Hit talent competition introduces new second screen experience and new
TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's YTV and Tricon Films and Television announced today the Season 6 launch of The Next Star. The only talent competition that showcases young singing sensations on a
journey to break out as Canada's next hit artists will premiere on Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. After travelling across Canada, where over five thousand aspiring
stars auditioned for their chance at a national platform for their
talent, the finalists will come to Toronto to appear on The Next Star's career-making stage.
The show's returning music industry judges include R&B star Keshia Chanté, music industry exec Mark Spicoluk and Canada's country sweetheart Tara Oram. This esteemed panel who have all experienced the ins and outs of being young,
breakout stars, will have the tough task of narrowing this field of
hopefuls to just twelve. Popular on-air YTV personality Carlos Bustamante (YTV's The Zone, Big Fun Movies), will host this season and be there alongside the auditioning hopefuls
during the incredible cross-country tour and throughout the in-studio
"The entire Next Star team was blown away by the level of talent in each
city on this year's cross-Canada tour," said Jameel Bharmal, Creative Director, Tricon Films & Television. "This season's hopefuls each bring something unique and incredible to
the table - our judges and viewers will have some tough decisions to
YTV is introducing fans to a new second screen experience, Next Star
Nation, which directly connects fans to the series. This second screen
experience expands on the pre-existing cross-platform experience, where
fans interact online by voting, participating in the Virtual Next Star
Contest, playing Next Star themed games and watching exclusive video.
Next Star Nation will also offer behind-the-scenes exclusive content,
live tweeting and daily fan interaction to make this an experience that
no YTV show has offered before, available online, by tablet and
"We're thrilled with the incredible level of talent going into the sixth
season of The Next Star," said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama. "We're
building on the success of this franchise and offering fans even more
ways to enjoy the show on all platforms, so they can follow the
finalists on their journey from the auditions to the finale."
In addition to the second screen experience, fans will also have access
to exclusive content online with two new web series: The Next Star Aftershow and Backstage Pass, hosted by Next Star Nation's Mark "Suki" Suknanan.
As the competition heats up, one lucky contestant who doesn't make the
cut, will be given a second chance as a wild card to fly to Toronto and
compete with the Top 12, bringing the total number of finalists who
advance to the next round to 13. Viewers can look forward to additional
elimination twists in Season 6 as well as surprise special guests.
Click here for a sneak peak of the series: http://www.ytv.com/videos/?vid=6wDgaaMFfBsI
About The Next Star
Produced by Tricon Films and Television in association with YTV, The Next Star follows a new group of hopefuls aged 15 and under from across the
country, as they vie for the ultimate prize - the title of The Next Star. The Top 6 finalists will all get a taste of the limelight, but only one
will take home the coveted title of The Next Star at the Finale, broadcast live from Canada's Wonderland. The Next Star can count some of Canada's hottest talent as alumni, including 2013 JUNO
Award nominee and platinum-selling artist Victoria Duffield and fellow
JUNO Award nominee and double-platinum artist Alyssa Reid. Also making
waves in the Canadian music industry is Season 4 winner Charlie, whose
single landed her on Billboard's Top 100 Canadian Emerging Artists'
Chart and music video on iTunes' top 10 list.
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, 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), CosmoTV,
Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can
Press, Toon Boom and 37 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.
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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