The Next Star announces host & audition tour

From a media release:

YTV Announces Carlos Bustamante as the New Host of The Next Star

  • Six-city audition search begins Saturday, April 20 in Montreal

Today Tricon Films and Television and Corus Entertainment’s YTV announced that Canadian television personality Carlos Bustamante (YTV’s The Zone, Big Fun Movies) is taking on the role as host of The Next Star for the show’s sixth season set to air in July 2013. Carlos will be joining the cross-Canada audition tour with returning judges Keshia Chanté, Tara Oram, and Mark Spicoluk, to usher The Next Star’s new hopefuls from their first audition to finale.


As a long-time host of YTV’s The Zone, Big Fun Movies and the celebrity interview specials One 2 One, Carlos has interviewed A-list celebrities including One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. No stranger to the spotlight, Carlos is also a talented dancer and has trained and performed across North America since his professional career began at age eight. Carlos always makes the time to give back to the community and has been found working alongside Kids Help Phone, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Ontario Special Olympics, The Hospital for Sick Children and UNITY charity.

As with previous seasons, The Next Star auditions will be open to kids aged 15 and under and will focus on finding Canada’s next singing sensation. Open casting calls will be held in the following cities on these dates:

Saturday, April 20
Palais des congres de Montreal
1001 Place Jean Paul Riopelle, Montreal, QC H2Z 1M2

Wednesday, April 24
WTCC Halifax
1800 Argyle St., Halifax, NS B3J 3N8

Wednesday, May 8
MacEwan Conference & Event Centre
402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Saturday, May 11
Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5

Tuesday, May 14
Winnipeg Convention Centre
375 York Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19
Toronto Metro Convention Centre
255 Front St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6

Additional information about open casting call locations will be announced Monday, March 25 on and via the show’s new cross-platform digital destination, Next Star Nation.

The Next Star’s sixth season will premiere July 2013 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 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.


27 thoughts on “The Next Star announces host & audition tour”

  1. Just wondering if there will ever be a time when they come to St.John’s newfoundland we have lots of young talent here just waiting for their opportunity to be discovered.

    1. same but with Moncton New Brunswick… TERE IS LOTS OF TALENT HERE IN MONCTON!!!!!

  2. I really want to audition but my parents and I can’t find the right website. What do I do?

  3. i want to audition but i can’t find the right website what do i do?

    1. I want to but it’s too late it’s tomorrow in Vancouver. Now I’m crying in my room.when is next season as in not this season which is now

      1. OMG same I’m cryin in my room over that tooo I think they should actually announce the date on YTV maybe on a commercial or something

  4. Aww I’m so sorry but on the bright side you have a year to practice so you’ll make it for sure

  5. No I missed auditions my one dream was to at least try and make it to round 2 :'(

  6. my dream is to try and show everyone my talent for singing but i cannot find the right web to find out all the deats…….. can anyone help?

  7. kaylin,

    The information for auditions is usually announced a month or so before the auditions actually happen. It was posted here in late March with the auditions happening on various dates from late April through late May and the show coming on tv in July. If there is a 7th season i would suggest you look for the information beginning in late March. Unfortunately it is too late once the first episode of the season is on tv.

    To all those who tried clicking the link, it is a typo found in the original press release. The show’s website is a sub-domain of and it doesn’t accept the www prefix.

  8. Are they going to announce season 7? I know it’s real early but I wanted to try out this year but I didn’t know the date for montreal audition. I want to try out for s7 though….

  9. Why, can’t they come to Saskatoon? We have talent… We as Saskatoon people have amazing voices, that could blow the judges away!

  10. Omg I’m going on the next star next year I’m so ganna do it I know I can still if I’m young I’m just 11

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