Corus Entertainment’s YTV talent series, The Next Star, is back for another season starting July 18.
This year, more than 4,000 Canadian kids auditioned during The Next Star’s cross-country tour with hopes of making it into the Top 16. The winner will be voted The Next Star and receive the grand prize package at the series’ finale on September 25. Last year, more than 3 million viewers voted to determine the winner via text message and at YTV.com.
Produced by Toronto distributor and producer Tricon Films and Television in association with YTV, the first three episodes take place during nationwide auditions that feature hopefuls aged 15 and under as they try to make it to the next round. Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) returns as host while musician Suzie McNeil, songwriter Christopher Ward and music marketing exec Steve Cranwell return to mentor, guide and judge this year’s aspiring singers. Special guests will participate throughout the season; previous guests have included Justin Bieber, Fefe Dobson and Shawn Desman.
In terms of amplified fan engagement, viewers will be able to connect with contestants, judges and other fans through live moderated chats every Monday night, presented by The Allan Candy Company. As well, fans will be able to enter to win numerous Next Star-themed prize packs throughout the season.