Guilford Singer-Songwriter Competes to Be Next “American Idol”

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A singer from a Milford-formed band that recently competed on "America's Got Talent" is in the national spotlight again as he competes for a chance to be the next "American Idol."

Nick Fradiani, of Guilford, vocalist and guitarist in Connecticut band Beach Avenue, has advanced to the third round of Hollywood Week before the panel of celebrity judges.

He said that he was contacted and invited to audition, so he knew he would at the very least get to audition for Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

"I felt it was an opportunity I could not pass up," Fradiani said. "....The first audition was very nerve-racking, but I was also really honored and excited at the same time."

Back in July, Fradiani and his band, Beach Avenue made it to the second round of "America's Got Talent" on NBC. Two other band members, Nick Abraham, of Fairfield, and Ryan Zipp, of Hamden performed their original song, "Coming Your Way" with him on the show.

Fradiani is not currently working on any solo material, but he said that if he were to win "American Idol" and record an album, he said he would make music "similar to the music I make with Beach Avenue."

"Touring has always been something I've dreamed of," Fradiani said. "I'd like to tour the whole world!"

Back in Connecticut, Fradiani said that he and Beach Avenue have been writing several songs and doing a lot of demos.

"So we'll have to see what happens," he said.

As for his fate on "American Idol," that remains to be seen. He is in the mix for the final rounds of Hollywood Week, airing Wednesday and Thursday night on Fox.

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