Six-city search begins Saturday, May 7 in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Detailed audition information available at YTV.com
TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - Get ready Canada, Corus Entertainment's YTV announced today that Season 4 of the network's top rated series The Next Star will once again go cross-country for its nationwide six-city search for
the country's next young singing superstar. Auditions begin Saturday, May 7 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and continue throughout the month of May. Complete audition information
can be found at YTV.com.
With Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) returning as the charismatic host of the series, The Next Star hopefuls will be judged and guided by an esteemed panel of experts,
including returning mentors, musician Suzie McNeil, songwriter Christopher Ward and music marketing exec Steve Cranwell.
"With over 3 million votes cast to determine last year's winner, and
after auditioning 4000 young hopefuls from across the country in Season
3, we are thrilled with how our YTV audience has responded to this
family-friendly series. With another exhilarating season underway, we
are excited to bring viewers more chances to help find - and maybe even
be - the Next Star," said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original
Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual Entertainment.
In keeping with the previous three seasons, The Next Star auditions will be open to kids aged 15 and under and will focus on finding
Canada's next singing sensation. Following the open call auditions, the
Top 16 will be revealed, and six finalists will be chosen to go through
The Next Star star-making process. With an array of challenges including mastering the perfect
sound, style and interview, the six finalists will all get a taste of
the limelight, but only one will take home the coveted title of The Next Star at the live finale in September. The finalist with the most viewer votes
will be named the winner, receiving the grand prize package.
Auditions will be held in three new cities this season, adding Winnipeg,
Calgary and Halifax to the nationwide six-city search. Below is a
complete list of cities and locations:
Saturday, May 7
Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Tuesday, May 10
MacEwan Conference and Events Centre at the University of Calgary, 2500
University Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta
Saturday, May 14
Hotel Omni Mont Royal, 1050 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, Quebec
Tuesday, May 17
Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saturday, May 21
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, British Columbia
Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W (North Building),
Hopeful finalists and fans can visit the official website at YTV.com for more information on the audition process, rules and procedures.
Once the series has launched in July on YTV, the website will be centre stage for audience interaction,
streaming video and the voting process. Viewers will be encouraged to
visit the site to vote for their favourite finalist, find show info,
surf finalist pages, download extra content and watch behind-the-scenes
Award-winning singer, Suzie McNeil, released her latest single "Drama Queen" in February as a preview to
her highly anticipated fourth album launching this Spring. JUNO
Award-winning composer and MuchMusic's first VJ, Christopher Ward, has
written a number of chart-topping singles including Black Velvet for Alannah Myles and most recently penned songs for Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel. It was Steve Cranwell's 23 years of experience in music marketing that
led to the newest chapter of his life, Executive Director of
MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity.
For images in support of The Next Star, Season 4 click here.
Tricon Films & Television is one of North America's strongest
independent production and distribution companies dedicated to
producing and representing groundbreaking television. Tricon has fast
emerged as a leading supplier of high quality factual and scripted
content that continues to perform successfully both domestically and
around the world. Launched in 2002, Tricon's distribution arm has an
impressive track record of selling a broad mix of award winning
programming from primetime scripted comedy and dramatic series, to
reality, lifestyle, factual and documentary series.
Seen in over 11 million homes across Canada, YTV is a leading
entertainment brand for kids. YTV offers quality entertainment for kids
and families with hit Nickelodeon series, nighttime drama for teens,
blockbuster movies and original Canadian programming. YTV reaches its
viewers online at YTV.com and in local communities with the traveling road show WOW!. Visit www.ytv.com.
YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and
entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television
and radio with additional assets in pay television, television
broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The
Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse,
Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada),
CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana,
Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX,
Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging
branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple
platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto
Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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