Carlos Guevara: Having the X Factor

May 2014 - Cover Story
by Dawn González

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May 2014 - Cover Story

Fifteen-year-old Carlos Guevara began the 2012-13 school year at Lexington High School as freshman class vice-president and a member of the football team. He finished it homebound. Diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome (TS), Carlos’s health declined to the point that he was leaving school in a wheelchair by lunchtime every day, and homebound status became the best option. By spring, he spent most of each day in bed and made weekly visits to the Medical University of South Carolina hoping to find relief from Tourette’s.

In May, despite the year’s setbacks, he was in Charleston, winning auditions for the reality television show X Factor with the compliments and encouragement of one of the toughest television judges of them all, Simon Cowell. “Carlos, you know what I like about you?” Cowell said. “You’re not a victim.You have this issue, but most importantly, you haven’t let that stop you from doing what you’ve chosen to do. Forget about all that—you’ve actually got a great voice.”

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