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Current "Boy Band" contestant Brady Sutton is a Shorewood native.

Shorewood singer battles for "Boy Band" fame on ABC reality competition show

There's a One Direction-shaped hole in the world of pop music right now, and ABC producers think they're the ones to help fill it – possibly with the help of a young local singer.

Shorewood native Brady Tutton, 15, is currently one of the remaining contestants on ABC's new reality show musical competition, "Boy Band," in which young singers from across the country compete to become the next Backstreet Boys (or, worst case scenario, the next O-Town).

The show, which premiered this debut season on June 22, gathered 30 boys together to audition for its judges – or "architects," as "Boy Band" calls them – which include Timbaland, Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice and actual Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (pop singer Rita Ora hosts). Those industry pros then slashed the number of guys down to 18 and split them into three different bands. Now, one of those groups perform every week for the judges (*sigh* fine, "architects") and for America – with one member of the group getting the ax each week.

And so far, three episodes into the show, Tutton has stuck around, surviving his group's first performance – as well as that group's terrible name, Reverb – in week two. And in tonight's new episode, he'll perform again for his boy band-ing life as a part of his new group of five, Tr5ble – which is also a terrible name; a five looks nothing like an E. I'm doing my American duty and pronouncing it as Trfiveble.

The Shorewood singer's no stranger to the spotlight. Tutton's IMDB filmography includes a small role in the 2012 Miley Cyrus teen dramedy "LOL," as well as a seven-episode stint on the ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat" as "Brock." It would appear, however, that music and boy-bandom is Tutton's mission now, and considering his reality show-ready backstory – according to his bio on ABC's "Boy Band" website, he suffered from a severe stutter as a child that was only cured by singing – and ridiculously high-pitched golden pipes ...

... he's got a legitimate chance.

"Boy Band" airs on ABC Thursday nights at 7 p.m.


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