The Next Star premieres July 17 on YTV

hi_thenextstar_021From a media release:

Who will be The Next Star? Season 2 of YTV’s hit talent series premieres Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m. ET/PT

  • Adamo Ruggiero returns as host, with Suzie McNeil, Christopher Ward and Steve Cranwell returning as judges

Corus Entertainment’s YTV announced today that the second season of its popular top-rated talent series The Next Star is scheduled to premiere on Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m. After an action-packed cross-Canada search where thousands of talented Canadian kids showed up to auditions, viewers at home can now join in on the fun to watch the journey unfold from the audition process to the final winner.

Produced by leading Toronto distributor and producer Tricon Films and Television in association with YTV, the first three episodes feature young hopefuls (aged 15 and under) from across the country as they audition to make it to the next round. Sixteen singers will continue to participate in episodes four and five, with six finalists chosen to be mentored throughout the remaining seven episodes. These episodes will be filled with special guest stars, and new this year, a live studio audience for each performance. Only one finalist will become The Next Star and receive the grand prize package at the series’ finale on Sunday, September 27 at 7 p.m. live from Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto.

The six featured performers will receive guidance from a panel of industry professionals on how to tackle the music industry as they are challenged in every aspect of the biz – from vocal exercises to participating in media interviews to perfecting a signature look. The question will be: who can master all facets of being a true star?

Modelled after Season 1, viewers at home will vote for their favourite performer via and text message. The finalist with the most viewer votes will take home the title as The Next Star and receive the grand prize package valued at over $35,000 CDN.

The star-studded package includes: Studio time at Metalworks Studios, where Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera and Prince have recorded, a distribution deal with Universal Music Canada of the winner’s songs, a Canadian Music Week showcase where they will debut new songs for industry movers and shakers, as well as a J-45 Standard Acoustic Guitar and an Epiphone Valve Jr. Combo Amp from Gibson Guitar.

The excitement won’t stop there as YTV is giving fans a chance to be crowned The Virtual Next Star. Beginning on Friday, July 17 through to Wednesday, August 5, eligible participants can log onto for a chance to be crowned The Virtual Next Star and win a trip to Toronto and two VIP tickets to the series’ live finale at Canada’s Wonderland in September. The prize includes: one round trip economy flight to Toronto for the winner and a parent or guardian, three nights standard accommodation and $500 CDN.

Once the series has launched on Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m., The Next Star website, found at, will be centre stage for audience interaction, streaming video and the voting process. Viewers will be encouraged to visit the site to vote for their favourite finalist, find show info, surf finalist pages, download extra content and watch behind the scenes footage. Viewers can also join the community of fans through The Next Star message boards and sign up to receive a The Next Star newsletter which will feature breaking news and show developments.

About the mentors:

Suzie McNeil is a JUNO Award nominated artist whose single “Let’s Go” is the theme song for The Next Star. Her single “SuperGirl” is currently a top ten hit. Christopher Ward is Canada’s first VJ, a MuchMusic veteran and writer of Alannah Myles’ hit single “Black Velvet.” Music industry exec Steve Cranwell has an extensive background in music marketing as the former Senior Vice President of Marketing at Universal Music Canada.


24 thoughts on “The Next Star premieres July 17 on YTV”

  1. hey i am a fan of ytv and was wondering what there contact information. It’s actually a suggestion for the next star next year let teens auditions since canadian idol is going to go down. i have a good voice. please tell me ytv contact info is so i can give them a complaint

  2. Hi, I live in Toronto, I wanna know the location of the place i have to go to signup/audition for THE NEXT STAR.

  3. I Can’t wait i am going to the one in Winnipeg i am gunna make those judges happy when i sing i am practicing well i actually already started practicing before!!!:) i am a fan of Next Star :)

  4. Is their going to be a season 3 of The Next Star and if their is going to be a season 3 when does the audition start in Calgary, Alberta. I think i have a great voice and my friend also has a great voice and we both would like to audition. I think I have what it takes to be The Next Star.

    THAX :)

  5. i want to know when the audditions for season three of the next star are for toronto becauce this is going to be my last year i will be able to auddition and i really want to be on the show.

  6. when are the aditions for seson 3 in vancouver and when and what is the judes list of song

  7. okay im jaeanamartin and i want to be asinger but what the port when you so lllllllllaaaaaaaaassssssssssstttttt years one 200and9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 iwant to go on a other sing show sorry but think about that lol jaeana martin wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  8. when are the 2011 audditons in birtish columbia i want to audditon really really bad and i wanna know when it’s coming so i can be prepaired ;)

  9. I would like to know how and where to sign up for the next audition that will be in Edmonton? This has alway’s been something I have wanted to try out for…I LOVE MY MUSIC AND DANCE!

  10. HI Im a big Fan. I would like to know how and where to sign up for the next audition that will be in Edmonton? Cause i love to to sing or dance

  11. I live in Nova Scotia. Will auditions be in halifax cause i only need a 4 hour drive and i want to know the list someone plz send me a link

  12. hey i was wondering i live in welland and i would like to audition for the next star so where and when is it (for 2010)

  13. im told i can make the next star i relly think i hould try btw i wanted to know when r the auditions in toronto

  14. when r the auditions in halifax?? I wanna be known for my singing soo bad i love singing it means the world to me and if i could i would be the happyest person in the world!!

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