Today Corus Entertainment’s YTV and Tricon Filmsand Television are thrilled to announce that The Next Star will be returning for a seventh season set to air in July 2014. This will make the singing competition series Canada’s longest running televised talent competition. Carlos Bustamante will return as host joined by returning judges Keshia Chanté, Tara Oram, and Mark Spicoluk, to usher The Next Star’s new hopefuls from their first audition to finale.“We were blown away by the level of talent on the last season of The Next Star, and the finale was a true television spectacle,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Original Productions, Corus Kids. “We’re excited to give Canada’s young talented performers another opportunity to develop their skills, launch their careers and find a place in the national spotlight.”With its return for a seventh season, The Next Star’s loyal audience will see incredible aspiring performers from coast to coast and follow the journey of the finalists as they develop into pop stars. Past Next Star finalists have included Victoria Duffield, Alyssa Reid and most recently, the winner of Season 6, Alicia Moffet, who is releasing her first single, “Why Do Boys Lie,” with Sony Music Entertainment Canada on Tuesday, March 11.Another exciting development on Tuesday, March 11, is the premiere of The Next Star: SuperGroup. The spin-off show is open to finalists up to the age of 18, appealing to fans who have grown up with the series and are now in their teens. Viewers will be glued to the journey of 30 finalists experiencing an intense, top-level talent showdown with the final goal to be part of a new mega boy or girl group.“We feel extraordinarily lucky to have been making this fun, exciting, and unique show going on seven seasons,” said Marc Kell Whitehead, Tricon’s General Manager of Production. “With the addition of The Next Star: SuperGroup this year we have continued to expand Next Star Nation for the fans, and to give them access to the brightest future stars of Canadian music.”As in previous seasons, The Next Star auditions for Season 7will be taking place across Canada and will focus on finding Canada’s next singing sensation. Open casting calls will be held in the following cities on these dates:
- April 26 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
- April 29 – Montreal, Quebec
- May 3– Winnipeg, Manitoba
- May 6 – Edmonton, Alberta
- May 10 – Vancouver, British Columbia
- May 17and May 18 – Toronto, Ontario
Additional information about open casting call locations will be announced by the end of March on www.nextstar.ytv.com and via the show’s cross-platform digital destination, #NextStarNation.The Next Star Season 7 will premiere July 2014 on YTV and will follow the young finalists on their once-in-a-lifetime journey as they master their sound, style and stage presence. R&B star and host of BET’s 106 and Park, Keshia Chanté, Canada’s country sweetheart Tara Oram, and music biz impresario Mark Spicoluk, will return to preside over the judges’ table, ready to guide the finalists to find their best sound, and give the performances of a lifetime.