YTV greenlights Season 6 of hit series The Next Star
Next Star Nation launches: new cross-platform fan hub
Keshia Chanté, Tara Oram and Mark Spicoluk return as judges
New host to be announced on March 20
Corus Entertainment's YTV is pleased to announce that the network's top-rated series The Next Star will be back for Season 6. Hot on the heels of Season 5 winner Brooklyn’s popular single “Lemon & Lime,” The Next Star is anticipating another year of pop-star talent discovery. The series 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.
JUNO Award-winning R&B/pop recording-artist Keshia Chanté, country sweetheart and TV personality Tara Oram, and A&R pro and label executive Mark Spicoluk return as this year's judges and mentors. A soon to be announced new host will join the trio and embark on a nationwide, six-city search for Canada's most talented young performers, one of whom will be crowned Canada’s Next Star.
Later this month, the identity of the new host and audition date schedule will be revealed on the show’s new cross-platform destination Next Star Nation. The Next Star 6 supporting social media pages will all fall under this hub, where #TNS6 devotees can have the ultimate fan experience, discover, share and become more involved in the show than ever before. With a rapidly growing and loyal online fan base, Next Star Nation will be the place fans can find breaking news, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage – including special clues about the new host prior to the official reveal - and sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and more.
"We’re thrilled to have The Next Star return for a 6th season and continue to work with Corus Entertainment’s YTV,” said Andrea Gorfolova, President of Tricon Films and Television. “The brand has grown not only to capture and entertain large audiences, but also as a development tool for young Canadian artists who are able to learn and flourish from the experience."
“We ended last season on a high note, with a panel of new judges and fresh talent,” said Jocelyn Hamilton,Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama. “We’re looking forward to meeting a brand new roster of talent and revealing the surprises we have in store for Season 6.”
About The Next Star
Produced by leading Toronto distributor and producer Tricon Films and Television in association with YTV, The Next Star follows a new group of hopefuls from across the country, aged 15 and under as they vie for the ultimate prize – the title of The Next Star. With an array of challenges that helps them master their original sound, style and stage presence, the top six finalists will all get a taste of the limelight, but only one will take home the coveted title of The Next Star at the Finale, live from Canada’s Wonderland. The Next Star can count some of Canada’s hottest talent as alumni, including 2013 Juno Award nominee and platinum-selling artist Victoria Duffield and fellow JUNO Award nominee and double-platinum artist Alyssa Reid. Also making waves in the Canadian music industry is Season 4 winner Charlie, whose single landed her on Billboard’s Top 100 Canadian Emerging Artists’ Chart and music video on iTunes’ top 10 list.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
About Tricon Films & Television
Tricon Films & Television is one of North America’s leading producers and distributors. With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Tricon has quickly emerged as a prominent supplier of award-winning factual and scripted programming that continues to be successful around the world. Tricon's distribution arm features a broad catalogue of high quality, multi-platform content including primetime scripted drama and comedy, kids, lifestyle, factual and documentary series and specials. www.triconfilms.com.
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