Mark Andrew

Eden Prairie News Article

Posted by on May 21, 2015

Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:00 pm By Karla Wennerstrom Competition show veteran Mark Andrew Pudas of Eden Prairie said that when he is not performing, he is back working with his family’s landscaping business. Andrew (he performs as Mark Andrew) said that he is still following American Idol, hoping that his old roommate Nick Fradiani, still in the competition at press time, does well. Next week is Idol’s Finale. Andrew hopes the two will work together in the future. “I’d love to see Nick have a big career come out of it,” Andrew said. “The other contestants are great as well.” Andrew said that he’s under contract with American Idol until mid-June, so there’s still a chance he could be picked up by the record company, but they typically don’t pick you up if you don’t make the top 12. Andrew was cut right before the top 12. He said his next step will be to work with a crowdfunding company on pre-production of a fan-funded record. He said, “It’s going to be a combination of the old stuff I grew up listening to and a newer more contemporary sound that’s more radio ready.” The most positive result of his Idol experience has been the ability to make industry connections and be exposed to Idol’s fans all over the world. “With Idol, almost every week, my face was up there, people got to hear me singing,” he said. “That does a lot to get people interested.” He said he’s been stopped in the street in Los Angeles by people from Australia who were fans of his because of the show. Andrew said he is thankful for the support of his family, including parents Rich and Nancy Pudas; and wife, Hilary. Their son, Hank, was about seven months old when he was away on Idol, he said. “My wife is happy to have me home,” he said. “Luckily about a week after I got home he actually started to crawl,” Andrew said. “If I had still been out there, I would have missed some of those things.” The 2003 Eden Prairie High School graduate was also thankful for the community’s support. He said it was fantastic, and the fact that the local Fox affiliate is located in Eden Prairie made it even better. He said people will congratulate him if they see him at a restaurant or Home Depot. “ It’s...

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