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CSUF Alumna on Tonight’s ‘The Next’

Sept. 20, 2012

A little over a year after earning her bachelor’s degree, Angela Mukul is reaching for the golden ring — a recording contract.

Mukul, who has performed solo on stage since she was 15, sang Lady Gaga’s “You and I” before an audience of 1,800 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles last month. That performance, along with those of five other contestants, will be aired tonight on “The Next” at 9 p.m. on the CW Network.

“It felt really good,” she said this week while waiting to hear how she does. “I think I did well.”

“The Next” is a reality program in which contestants work with music industry superstars over a period of 72 hours, and then compete head-to-head before a live audience. The winner of that round moves on to the semifinals.

The 2011 alumna (B.A. business administration-entertainment and tourism management with a minor in music) had been singing at several venues throughout her high school and college years, and interned at Atlantic Records in the soundtrack department and the Cartoon Network’s music department as part of her university experience.

After graduation she moved to Hollywood, where she saw a poster about the program and thought, “Why not?”

“There were no big cattle calls, it was more one-on-one,” Mukul explained. “They were looking for artists who are already working in the field.”

She sent them videos of her work and took part in an audition. Then heard nothing. Months later, she got a call.

"They never said you got it," she said. But after the call, “basically, I knew to be at home on a certain Monday.”

Gloria Estefan and a film crew showed up on Mukul’s home and the action began. For three days she worked at her house — she has a home studio — with Estefan who mentored her on several things, including what to do with her hands while singing.

“She was wonderful! Such a nice lady,” said Mukul about the experience. “She’s a legend and I never imagined being able to work with her but she was very helpful in fine tuning my performance.”

During the mentorship, Mukul performed at a coffee shop and at Pink’s Hot Dogs before the performance that airs tonight.

If she wins tonight, she’ll be back on screen the next week, working toward that recording contract.

“I really want to win, but either way, it was just great to have gotten this opportunity, the exposure,” said Mukul. “I don’t know what to expect but it’s nice to be a part of all this.”

If she doesn’t win, Mukul still has a chance. Viewers can vote back any of the contestants who didn’t win by going to cwtv.com/shows/the-next.

To listen to a sample of Mukul singing, go to Angela Mukul on iTunes.
To see a preview of the show, go to “The Next” on YouTube.

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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