A Putnam County native is a contestant on NBC's "Grease: You're the One that I Want." Derek Keeling is from Winfield and he's trying out for the role of "Danny" on the upcoming Broadway musical, "Grease."
The show runs every Sunday night at 7pm and gives viewers a chance to vote for their favorite.
WSAZ is giving you a chance to get a behind the scenes look at the show by hearing from Derek himself. He's going to be sending frequent e-mails, so keep checking back!
March 15, 2007
GOVERNOR ENCOURAGES WEST VIRGINIANS TO VOTE FOR DEREK KEELING THIS SUNDAY
Keeling is only one of three “Danny” candidates left on NBC reality series Grease
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today encouraged all West Virginians to call in and vote for Derek Keeling this Sunday – giving him the edge he needs to win the NBC reality series, “Grease, You’re the One that I Want.”
“The audience is the determining factor when it comes to who gets to play Danny Zuko on Broadway,” Gov. Joe Manchin said. “Derek Keeling is giving 110 percent to win this competition, but he cannot win on performance alone. It is not enough to watch and silently support this fellow West Virginian. That is why I am encouraging all West Virginians to pick up the phone or go online to vote for Derek this Sunday.”
“Grease, You’re the One that I Want,” airs 8 p.m. this Sunday. During each performance a toll-free number will appear at the bottom of the television screen. Viewers can call in or go online at www.wsaz.com to vote. If using the telephone, members of the audience may call in and vote up to 200 times. The polls are open from 9 to 11 p.m. this Sunday.
“We are one big family in West Virginia and we pull together to make things happen,” the governor added. “Derek is doing his part, performing to the best of his ability, but now it is up to the viewers to make the final choice. So West Virginians let’s choose Derek!”
Keeling, 26, is a graduate from Winfield High School, where he was a member of the General Admission Show Choir.
Monday, March 13
He's another step closer to Broadway, and you helped him get there!
Putnam County native Derek Keeling is now in the top three for the part of Danny on "Grease: You're the One That I Want!"
On Sunday, Derek sang "Devil in Disguise.” It was a song that really wowed the crowd, and he wowed the judges too!
We talked to Derek after the show, and he says he's thankful for all of the support from back home!
Click here to read Derek's e-mail blog with WSAZ and to send him your messages.
Wow....I do not really have words that can explain my feelings about last night, but I will try. I was so nervous about last night. I knew that half of the guys were going to be in the bottom two. When I found out that I was safe, I was overwhelmed with joy. My fans have come through for me every week. I have never had to be in a sing-off, and that's a great feeling. I had to calm myself down because I was going to be the first guy to perform. I got myself together and went out there and did my thing. I felt like last night I got back to where I needed to be and was back to the old Derek. Calm, cool, and collected. I am really excited about the finals next week, and I just hope that I have done enough to prove to America that I am the one that they want. God Bless.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
WSAZ CAUGHT UP WITH DEREK VIA PHONE SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER HE ADVANCED.
"I felt really good. It was a lot of pressure coming out of – you know I came right out of the elimination round and had to do a quick change right into doing my number, and I was just so overwhelmed with the emotion of how happy I was, that by votes I was in the top two at that point. You know, that’s huge. That’s huge. How far this whole journey has been. That made me feel so good and I was like omigosh don’t think about it and go out there and do your song. I felt really great about it. I felt like I had come back to where I needed to be."
"Really at the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself and happy with what you’re doing. You can’t let other people sway you. Of course you want to please them because they’re the judges and they’re the ones who keep you in the competition. But, you know, you have to go out there and do the best you can. You’re not going to please everyone all the time."
WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO TO STAY IN THE GAME
"Show more of those Danny qualities. Come through and do charismatic performances, and really, I feel like next week if we do any work with the girls, really connect with those girls and show you can have chemistry with these people and you would make a really great match for them on Broadway."
ON THE RUMOR JOHN TRAVOLTA MAY APPEAR ON THE SHOW
"There’s been rumors going around that we’re going to meet John Travolta. But, you never really know, because they keep us in the dark about everything. I’m hoping. That would be an amazing opportunity if I got to meet him."
ON HIS SUPPORT FROM HOME
"Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. When I got to see my home package today and see what all was going on in WV, it was so amazing. It really means so much to me. It makes it all worth it. This hardship, long days of rehearsal and mental stress. It‘s just like, I don’t know, I never thought I’d be the guy from WV everyone was rooting for. I just want to thank everybody for keeping me out of the bottom two this whole competition."
Thursday, March 8, 2007
I am so excited to hear about all of the crazy pep rallies happening all over West Virginia. It is what makes this whole experience worth while. I am really excited and nervous about Sunday. Half of the Danny's will be in the bottom 2. The competition is really heating up and I think it’s gonna be great. Keep watching and voting. It’s more important than ever. Only two more shows to vote on. Let's do this WV! God Bless
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