

Parillo said she will has big plans for next week’s finale.

“It will be outside and we are expecting a huge turnout,” she said. “It’s going to be amazing. We are expecting big things.”

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