December 16, 2011
Slovacek hopes appearance on The X Factor leads to career in music
Advancing to the third round of the television show The X Factor, former Cowley College student Mathew Slovacek hopes the experience will help him in his quest for a career in music.
Slovacek, who is the cousin of Cowley College tennis coach Josh Cobble, attended Cowley for one semester in the spring of 2008. He made the most of his time at the school as he was a member of the Tiger men’s tennis team, which placed 11th at the national tournament, and was crowned Mr. Cinderfella during the school’s annual talent show. He also sang in the Choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arkansas City.
Even though his time at Cowley was short, it left a mark on Slovacek.
“That semester was one of the best times of my life,” Slovacek said. “The tennis team and staff at the school became like a family to me in a short period of time.”
After Cowley, he attended the University of North Texas prior to leaving the school to pursue a future in music. Slovacek was part of a band called 2nd Floor Request, which performed last Winter at the Alumni Grill and Bar in Arkansas City, prior to working on a solo music career.
As a hobby, Slovacek places videos of himself performing on the web site You Tube. One day, when he was on You Tube, he saw an advertisement for the last chance to audition for The X Factor television show.
Having missed his opportunity to audition for the show when auditions were held in Dallas, Texas, Slovacek sent a video of himself singing “I Wont Let Go” by Rascal Flatts.
As fate would have it, Slovacek had just lost his job the day before he got a call from representatives of the show informing him his video had earned him the right to come to Seattle, WA and audition in front of the judges.
Auditioning in front of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Scherzinger, Slovacek nailed his performance of “I Wont Let Go”.
“Once I got on that stage my nerves just disappeared,” Slovacek said.
A month later, Slovacek was flown to Los Angeles, CA as one of the finalists for the show. At what was called “Boot Camp”, Slovacek learned a choreographed routine to the song “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.
Slovacek’s performance impressed the judges and he advanced to the second round where he sang an acapella version of “Boondocks” by Little Big Town. Again, the judges passed Slovacek on to the next round.
In the third round of the competition, Slovacek was placed with other singers, forming a country group. Although, this would be his final performance in the competition, Slovacek said the chance to appear on The X Factor was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“It was a blessing that came out of nowhere,” Slovacek said. “I met so many great people and the show has opened so many doors for me.”
Slovacek plans on getting into the recording studio and putting together a six-song EP (extended play) to promote to radio stations and record labels.
“I don’t want to be known as the guy that made it to the top-100 of The X Factor, I want to be known for my music,” Slovacek said.
Pictured with Slovacek is former Miss Kansas, Emily Deaver.