The Next Star

The Next Star
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Official Logo of season 4
Format Interactive reality game show
Presented by Adamo Ruggiero
Judges Suzie McNeil
Christopher Ward
Steve Cranwell
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 4
Running time Varies
Original channel (TV channel)
Original run July 18, 2008 – Present
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The Next Star is a Canadian reality television show on YTV hosted by Adamo Ruggiero. The show is a competition to find the most talented singer in Canada who is under 15 years of age. The next star inspires many to come and audition for their chance to win the next star. Winning contestants are Dunnery Bond, Tianda Flegel, Diego Gomes and Melissa "Charlie" Storwick. Three contestants have had commercial success after their appearance on the show: Alyssa Reid with the song "Alone Again", certified as gold in Canada, Brock Zanrosso with the song "Edge (End of the World)" and Victoria Duffield with the song "Shut Up And Dance"

On the show, Canadian singers 15-years-old or younger can audition in an open call, attracting thousands nationwide. Some are selected to audition in front of the judges: Suzie McNeil, Christopher Ward, and Steve Cranwell. A total of 16 finalists are selected to proceed to Toronto, where they then perform another song of their choice, and the top six are chosen. The final six contestants are then put through multiple tasks from creating a single to choosing their look. Finalists spend a couple weeks in Toronto, culminating in a live finale.



Year Season Winner Age (at time of show)
2008 1 Dunnery Bond 14
2009 2 Tianda Flegel 15
2010 3 Diego Gomes 13 (14 at finale)
2011 4 Melissa "Charlie" Storwick 12

Season 1

Season one premiered on YTV, on July 18, 2008. During the first two episodes, there was a coast-to-coast search for the next big hit. The judges traveled to Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Vancouver. Out of thousands that auditioned, only twelve contestants were selected and proceeded to the semi-finals. In Toronto, the judges then decided which six of the twelve would continue.

Top 6

These were the top six contestants of season one. It was soon announced that 11 year old Charlotte Kosc had been diagnosed with viral meningitis and pneumonia in her right lung and therefore couldn't continue in the competition (she had been chosen to carry on as one of the top six). Amanda Rowland was selected as a replacement.

  • Alyssa Reid, then aged 15, now 18
  • Amanda Rowland, then aged 14 now 18
  • Briar Gillis, then aged 14 now 18
  • Christina LeClair, then aged 13, 14 at the finale, now 16
  • Dunnery Bond, then aged 14, now 17
  • Maranda Thomas, then aged 11, now 15
# Contestants Eliminations
01 02
1 Dunnery Bond TOP 6 WON Halifax, Nova Scotia
2 Briar Gillis TOP 6 FINALIST Vineland, Ontario
3 Amanda Rowland TOP 6 {sub} FINALIST Montreal, Quebec
4 Maranda Thomas TOP 6 FINALIST Missisauga, Ontario'
5 Christina LeClair TOP 6 FINALIST Brantford, Ontario
6 Alyssa Reid TOP 6 FINALIST Brampton, Ontario
7 Moises Duot OUT Winnipeg, Manitoba
8 Andrea Macasaet OUT Winnipeg, Manitoba
9 Chloe Lloyd OUT Maple Ridge, British Columbia
10 Charlotte Kosc "Top 6" "Dropped Out" Winnipeg, Manitoba
11 Kieran Jacobs OUT Kahnawake, Quebec
12 Savannah Boyko OUT Winnipeg, Manitoba


Each of the six finalists also got to record a single, available on iTunes or on the show's season one compilation EP.

# Song Artist Length
1. "Gonna Make You Dance" Alyssa Reid 3:26
2. "Stuck In My World" Maranda Thomas 3:11
3. "Shy" Dunnery Bond 3:02
4. "From the Heart" Amanda Rowland 3:19
5. "The Last Word" Briar Gillis 3:15
6. "Everyday Crazy" Christina LeClair 3:36


The first three episodes consisted of auditions and narrowing the top 12 down to 6 finalists.

Episode Theme Info
4 Musical Medical The Top Six are after Episode 3.
6 The Next You The Top Six find and create their own unique looks.
7 Meet the Press The Top Six are interviewed on The Zone
8 The Duet The Top Six partner up to perform a duet: Alyssa & Amanda, Briar & Christina, and Dunnery & Maranda.
9 Giving Back The Top Six give back to local charities.
10 The Buzz The Top Six will travel across Toronto to attend to some superstar duties and meet Nikki Yanofsky.
11 The Single The Top Six unveil the finished result of their singles.
12 The Look Back A recap of the entire season.
13 Live Finale Dunnery Bond is crowned the winner at Canada's Wonderland on September 28, 2008.

Contestant Success

Alyssa Reid's debut single called "If you Are" which was released on August 23, 2010 with an accompanying music video. Her ssecond single called "Along Again" featuring P. Reign. "Alone Again" was released in November 2010, entering the Canadian Hot 100 at #79 for the week of January 1, 2011 and peaked at #11 the week of April 23, 2011.[1] It was also certified Gold by the RIAA. Alone Again also had a music video. On February 2011, she entered the "Canadian Emerging Artist" chart at #1. Her second single, "The Game" was released on May 31, 2011 and entered the Canadian Hot 100 at #89 on the week of August 3, 2011 and peaked #35 on the week of September 24,2011. She has released two studio albums. She has worked with many big named artists such as P. Reign, Tyler Medeiros, Danny Fernandes, JRDN, Jesse Labelle, and Emily Osment.

Season 2

The second season of "The Next Star!" premiered on July 17, 2009.[1] Suzie McNeil, Steve Cranwell and Christopher Ward all returned as judges, and Adamo Ruggiero returned as host.[2]


This season's format is very similar to the previous one, with the judges and host traveling to 6 different locations throughout Canada to find their top contestants. But, unlike last year, the judges chose 16 contestants to move on to the semi-finals, as opposed to last year's Top 12. The winner will receive a grand prize package valued at over $6 million Canadian dollars including studio time at Metalworks Studios, to write and record two additional songs (not including the one performed on the show). These songs will be produced by Universal Canada, and released in spring 2010. They will also have their own showcase at the premier annual Canadian Music Week Showcase, where they will debut their songs; as well as receiving a J-45 Standard Acoustic Guitar and an Epiphone Valve Jr. Combo Amp courtesy of Gibson Guitars. The season's compilation EP was released in October 2009.[3]

The September 27 finale, from International Showplace at Canada's Wonderland, featured performances by FeFe Dobson and Justin Bieber, who had recently earned his first hit with "One Time", but not yet released an album.

Top 6

The Top 6 was revealed to Canada on August 7, 2009.

  • Wren Burnett, then age 14 (13 at time of audition), now 15
  • Tianda Flegel, then aged 15, now 17
  • Lizz Kellermann, then age 15, now 17
  • Darrelyne Bickel, then age 15, now 17
  • Rayandra Hudson, then age 14 (13 at time of audition), now 15
  • Brock Zanrosso, then age 15, now 16
# Contestants Eliminations Hometown
1 2
1 Tianda Flegel TOP 6 WON Fraser Lake, British Columbia
2 Brock Zanrosso TOP 6 FINALIST Richmond, British Columbia
3 Lizz Kellermann TOP 6 FINALIST Missisauga, Ontario
4 Rayandra Hudson TOP 6 FINALIST Missisauga, Ontario
5 Darrelyne Bickel TOP 6 FINALIST The Pas, Manitoba
6 Wren Burnett TOP 6 FINALIST Halifax, Nova Scotia
7 David Marino OUT Montreal, Quebec
8 Jordan Bergeron OUT Boisbriand, Quebec
9 Jonathan Lewis OUT Oakville, Ontario
10 Adriana Lombardo OUT Brampton, Ontario
11 Cheyenne Duff OUT N/A
12 Brady Chyzyk OUT Virden, Manitoba
13 Carlyn Graff OUT Winnipeg, Manitoba
14 Lauren Adamoski OUT N/A
15 Kimberly Truong OUT Prince Rupert, British Columbia
16 Sabrina Duda OUT N/A


Each of the six finalists also got to record a single, which are available on iTunes or on the show's season two compilation CD EP.

# Song Artist Producer
1. "Without You Here" Tianda Flegel Ron Lopata
2. "One More First Chance" Brock Zanrosso Shawn Desman
3. "If I Fall" Wren Burnett Davor Vulama
4. "Solitude of Sunday" Darrelyne Bickel Dave Thompson
5. "More Perfect than a Doll" Lizz Kellermann Simon Wilcox
6. "What We Need is Love" Rayandra Hudson Chin Injeti

Contestant Success

Brock Zanrosso has released three singles: "Push The Walls", "Edge (End of the World)" (which has reached commercial success) and "Perfect Storm", all with accompanying music videos. In 2011, he released an EP "Prelude". The song "Suffocate" was featured on an episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Tianda Flegel released her single with a music video called "Liar Liar" in 2010. She had another single released on July 13, 2010 on iTunes called "Run for Cover".

Top 16 contestant Adriana Lombardo released single "We Are Young" featuring Eyesus in 2011 under the name Adriiana

Season 3

With all three judges and Adamo returning, the audition tour visited St. Johns, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Saskatoon. Sixteen contestants from across the six cities were invited to Toronto for an additional audition before the judges, after which they were narrowed down to the annual top 6. Weekly episodes ran one hour, the finale 1:30pm. At Canada's Wonderland's International Showplace, Diego Gomes won. He was presented a prize package containing Kool-Aid Jammers Ultimate Jam Space, a Gibson guitar, and recording software to write and record songs at home.

# Contestants Eliminations Hometown
1 2
1 Diego Gomes TOP 6 WON Toronto, Ontario
2 Isabelle Stern TOP 6 FINALIST Lorraine, Quebec
3 Mimoza Duot TOP 6 FINALIST Winnipeg, Manitoba
4 Brandon Bizior TOP 6 FINALIST Hamilton, Ontario
5 Madi Amyotte TOP 6 FINALIST St. Albert, Alberta
6 Victoria Duffield TOP 6 FINALIST Abbotsford, British Columbia

The finalists were featured in a YTV Holiday Special that December, in a music video with Carlos (The Zone), singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You".

Contestant Success

Diego Gomes currently has two singles out called "Call my Name" and "Tonight We're on Fire" both on iTunes and released in 2011. He also had a guest appearance on one of the early episodes of the 4th season of the Next Star.

Victoria Duffield got a record deal from Warner Music Canada in 2011. Her debut single called "Shut up and Dance" was released on July 19th along with a music video which was also available on iTunes on the same day. A week after her single was released, her song hit many major Canadian radio stations. She is currently working on a new single. She also had a guest appearance on the Next Star season 4 finale episode.

Isabelle Stern won the first prize of 1000 $ twice on the French television show "L'echelle Du Talent." She also had been writing songs , and has won a music video, recording time , and is hoping to hit the studio in a few weeks. In the meantime , she is doing many shows in Montreal, locally , and at school.

Mimoza Duot has released a single called "Love" on her youtube channel on July 10th, 2011. It was released on iTunes on August 3rd, 2011. She is currently working on the music video and is releasing it late this year. The video has a cameo appearance of Kardinal Offishall. She worked on the single with Jonathan Arsenault and Derick Robinson from So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Season 4

The fourth season of The Next Star premiered on July 18, 2011. All three judges and host Adamo returned for the season. The season got a new logo - a big star with the on it. This season also had a new intro and the theme was slightly modified for the opening title sequence. For the first time since the first season, Calgary, Alberta was one of the 6 audition cities.

# Top 16 Finalist Age Hometown
1. Parker 12 Duncan, British Columbia
2. Dylan 15 Fairview, Alberta
3. Lexie 14 Radville, Saskatchewan
4. April 13 Winnipeg, Manitoba
5. Melissa "Charlie" 12 Won at finale Calgary, Alberta
6. Dane 11 Winnipeg, Manitoba
7. Milly 16 Longueuil, Quebec
8. Sydney 15 Oakville, Ontario
9. Christian 12 Peterborough, Ontario
10. Angela 15 Scarborough, Ontario
11. Bradley 14 Castleton, Ontario
12. Wu 15 Scarborough, Ontario
13. Aiden 9 Thornhill, Ontario
14. JD 15 Vineland, Ontario
15. Andrew 15 Halifax, Nova Scotia
16. Shania 15 Saint Philippe, New Brunswick

The Top 6 were revealed to Canada August, 2011.

  • Melissa "Charlie" Storwick, age 12, now 13
  • Parker Schmidt, age 12
  • April Llave, age 13
  • JD Meeboer, age 15
  • Milly Benzu, aged 15, now 16
  • Shania Fillmore, aged 15, now 16
# Contestants Eliminations Hometown
1 2
1 Melissa "Charlie" Storwick TOP 6 WON Calgary, Alberta
2 Parker Schmidt TOP 6 FINALIST Duncan, British Columbia
3 April Llave TOP 6 FINALIST Winnipeg, Manitoba
4 JD Meeboer TOP 6 FINALIST Vineland, Ontario
5 Milly Benzu TOP 6 FINALIST Longueuil, Quebec
6 Shania Fillmore TOP 6 FINALIST St. Philippe, New Brunswick

Contestant Success

Charlie had a few Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Edmonton radio stations play her single Good as Gone a few days after the live finale. She was also interviewed on a few radio stations and television shows after her win on the show. Both Charlie and JD have had their music videos air on Much Music.

Shania Fillmore had her music video for "Dreams" air on CMT and her single played at a New Brunswick radio station a few days after the live finale.


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