TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Last night on YTV's top-rated series The Next Star, the judges had the difficult task of whittling down the talented pool
of finalists to six. In last week's episode, (Monday, August, 5) a wild
card contestant was introduced bringing the total number of candidates
to 13, which was then narrowed to nine remaining hopefuls. Kat, Dante, Alicia, Jaden, Paige and Alex have been chosen as the Top 6 and will participate in an array of
challenges that will help them master their original sound, style and
Starting now, viewers will be able to vote via text or online at nextstar.ytv.com and ultimately help Canada choose the Next Star winner.
The Next Star finalists were chosen from thousands of hopefuls who auditioned across
Canada. Their hometowns include Belle River, Ontario (Kat), Amherstburg, Ontario (Dante), Toronto, Ontario (Jaden), St. Lazare, Quebec (Alicia), St. Albert, Alberta (Alex) and Winnipeg, Manitoba (Paige).
The final six will be mentored throughout the remaining episodes, but in
the end, only one will win the coveted title and receive the grand
prize at the series' finale on Sunday, September 22 at 7 p.m. ET, broadcast live from Canada's Wonderland. Fans will be able to tune in
at 6:30 p.m. ET for an exciting pre-show leading up to the finale broadcast. While only
one will ultimately take the crown, each of the six singing hopefuls
will record an original song - which will be available on iTunes - and
also star in their very own music video. The finalist who wins the
title of "The Next Star" will also receive a $5000 Sears Shopping Spree, a 1 Song Recording Deal distributed
through Sony Music Canada, and an Epiphone Masterbilt Guitar.
Produced by leading Toronto distributor and producer Tricon Films and Television in association with YTV, The Next Star airs Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
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, blockbuster movies and
original Canadian programming. YTV reaches its viewers online at YTV.com and in local communities with the traveling road show WOW!. 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, children's animation and
animation software. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network,
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel
(Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom
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 online at www.corusent.com.
About Tricon Films & Television:
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. www.triconfilms.com.
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Image with caption: "The Next Star's Top 6 from left to right: Kat, Dante, Jaden, Alicia, Alex and Paige (CNW Group/YTV Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130812_C5487_PHOTO_EN_29786.jpg
SOURCE: YTV Canada Inc.
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