Twin Cities 'Voice' singer offers class to prep for reality TV competitions


A Minneapolis musician who appeared on the first season of the hit NBC reality competition "The Voice" is one of the creatives behind a new class that helps people prepare for everything from theater to reality TV auditions, the Pioneer Press reports.

Tim Mahoney said he and MacPhail Music Center for Music instructor Andrea Leap created the class, dubbed "Nailed It!" after dozens of people came to him for advice after he competed on "The Voice" in 2011.

Nailed It! covers the entire process, from contracts, mental and physical tests potential contestants have to undergo. The class also keys in on various elimination rounds that happen before a show even airs.

Mahoney -- whose recent CD "Shine Through" contains "The Voice"-inspired song "Hey Adam Levine" -- told the Pioneer Press there are "so many things in the middle" between audition process and appearances on TV.

The class, for participants 15 years and up, is set for May 5 from 2-4 p.m. at MacPhail in Minneapolis.

Minnesota has been well-represented on "The Voice," from Mahoney to Eagan's Nicholas David -- who finished third in the competition last season.

This week, Eden Prairie singer Mark Andrew Pudas -- who goes by Mark Andrew -- was selected by coaches Adam Levine and Shakira in the blind audition round, and Andrew ended up going with Shakira as his coach.

See Mahoney's casting interview on "The Voice" below.

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