by Melissa S. Treacy
As the big red chair spins around, he’ll wait to hear his fate. With the original judges rejoining the cast in its fifth season of “The Voice,” more than one familiar face will be on the television screen. As Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine control his fate, Matt Cermanski, a student at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), will be on the stage, hoping at least one of the celebrities will spin around and say “yes.”
Cermanski is a Liberal Arts student in his sophomore year at the college, after graduating from Phoenixville High School. He said he hopes his fellow Montco students will be cheering him on as he sings in the televised competition.
“I think other students at the college would be interested in seeing a fellow MCCC student on television,” he said.
Cermanski said his experience on the show was “awesome.”
“I’m not allowed to say a lot,” he said. “But, it was really awesome being able to audition for the show.”
The biggest benefit he found was from the celebrity coaches.
“It is great to have critiques from coaches like Usher or Shakira,” he said.
The Voice premieres its new season on Monday Sept. 23 on NBC. It airs every Monday and Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (EST) for the fall season.
“I will be on the show in the next coming weeks,” explained Cermanski, who was born in King of Prussia and raised in Phoenixville since age five.
Cermanski is no stranger to the stage. He came to “The Voice” in its fourth season, while judges included Usher and Shakira as Green and Aguilera were off. This fall season will be his second chance.
“I stayed in touch, and contacted the producer,” said Cermanski. “They asked me to come back and try again this year.”
The 20-year-old said it was song choice that sealed his fate last season. In season four, he was not selected to be coached.
“No on turned around,” he said. “It came down to song choice. I’m more of a rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter. I needed to do a song more like that.”
Cermanski’s choice of “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry did not impress the judges last time around.
Levin called songs like that “rigidly produced.”
“They don’t translate well during blind auditions,” Levin explained to Cermanski his first time around.
The local student is hoping his dreams to make it to the next round feature a spinning red chair this time around. In the meantime, he’ll focus on his recent successes.
His debut album “Long Road Home” is already released and available for purchase on iTunes. He’s also performed in area venues such as the Trocadero Theatre, The Colonial Theatre, World Café Life and Steel City. He has been featured on NBC Philadelphia’s “The 10! Show” as well as ABC6’s “Action News.”
The 20-year-old MCCC student said he enjoys performing on stage, no matter what the venue. From DaVinci’s to Village Tavern, he frequents a number of area hotspots to show off his skills locally.
Cermanski’s full performance schedule is available on his website at mattcermanski.com/shows.php. Local upcoming shows are scheduled for Exton, Collegeville, Havertown and North Wales venues.
For more on his upcoming performances, visit his website, “Like” his page on Facebook or follow his Twitter feed at @MattCermanski.