Waynesville's Vino Alan made it past yet another round of eliminations this week on Fox's "X Factor," and members of the community are rallying behind their hometown hero to help support him now that voting will be determined by the public on the show starting next week.
For the last two months, Vino Alan, also known as Brett Alan Casler Alvino of Waynesville, has been outperforming his rival contestants on "X Factor," winning the judges' approval week after week.
But starting next week, Alan will need to win over millions of fans across the nation, instead of judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato. Fans will be able to chose the fate of the contestants and cast their ballots starting next week, on Nov. 7.
Gary Warren, a long-time family-friend of Alan, has spent the last few weeks getting the word out about Alan's X-Factor performances, and said that now is the most crucial time for the community to rally behind him.
"Sometimes it only takes one person to make a noise for everybody else to fall into place," Warren said. "I'll tell you, it hasn't taken much. The community has been so supportive"
Warren has made posters and banners to help grow Alan's fan base, and also uses Facebook and Twitter frequently.
Several businesses and organizations have helped Warren get the word out about Alan performing in the nationwide singing competition.
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has helped make posters and created a digital billboard, provided courtesy of TNT Outdoor, for Alan, which can be seen on the south side of I-44 between Exits 153 and 15. Warren said that the students at Ozark Technical College have helped rally and support, and Lone Oak printing has helped with printing.
Road House, Cold Spot and Millers Grill hosted watch parties during "X Factor" on Wednesday and Thursday nights as well. Alan said himself he is very appreciative of the local support.
"It is such an honor to have so many troops and friends that are pulling together to support me and the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce surprises me every week with more love than I could ever imagine," Alan said. "With all that support its an extra push to not let them down!"
Warren said Vino is very dedicated to his music, his son, and the military.
"He's very good to people," Warren said. "He makes it a point to stay in contact with me and my son while all of this is still going on."
Warren said that despite Alan's recent rise to fame, he's stayed the same person.
"I think the show has brought him closer to home, grounded him, brought his concentration in on his music. I'm very proud of him."
Page 2 of 2 - Watch for Vino next Wednesday, Nov. 7 on Fox at 7 p.m. Fans can vote as many times as they want by calling.
"A lot of these other contestants are from huge cities, but we can make a difference by voting multiple times."