Coming from different cities, completely different majors, and two totally different musical backgrounds, Olivia Applegate and Eric Nikolaides have come together to form an unlikely musical duo. Together, the two University of Texas students take their diverse musical backgrounds to create what they like to call a "new bluesy type of music" incorporating both of their musical elements.
Pianist and Cellist Olivia Applegate studies Theatre Arts and Liberal Arts, and she also has participated in the theatre productions offered here. Although she plays instruments, she loves singing and admires vocalists Adele and Norah Jones. Her love for music stems from landing a solo in preschool, and it has continued to be a part of her life even after moving from Kingwood, Texas to Austin.
Originally from Cincinnati, Eric Nikolaides came to the University of Texas to major in Spanish and is a DJ for KVRX student radio. He plays a few instruments but his main focus is on the guitar. After being introduced to blues music by his father Nikolaides became active in the blues community in his town. He currently sidelines for local musician “Blind Orange Jefferson” and is inspired by some of his favorite artists such as John Coltrane.
The two met through a mutual friend who knew of both their passions for music. From that point on, their musical journey together began. While they both were interested in different types of music, they managed to come to a compromise of a blues, soul, and contemporary sound of music. They enjoy playing renditions of Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers and My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music track, which happens to be Nikolaides' favorite. Applegate finds Daydreamer by Adele to be her favorite song the two perform. Olivia and Eric’s passion for music is genuine, and with their ambition to succeed, these two have nowhere to go but up. 1
Eric & Olivia's audition in Episode 708 consisted of Eric playing the guitar while Olivia sang "Moves Like Jagger." Although Howie Mandel voted "No," Howard Stern and Sharon Osbourne both voted "Yes," sending them to the Vegas Round.
Eric & Olivia were one of the Judges' Favorites in the Vegas Round. They were sorted into the "Vocal Groups" category. Their performance in Episode 712 consisted of Eric playing the guitar while Olivia sang "What a Wonderful World." Their audition was strong enough for the judges to send them to the Quarterfinals along with Maurice & Shanice Hayes.
Eric & Olivia's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 720 consisted of Olivia singing "Dynamite" while Eric played the guitar. They did not receive enough votes to finish in at least fifth place in America's Vote, eliminating it from the competition in Episode 721 along with Horse, instead of Joe Castillo.