Central Mass. Residents Hit The Small Screen In 2012

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Grafton High graduate Rob Wilson becomes the first male model featured on "The Price Is Right." Photo Credit: Jennifer Lord Paluzzi (file photo)
Westborough's Eric Dittleman is a finalist on "America's Got Talent." Photo Credit: John Swinconeck (file photo)
Auburn's Sam James is a finalist on "The Voice." Photo Credit: file photo

CENTRAL MASS. — Where do you go to find a mind reader to wow Howard Stern on "America's Got Talent," a singer who hits the right notes on "The Voice" and the first male model ever featured on "The Price Is Right?"

In 2012, the answer was the towns of Westborough, Auburn and Grafton, which saw their native sons step into the reality TV spotlight.

Central Mass. was voting fast and furious for Eric Dittelman, a Westborough High School graduate and Grafton resident who made it to the semifinal round on "America's Got Talent."

Dittelman was the first "mind reader" featured on the show, and his act was popular with the judges as he guessed Sharon Osbourne's high school crush and worked out an act featuring Howie Mandel's "Deal or No Deal" briefcases.

In December, Dittelman returned to his alma mater for a victory lap, proving to Westborough, at least, that its native son most certainly had talent.

For Auburn's Sam James, his second attempt to get on "The Voice" was the charm. The singer, who attended Millbury's Assumption School and Shrewsbury's St. John's High School, landed on singer Adam Levine's team after impressing the judges with his rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine."

James ultimately lost a tight knockout round, but he is hopeful the exposure will help his career.

In October, Grafton native Rob Wilson beat hundreds of contenders to become one of three finalists to be on "The Price Is Right." Online voters eventually tapped Wilson to be the first male model ever featured on the long-running game show, and he was featured for a week.

Wilson is a model and actor who has been featured on "The Middle," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "The Social Network."

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