'Alter Ego': Wolfgang Champagne aka Matthew Lord's song called 'a class act' by fans

Wolfgang Champagne aka Mathew Lord's story moved fans while his singing voice won their hearts


                            'Alter Ego': Wolfgang Champagne aka Matthew Lord's song called 'a class act' by fans
Wolfgang Champagne (Contestant Matthew Lord) as seen on 'Alter Ego' (Greg Gayne/FOX)
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For the contestants of 'Alter Ego', the show allows them to be themselves unabashedly and be judged on talent alone. For some, this allows them to overcome insecurities and be a part of the future of music. And for others, it's a second shot at a dream they've long held on to. As per the show's logline, it is a "Singing competition where contestants reinvent themselves and perform like never before -- as their dream avatar."

With Alanis Morissette, Nick Lachey, Grimes, and will.i.am as the judges, contestants take on digital avatars while showcasing their singing talents. The judges and the audience only see the avatar perform, ensuring that the judging and voting process depends entirely on their performances.

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Wolfgang Champagne, whose real name is Matthew Lord, had judges in splits right off the bat. As he explained it, he was a werewolf who was bitten by a chihuahua. And even though he was 478 years old, he began singing around 350 years ago by howling at the moon. But while Wolfgang Champagne kept it funny, Matthew Lord's real story was that of perseverance. A 60-year-old truck driver, Lord was previously a singer. However, with mounting bills and a family to care for, Lord ended up getting his trucker's license in order to make a living. Now, he didn't want to keep driving a truck and was keen on pursuing his passion. For him, 'Alter Ego' was a chance to be relevant again. Lord performed 'My Heart Will Go On' by Il Divo. You can check out his performance here. "Wolfgang Champagne shocked us all with his outstanding voice!  #AlterEgoFOX"

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Lord left the judges speechless, seeing that his rendition of the song truly took them by surprise. As Grimes explained it, what he did was pure art. However, it was not enough to secure him a spot on the Diamond, as the judges felt Safara still deserved to be up there. Fans on Twitter were instantly Team Wolfie (as Lord mentioned that to be his nickname). 

"Wasn't expecting that singing voice after hearing Wolfgang's talking voice #AlterEgoFOX" tweeted a fan. "I like Wolfgang because I'd pay good money to hear him sing and then go back the next night to hear him do stand-up. Love his story. #AlterEgo #AlterEgoFox #AlterEgoOnFox" added another. "Wolfgang was a performance I didn't even know I needed. What a class act. Your humor will forever keep you young, great personality. #AlterEgoFox", agreed another. 

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Although he didn't score a spot on the Diamond, the studio audience quickly voted him safe, allowing him to advance to the next round. 
Are you Team Wolfie? Tell us in the comments below!

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Catch 'Alter Ego' Season 1 on Wednesdays at 9/8c on FOX.