Shawn Mendes Announced as Special Guest Performer at YTV's The Next Star Season 7 Finale

Tickets now available for live finale at Canada's Wonderland on Sunday, September 21

Original singles by the Top 6 finalists available today on iTunes

TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - During tonight's episode of YTV's The Next Star, it was revealed that Shawn Mendes will perform his chart-topping single "Life of the Party" from the recently released The Shawn Mendes EP, during the highly anticipated Season 7 finale broadcast live from Canada's Wonderland on Sunday, September 21 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Shawn Mendes' EP landed at #1 on the Canada Digital Albums chart and the first single, "Life of the Party" hit #1 on the iTunes charts in both Canada and the US within 90 minutes of release, and charted top 10 in over 30 countries worldwide.

The finale will showcase exciting live performances from the Top 6 finalists—Jory (15, Nipigon),Kaleia (12, Edmonton, AB),Michaelah (15, Kelowna, BC),Nissita (13, Barrie, ON),Ryland (15, Deseronto, ON)andShon (12, Surrey, BC)—whowere chosen from thousands of hopefuls who auditioned across Canada. On stage and in front of a huge audience of fans tuning in from across the nation, as well as The Next Star judges, Dan Kanter, Mark Spicoluk and Tara Oram and host Carlos Bustamante, the Top 6 will sing to win the hearts and votes of viewers.

A star-studded lineup of special guests will be announced via The Next Star's social media in the weeks leading up to the exciting live show. One of the exciting additions to the two-hour television event is indie-pop family band Echosmith, performing their hit single "Cool Kids" rapidly climbing the charts. 

Tickets to be part of the live audience at Canada's Wonderland are currently on sale at http://nextstar.ytv.com/

The Next Star's Season Seven album, which includes singles from each of the Top 6 finalists, is available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ytvs-the-next-star-season-7-ep/id910813568. The Top 6 finalist's singles include:

Jory Zechner – "Up To Us"
Twitter: @joryzechner

Kaleia Simons- Cook – "Breaking Glass"
Twitter: @kaleiasings

Michaelah Weekes – "What R U Doin' 2 Me"
Twitter: @1mickyweekes

Nissita Francis – "Do It"
Twitter: @nissitafrancis

Ryland Clark – "She's So Hepburn"
Twitter: @RylandClark1

Shon Burnett – "Be Your Holiday"
Twitter: @shonburnett 

The music videos for these singles will make their world premieres during back-to-back episodes on Monday, September 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, and will be available on iTunes that same day.

Leading up to the finale, Cody Simpson will appear as a guest judge on The Next Star on Monday, September 8 and Nikki Yanofsky will also make a guest judge appearance and perform her single "Necessary Evil" on the show the following week on Monday, September 15.

The finale's pre-show will air prior to the finale at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, hosted by web host Mark "Suki" Suknanan and Lisa Gilroy from Undercover High. The half-hour show will feature interviews with the Top 6 finalists as well as special appearances and performances.

After the winner is crowned during the live finale telecast, he or she will receive an amazing prize including a $5,000 shopping spree courtesy of Sears, a recording deal with the chance to work with one of the industry's top music producers and an Epiphone Masterbilt Acoustic guitar.

Produced by Toronto distributor and producer Tricon Films and Television in association with YTV, The Next Star airs Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

About YTV
Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. Visit www.ytv.com.

About Tricon Films & Television
Tricon Films & Television is one of North America's leading producers and distributors. With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Tricon has quickly emerged as a prominent supplier of award-winning factual and scripted programming that continues to be successful around the world. Tricon's distribution arm features a broad catalogue of high quality, multi-platform content including primetime scripted drama and comedy, kids, lifestyle, factual and documentary series and specials. www.triconfilms.com

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