Posted: 11:02 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
By Elisabeth Kramer
From almost the moment X Factor 2013 contestant Carlito Olivero walked onto the audition stage and performed “Stay” by Rihanna, he had the judges singing his praises. “I actually like everything about you,” Simon Cowell said of the 24-year-old. “I like your voice. I like your charisma. I think you’re really good.”
Born and raised in Chicago, Carlito packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to chase his dreams of stardom. When not working the early shift at a coffee shop, where he’s known for singing to the customers, Carlito records his own music. He’s even shot a few videos; see for yourself at his personal website.
Despite a growing presence in the Los Angeles music scene, Carlito auditioned for The X Factor hoping for an extra push to take his professional dreams to the next level. After receiving four “yeses” for his audition, Carlito continued to wow during the Four Chair Challenge round with Selena classic “Dreaming of You” and so claimed a spot in the Top 16.
Now under the tutelage of new judge and fellow Spanish-speaking performer Paulina Rubio, Carlito hopes to follow in the footsteps of bilingual performers like Marc Anthony (he’s a HUGE fan). He’d like to perform in both Spanish and English and hopes to bring in his guitar skills later in the competition.
After The X Factor, Carlito aims to start his own label to help fellow artists get their hopes off the ground. As he told Wetpaint Entertainment in an exclusive interview, “where I’m from, dreams like this don’t really ever happen.”