A Somerset man has his sights set on becoming a rising star.
Country music singer Cliff Cody is auditioning for ABC's Rising Star singing competition. He will perform live on the show at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night. Anita Bell first met Cody while selling him furniture, but she says she has been a fan ever since.
"We had to send in nominations to get somebody on the show, and Cliff Cody made it to the first round of auditions," Bell said. "The way they do it, they stand in front of a wall and sing. And it's all interactive with your smartphones. So you need to have a smart phone, and you need to go to Rising Star App and download it on your phone. It's a free application. When they show it on the screen to check in, you must check in, and then it'll give you the opportunity to vote yes for Cliff Cody. "
Bell says he may have been born in Texas, but Cody is proud to call Somerset his home. While his specialty is singing country music, Bell says he can also write songs and belt out songs outside his country comfort zone like Purple Rain and even some Lady Gaga. Fans hope his talented voice and friendly personality can take him all the way to the top.
"He just has a beautiful smile, and he's very friendly," Bell said. "I had only been to a couple of his shows before, and a few of us from work went one night to a show in a place we'd never been. We walked in, and he shouted out to us by name. He remembered. Just very friendly. If you meet him, you're his friend for life."
So does she think he can win the Rising Star competition?
"I think he can win the show. I think he should win the show."
Sunday night's show is the third and final round of the auditions. Should Cody advance, he would then go on to a head-to-head competition against another singer on the show.