WHEELING, W.Va. - July 28, 2016 -- Wheeling Jesuit University alumnus Christopher Bohinski '13 made his live national television debut on July 19 when he appeared on NBC's The Today Show for a contest.
Bohinski was selected from thousands as one of three finalists in the show's “Look What I Can Do” contest. He submitted a video of himself using his singing voice to break a glass - a talent he learned he had while attending WJU. A week later he received a call from a producer notifying him that he was a finalist.
“This has been a surreal experience. It was a jaw dropping two days while at The Today Show in Rockefeller Center,” he said several days after the competition. “I'm so happy and proud of my decision to pursue my first dream to move (foregoing medical school) to New York and pursue performing,” he explained.
As the winner of the competition, Bohinski received an all expense paid trip for two to Los Angeles, where he will get to see a live taping of America's Got Talent. He plans to take his mother along for his West Coast adventure.
Bohinski joined two other contestants on the set where they displayed their hidden talents for millions of viewers. Fans across America chose the winner through online voting.
The Today Show, he said, gave him the royal treatment. “A car service chauffeured my mom and I to and from the studio.” His mother got to watch the entire segment just off camera, he added.
On day one at The Today Show, he shared a dressing room with actor Kevin Bacon and country singer Craig Campbell. The second day, he shared a dressing room with actress Mila Kunis and Christian band NEEDTOBREATHE.
“Not only was it my live national television debut, but along with getting interviewed by Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly, I was interviewed by a former president's daughter - Jenna Bush. That's was pretty exciting,” Bohinski added.
“I'm very thankful for all the family, friends and fellow Cardinals who continue to support me as I pursue my dream. It's been overwhelming in the greatest of ways. And, I'm also very happy that The Today Show noted I was a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit,” he said.
Check out Bohinski's smile mission blog at NYCSmile4Me.com