From a media release:
Auditions Begin May 17 in Halifax
Leading Toronto-based producer and distributor Tricon Films & Television and Corus Entertainment‘s YTV are pleased to announce that Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) will be the host of The Next Star premiering Friday, July 18 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Joining him in the search for Canada’s fresh, young talents are musician Suzie McNeil (Rockstar: INXS), songwriter Christopher Ward and music marketing exec Steve Cranwell, who will mentor the performers throughout the series.
The Next Star auditions begin in Halifax on Saturday, May 17 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. More auditions will take place in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary. Hopefuls can visit www.YTV.com for more information on the audition process, rules and regulations.
A Mississauga, Ontario native, Ruggiero is best known for his role as Marco on the hit TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. As host, Ruggiero will walk viewers through the audition process as The Next Star hits the road, providing support and direction to the six aspiring participants.
“We are thrilled to have Adamo Ruggiero as host of The Next Star,” said Executive Producer Andrea Gorfolova. “Adamo is a national role model and his talent and energy make him a perfect choice. His inspiration will surely capture the spirit of The Next Star.”
“I’ve been performing for most of my life and I look forward to my role as host on The Next Star,” said Ruggiero. “It will be a pleasure to help this talented group of performers prepare for the sometimes tough entertainment industry experience.”
Each participant will have personal mentoring from industry insiders. Susie McNeil, the last woman standing on CBS’s Rockstar: INXS, has signed on as one of The Next Star professional mentors. McNeil’s single “Believe” was recently 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.
“Music has been such an integral part of my life, from the moment I was born,” said McNeil. “So the chance to help mentor young kids is a dream for me. I can’t wait to watch these talented young singers grow into stars right before my eyes.”
Christopher Ward, Canada’s first VJ, MuchMusic veteran and writer of Alannah Myles’ hit single “Black Velvet” will also bring his talents to The Next Star mentorship team.
Music industry marketing exec Steven Cranwell, former Senior Vice President of Marketing at Universal Music Canada, will also be giving his expert advice to The Next Star performers.