CANADIAN KIDS TUNE UP THEIR VOCALS AS YTV'S THE NEXT STAR BEGINS ITS CROSS COUNTRY AUDITIONS

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), Toronto, Ontario

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 videos.

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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For further information:

Judy Lung       
Corus Entertainment      
416.479.6757       
judy.lung@corusent.com     



 



 
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