Mark Andrew

Eden Prairie News Article

Posted by on May 21, 2015

Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:00 pm

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 really nice to have that support and for people to say they like my music and my voice and they’re excited to see what’s next.”

Among Andrew’s upcoming performances, is an appearance during the Taste of Minnesota, which will be in Waconia from July 2 to 5.

He performed “I Wanna Be Like You” from “The Jungle Book” on Idol. Will we be hearing some Disney at the Taste of Minnesota?

“That might be a surprise,” he said.

“It was a crazy ride,” he said of appearing on Idol. Now he said he’s excited to see what he can make of it.

This was Mark Andrew Pudas’ last opportunity to audition for “American Idol,” because he was 29. He also appeared on Shakira’s team on “The Voice” in 2013.

Does working in landscaping keep him grounded?

“I have to do a little bit of actual work here, to be able to keep paying the bills, now that I’m off the show,” Andrew said Monday.

“It keeps you humble,” he said. “I still know what hard work is and I’m not afraid to do it.”

Andrew said the best way to keep in touch with him and learn about his upcoming projects is through social media.

“I’m really grateful for all the support and excited to be able to make music for everyone and I hope everyone wants to listen,” he said.

For more information, follow Mark Andrew on Facebook (markandrewofficial) and Twitter (@markandrewsings) or visit

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