The Moment has Arrived: Who Will be the Next Star?

    Live Finale at Canada's Wonderland on Sunday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - It's the question fans have been asking for
months: which of the six young finalists will become The Next Star? Corus
Entertainment's YTV, Tricon Films & Television and Universal Music Canada
invite viewers to catch the season finale of this popular series live from
Canada's Wonderland on Sunday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on YTV.

    Fans of The Next Star can visit for information on how to
score advance discounted park tickets and entry to the live show at Canada's
Wonderland. Along with headline performances by Universal Music acts such as
Canadian band Faber Drive and series mentor Suzie McNeil, the one-hour finale
will also feature the top six contestants singing their own single, written
during the series.

    Viewers at home can vote for their favourite performer via
and text message. The winner will record a single with Universal Music Canada
to be released on YTV's Big Fun Party Mix 10, plus a professional music video
and personal guidance from music industry hit-makers. All six singers will
have a song included on The Next Star CD, scheduled to be released in October.

    For 11 episodes, every Friday at 6 p.m. on YTV, The Next Star has
followed six young contestants as they have been counseled by professionals on
how to tackle every aspect of the music industry. Host Adamo Ruggiero
(Degrassi: The Next Generation) and judges Suzie McNeil, Christopher Ward and
Steve Cranwell, along with other industry mentors, have guided the young
talent throughout their journey.

    To get geared up for the final vote, YTV is giving viewers two chances to
catch up on previous episodes. On Saturday, September 27 beginning at 1 p.m.
and Sunday, September 28 beginning at 12 p.m., fans can watch back-to-back
episodes of the series.

    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 Tween Report and has a highly interactive
website that averages over 90 million monthly page views.

    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, advertising and digital audio
services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's
animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV,
Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, 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

    Tricon Films & 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

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For further information:

For further information: Molly Merrick, Publicist, Corus Entertainment
Inc., (416) 530-2247,; Samantha Taus, Unit
Publicist, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5612,

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