YTV looks for the next singing sensation with auditions this May for The Next Star, Season 2



    
       Six-city Cross-Canada search begins Saturday, May 2 in Halifax

                   Visit YTV.com for Audition Information
    

    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - It's time for Canadian kids to warm up their
vocal chords. Corus Entertainment's YTV announced today that Season 2 of the
popular series The Next Star will embark on a nationwide six-city search for
Canada's next young talent beginning Saturday, May 2 in Halifax. Complete
audition information can be found at YTV.com.

    Hosted again this year by Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation),
The Next Star hopefuls will be mentored by an esteemed panel of Canadian
experts, including returning mentors, musician Suzie McNeil, songwriter
Christopher Ward and music marketing exec Steve Cranwell.

    Modeled after Season 1, The Next Star will be open to kids aged 15 and
under and will focus on finding Canada's next young singing sensation. From
the open call auditions, the Top 16 will be featured, and six finalists will
be chosen to go through The Next Star process; a series of assignments to
equip them in becoming a star. Whether the endeavour is a vocal challenge,
mastering a media interview or nailing down a signature look, the question
will be: who can master all facets of being a true star? The finalist with the
most viewer votes will be named the winner and take the title of The Next Star
at a live finale, and receive the grand prize.

    "The Next Star is unique from other shows because it gives kids an
opportunity to showcase their talent. The judges and guest stars guide the
performers with constructive feedback to help them hone their craft," said
Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Production, Corus Kids.
"With millions of Canadians tuning into Season 1, The Next Star has proven
that it's an experience the whole family can enjoy."

    
    Auditions will take place in the following cities:

    Halifax on Saturday, May 2
    Montreal on Tuesday, May 5
    Toronto on Saturday May 9 and Sunday, May 10
    Winnipeg on Saturday, May 16
    Edmonton on Tuesday, May 19
    Vancouver on Saturday, May 23
    

    YTV also announced today the launch of The Next Star website. 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 on Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m., 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.

    About the mentors:

    Suzie McNeil's single "Believe" was selected by Bell Canada as the
official song for the 2010 Olympic Games. McNeil has also had songs featured
on the popular series The Hills and Oprah's Big Give. Christopher Ward is
Canada's first VJ, a MuchMusic veteran and writer of Alannah Myles' hit single
"Black Velvet." Music industry exec Steve Cranwell has an extensive background
in music marketing as the former Senior Vice President of Marketing at
Universal Music Canada.

    Tricon Films and Television is one of Canada's largest independent
production and distribution companies. Tricon has established itself as a
leader of high quality factual and scripted content and remains committed to
producing and distributing programming that performs both domestically and
around the world. For more information on our programming please visit
www.ticonfilms.com.

    As Canada's leading kids broadcaster, Corus Entertainment's YTV,
Treehouse and Discovery Kids Canada collectively have the highest 2-11
audience of any broadcaster, and reach 91 per cent of kids each week in
English Canada. Seen in over 10 million homes and connecting with 2.2 million
kids per month, YTV also publishes Whoa!, a successful kids' magazine, travels
to communities across the country with its WOW tour, conducts a highly
respected annual survey, The YTV Observer, and has a highly interactive
website that averages over 90 million monthly page views.

    Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment
company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with
additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television
broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The
company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network,
CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio
stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

    All YTV times are ET/PT.

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For further information:

For further information: Molly Ray, Corus Entertainment, (416) 530-2247,
molly.ray@corusent.com; Samantha Taus, Holmes Creative Communications, (416)
628-5612, staus@hccink.com


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