A Hilliard Darby High School class of 2000 graduate will be featured in a new CW Network program, "The Christmas Caroler Challenge."

The first pair of episodes will air on the CW Network at 8 and 9 p.m., respectively, on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Clint Carter, 37, also a 2004 graduate of Otterbein University, lives in New York City.

Carter, upon the request of his management company, the Songful Artists, created a five-member a cappella group of the same name.

The show's producers asked for the Songful Artists to submit a contestant for "The Christmas Caroler Challenge," Carter said.

The Songful Artists will be one of 12 groups that will perform Christmas songs in a contest format, with the winner having an opportunity to perform at the Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles, he said.

Carter said he could not say much about the performances other than "we did well."

The Songful Artists will appear among the six groups featured in the second episode at 9 p.m. and will perform "The Man with the Bag," Carter said.

The third and fourth episodes will air at 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, and the fifth and sixth episodes will air at 8 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23.

Carter said he could not say how many additional episodes in which the Songful Artists appear.

The series was filmed in May, Carter said, and he had to wait until Nov. 1 to learn if the CW Network was going to air the pilots, which are hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie. A panel of three celebrity judges will select a champion.

"I was in a gym working out and listening to Christmas music when I got the email (indicating the series would be aired)," said Carter, who performs throughout the year at weddings, private events and other bookings in New York City via his management company; he also works as a voice coach.

"I started jumping up and down. ... I'm sure people wondered what it was about," he said.

His first call was to his mother, Hilliard resident Cathy Carter.

She and her husband, Craig, are Hilliard High School graduates; their other son, Chad, is a 1995 Hilliard graduate.

"We're of course proud of him," said Craig Carter, who recalled the first flashes of Clint's on-stage prowess when, as an elementary school student, he grabbed a microphone and sang at Old Hilliard Day, which is known today as the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair.

Clint Carter was involved in theater at the middle school level, at Darby and with the Hilliard Arts Council before moving to New York City, his father said.

"We've lived here for most of our lives, and our children are rather well-known, too," Craig Carter said.

Family members and friends will be part of a watch party Dec. 15 at the Carter residence, he said.

"It was exciting to do (and) I hope (my family and friends) enjoy watching," Clint Carter said.

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