Carlito Olivero to perform Chicago Pride Fest, Sunday, June 22

Sun. June 22, 2014 9:55 AM by News Staff

Chicago Pride Fest: Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Now that Chicago-native Carlito Olivero has officially wrapped up his successful stint on The X Factor, it's time to return home to his old stomping grounds and perform at Chicago Pride Fest.

"Yes, this is my first Pride Fest," Olivero told "I have a big gay following and have a lot of really close friends who are gay as well. I'm a big supporter of everyone."

The 24-year-old pop singer, who finished third in the competition, was serving up lattes at a coffee shop in Los Angeles when he made his debut on the hit reality show. However, that wasn't his first taste of stardom, or even reality television.

Olivero was first featured on camera during the MTV reality series Making Menudo in 2007, and was featured in the Latin boy band Menudo until 2009 with songs like "Lost" and "More Than Words."

Carlito Olivero performs the North Stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Chicago Pride Fest, which is organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance, runs June 21-22 on Halsted Street between Addison and Grace. A $10 donation is recommended. The Chicago Pride Parade is the following Sunday, June 29 at noon. 

"I'm excited to see all the new faces that will be there and hopefully will walk away with some new fans," said Olivero. "Chicago best turn out!"

Carlito Olivero on the Web: | On Twitter: @Carlitosway89

Chicago Pride Fest Schedules: Saturday, June 21 | Sunday, June 22

Interviews: Alex Newell | Betty Who | Carlito Olivero | Jennifer Hudson  

Headliners: Alex Newell | Amber | Betty Who | Carlito Olivero | Catfight | Crush on the Radio | Girlband | Jennifer Hudson | Kaci Battaglia | Mya | Thelma Houston Pride Guide