NEW: Carlos Guevara has advanced to the next round of "X Factor." He was the second singer to be picked to advance to next week's competition.
Also advancing is Summerville's Andre Scholz, part of the group Restless Road.
EARLIER: OUR STORY FROM TUESDAY As 16-year-old Lexington resident Carlos Guevara won the hearts and minds of the judges on the hit show “The X Factor” a few weeks ago, fan support began pouring in from all over the state and the nation.
Now Guevara, who is one of three contestants from South Carolina to make the top 16 on the show, must go through the live show portion of the contest where his fate rests solely in the hands of the voting viewers.
Amy DuBois is Guevara’s youth pastor at The Harvest church on 4865 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington and says that this has been his dream since he was in fifth grade.
“Vote, vote, vote. We need people to vote and encourage others to get their family and friends to vote as well,” DuBois said. “We will be organizing some watch parties for him soon and anything else we can do to promote him.”
DuBois and Guevara’s older sister Alexia Nick, 18, made T-shirts to promote support throughout the Lexington community. Recently they set up a booth at the Lexington Police Department’s annual Fall Festival showing the audition episode to onlookers.
Guevara was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome when he was 12 but didn’t start showing his tics until later in his life. The syndrome is defined by uncontrollable tics and gestures.
The River Bluff High School freshman says that his singing is what helps him cope with his symptoms and allows him to control his tics.
Guevara auditioned in May in North Charleston, and the judges — who include the persnickety Simon Cowell — were wowed by the teen’s story and his performance.
Now fans can follow him on Twitter (@carlosgu14) as he gets coaching from “X Factor” judge Paulina Rubio and singer Demi Lovato.
He tweeted Monday: “Working so hard for Tuesday. I’m not ready to go home #PerformanceOfMyLife”
“He became a local ambassador for the local Tourette’s syndrome foundation and has been an advocate for it. He has always been a little different but he has never let that hold him back,” DuBois said.