The Next Star is a Canadian reality television show on YTV hosted by Adamo Ruggiero (seasons 1-5) and Carlos Bustamante. (season 6-7). The show is a competition to find the most talented singer in Canada who is aged 15 years or younger to win and become "the next star". Winning contestants are Dunnery Bond (Season 1), Tianda Flegal (Season 2), Diego Gomes (Season 3), Melissa "Charlie" Storwick (Season 4), Brooklyn Roebuck (Season 5), Alicia Moffet (Season 6) and Jory Zechner (Season 7).

In addition to host Adamo Ruggiero (2008–2012), the judges for the first 4 seasons (2008–2011) included Suzie McNeil, Steve Cranwell, and Christopher Ward. The current judges (2012–present) are Keshia Chante, Mark Spicoluk, and Tara Oram. Season 5 aired on YTV from July 16 to September 23, 2012. The stylists and coaches (2008–2014) are Jasmine Denham-Baird (Vocal Coach), Michael Riccio (Dance and Choreography), Peter Papapetrou (Clothes and Wardrobe), and Dee Daly (Hair and Makeup Stylist).

As of season 6, Carlos Bustamante (host of YTV's The Zone) is replacing the show's former host, Adamo Ruggiero and Web Host Mark "Suki" Suknanan was added to the cast.

On September 22, 2013, YTV announced that The Next Star was getting a spin-off show, entitled, The Next Star - Supergroups. It will be about groups of singers performing. The very first episode premiered March 11, 2014. The season one finale premiered April 13, 2014.

On March 5, 2014, the show's Facebook page confirmed that The Next Star will continue onto season seven [2] and premiered on July 14 to September 21, 2014. Season 7 has Dan Kanter replacing Keshia Chante as a judge.[3]

Season 1 (2008)

Top 6

These were the top 100 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 age 15
  • Briar Gillis, then age 14
  • Christina LeClair, then age 13, 14 at the finale
  • Dunnery Bond, then age 14
  • Maranda Thomas, then age 11
  • Amanda Rowland, then age 14
1Dunnery Bond1stWONHalifax, Nova Scotia
2Briar Gillis2ndFINALISTVineland, Ontario
3Charlotte Kosc3rdDropped OutWinnipeg, Manitoba
4Maranda Thomas4thFINALISTMississauga, Ontario
5Christina LeClair5thFINALISTBrantford, Ontario
6Alyssa Reid6thFINALISTBrampton, Ontario
7Amanda Rowland7thSub for CharlotteMontreal, Quebec
8Andrea Macasaet8thWinnipeg, Manitoba
9Chloe Lloyd9thMaple Ridge, British Columbia
10Moses Duot10thWinnipeg, Manitoba
11Kieran Jacobs11thKahnawake, Quebec
12Savannah Boyko12thWinnipeg, Manitoba
13Teemu Alexander13thWinnipeg, Manitoba


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

1."Gonna Make You Dance"Alyssa Reid3:26
2."Stuck In My World"Maranda Thomas3:11
3."Shy"Dunnery Bond3:02
4."From the Heart"Amanda Rowland3:19
5."The Last Word"Briar Gillis3:15
6."Everyday Crazy"Christina LeClair3:36


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

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

Season 2 (2009)

The second season of "The Next Star!" premiered on July 17, 2009.[5] Suzie McNeil, Steve Cranwell and Christopher Ward all returned as judges, and Adamo Ruggiero returned as host.[6]


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 Season 1, the judges chose 16 contestants to move on to the semi-finals, as opposed to Season 1's Top 12. The winner received 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 were 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.[8]

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 13
  • Tianda Flegal, then age 13
  • Lizz Kellermann, then age 14
  • Darrelyne Bickel, then age 15
  • Rayandra Hudson, then age 13 at the audition, then 14 throughout the show and final
  • Brock Zanrosso, then age 14
1Tianda Flegal1stWONFraser Lake, British Columbia
2Brock Zanrosso2ndFINALISTRichmond, British Columbia
3Lizz Kellermann3rdFINALISTMissisauga, Ontario
4Rayandra Hudson4thFINALISTMissisauga, Ontario
5Darrelyne Bickel5thFINALISTThe Pas, Manitoba
6Wren Burnett6thFINALISTHalifax, Nova Scotia
7David Marino16th/7thMontreal, Quebec
8Jordan Bergeron16th/7thBoisbriand, Quebec
9Jonathan Lewis16th/7thOakville, Ontario
10Adriana Lombardo16th/7thBrampton, Ontario
11Cheyenne Duff16th/7thStratford, Ontario
12Brady Chyzyk16th/7thVirden, Manitoba
13Carlyn Graff16th/7thWinnipeg, Manitoba
14Lauren Adamoski16th/7thEdmonton, Alberta
15Kimberly Truong16th/7thPrince Rupert, British Columbia
16Sabrina Duda16th/7thSurrey, British Columbia


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

1."Without You Here"Tianda FlegalTri Define Records
2."One More First Chance"Brock ZanrossoShawn Desman
3."If I Fall"Wren BurnettDavor Vulama
4."Solitude of Sunday"Darrelyne BickelDave Thompson
5."More Perfect than a Doll"Lizz KellermannSimon Wilcox
6."What We Need is Love"Rayandra HudsonChin Injeti

Season 3 (2010)

The Next Star returns with a third season. Host Adamo Ruggiero, Judges Suzie McNeil, Steve Cranwell, and Christopher Ward. This contains the first Christmas themed episode. The song was "All I Want For Christmas Is You".

The Top 6

1Diego GomesTOP 6WON
2Victoria DuffieldTOP 6Finalist
3Isabelle SternTOP 6Finalist
4Mimoza DuotTOP 6Finalist
5Madi AmyotteTOP 6Finalist
6Brandon BiziorTOP 6Finalist


1."My Bestfriend's Girl"Diego Gomes
2."I've Got A Crush On You"Isabelle Stern
3."Front Row"Madi Amyotte
4."Insane (Thru With U)"Mimoza Duot
5."Better Off Anyway"Brandon Bizior
6."Fever"Victoria Duffield

The top six were called back to Toronto once again around December to perform a top 6 group music video of the Christmas song "All I Want For Christmas is You".

Season 4 (2011)

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 show title 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.

The Top 6 were revealed to Canada August 2011.

1Charlie StorwickTOP 6WINNERCalgary, Alberta
2Shania FillmoreTOP 6FINALISTSaint-Philippe, New Brunswick
3Milly BenzuTOP 6FINALISTLongueuil, Quebec
4JD MeeboerTOP 6FINALISTVineland, Ontario
5April LlaveTOP 6FINALISTWinnipeg, Manitoba
6Parker SchmidtTOP 6FINALISTDuncan, British Columbia
7Angela ApigoOUTScarborough, Ontario
8Lexie TytlandsvikOUTRadville, Saskatchewan
9Dane BjornsonOUTWinnipeg, Manitoba
10Sydney DelongOUTOakville, Ontario
11Kristian PaschalisOUTPeterborough, Ontario
12Dylan MuellerOUTFairview, Alberta
13Bradley MartinezOUTCastleton, Ontario
14Yanxiu WuOUTScarborough, Ontario
15Andrew MachumOUTHalifax, Nova Scotia
16KimberlyOUTVancouver, British Columbia


1.Charlie Storwick"Good As Gone"Calgary, Alberta
2.Shania Fillmore"Dreams"Scarborough, Ontario
3.JD Meeboer"Sparks Are Gonna Fly"Vineland, Ontario
4.Parker Schmidt"It Might Be You"Scarborough, Ontario
5.April Llave"Spotlight"Winnipeg, Manitoba
6.Milly Benzu"If You Were Mine"Longueuil, Quebec
7.Top 6"Turn It Up Up Up"Various

Season 5 (2012)

Adamo Ruggiero returned as the host for season 5, with Keshia Chante, Mark Spicoluk, and Tara Oram as new judges. The season premiered on July 16, 2012. This season the show also hit over 6500 followers on Twitter [9] and 60,000 likes on their Facebook.[10] A new part is "The Wild Card", four people who received a "No" at the auditions are reconsidered and one will get The Wild Card, a chance to continue on. The live finale at Canada's Wonderland was held on September 23, 2012. The 'winners song' for the season was "One Thing" by One Direction. Brooklyn performed the "winners song". In late-September 2012, it was announced that there is going to be another episode of this season titled "48 Hours In The Spotlight". Also, on November 12, 2012, it was announced that there will be a Christmas episode, song and music video with the whole top 6, premiering on December 11, 2012 after Life with Boys: Naughty or Nice with Boys. "48 Hours In The Spotlight" will contain Brooklyn's second single/music video. The 'Winner's Episode' premiered on December 18, 2012. This was the second Christmas episode since Season 3. Pop singer Aleesia performed as a musical guest for the show.

  • Brooklyn Roebuck, then age 14
  • Darren Espanto, age 10 at auditions, then 11 during the show and final
  • Ryan Hawken, age 14 at auditions, then 15 during the show and final
  • Amer Dhaliwal, then age 15
  • Grace Johnston, then age 15
  • Issy Dahl, age 14 at auditions, then 15 during the show and final

Choosing the Wild Card

The judges picked 4 contestants who at first received a "No" at the auditions. Issy then received the Wild Card.

1Issy DahlNominatedWON AS WILD CARDWinnipeg, Manitoba
2Jonah BerensNominatedOUTWinnipeg, Manitoba
3Rebecca LappaNominatedOUTEdmonton, Alberta
4MariaNominatedOUTMaple Ridge, British Columbia

Top 6

1Brooklyn RoebuckTOP 6WONChatham, Ontario
2Darren EspantoTOP 6FinalistCalgary, Alberta
3Ryan HawkenTOP 6FinalistToronto, Ontario
4Amer DhaliwalTOP 6FinalistBrampton, Ontario
5Grace JohnstonTOP 6FinalistWinnipeg, Manitoba
6Issy DahlTOP 6FinalistWinnipeg, Manitoba
7MadiOUTWhitehorse, Yukon
8BriannaOUTMusgrave Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador
9DanielOUTWinnipeg, Manitoba
10VinceOUTOshawa, Ontario
11Kafaye RoseOUTToronto, Ontario
12KaijaOUTOttawa, Ontario
13BeckyOUTDollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec


Episode #TitleSummaryAir date
1"Auditions, Part 1"The judges Tara Oram, Keshia Chante and Mark Spicoluk set off to find the top 13 with the host Adamo Ruggiero.July 16, 2012
2"Auditions, Part 2"The judges Tara Oram, Keshia Chante and Mark Spicoluk set off to find the top 13 with the host Adamo Ruggiero.July 23, 2012
3"Auditions, Part 3"The judges Tara Oram, Keshia Chante and Mark Spicoluk set off to find the top 13 with the host Adamo Ruggiero.July 30, 2012
4"Top 6"The judges have found the top 13 and are now watching them perform to find the top 6. Brooklyn, Amer, Ryan, Darren, Grace and Issy are the top 6.August 6, 2012
5"The Next Song"The top 6 choose their own song, style, dance moves and wardrobe.August 13, 2012
6"Panel of Experts"Now the panel of experts choose the top 6's wardrobe, style, dance moves and song.August 20, 2012
7"So Much!"The panel of experts once again choose the top 6's wardrobe, style, dance moves and song. Plus, they film a commercial for the finale.August 27, 2012
8"Music Videos, Part 1"Grace, Brooklyn and Darren get together with their own producer to create their own single and music video.September 3, 2012
9"Music Video, Part 2"Amer, Issy and Ryan get together with their own producer to create their own single and music video.September 10, 2012
10"It's NOW"The top 6 create a group single called "NOW" and they film a music video for the song.September 17, 2012
11"The Next Star Finale"The judges, the host and the top 6 join together for the live finale with singing guest's Shawn Desman, Neverest and Cher Lloyd.September 23, 2012
12"Not On The Naughty List"The gang are back in Toronto and Adamo makes sure that the judges and the top 6 aren't on the Naughty List. They also create one last group song for Christmas.December 11, 2012
13"48 Hours In The Spotlight"This episode follows Brooklyn as she just starts to get the fact that she WON THE NEXT STAR! It will premiere one of her new singles and music video.December 18, 2012


1.Grace"Caught Up"Nicole Hughes
2.Brooklyn"The Way I See You" ft. Nate Hall (finale only)Wayne Petti
3.Darren"Gotta Give A Little Extra"Rezza Brothers
4.Amer"See You Again"Jeff Dazel
5.Issy"More"Rob Wells
6.Ryan"In My Mind"Zubin Thakkar
7.Top 6"Now"Jasmine Denham
8.Top 6"Oh Oh Santa"Jasmine Denham

Season 6 (2013)

Through their Facebook page, The Next Star has confirmed its return for a sixth season. The announcement was made on March 5, 2013.[12] Adamo Ruggiero is not returning to be a host and Carlos Bustamante will instead be taking over, as confirmed in a video released on March 20, 2013.[13] "The Wild Card" is back. It premiered on July 15, 2013 on YTV.[14] This is the first season to have a finale pre-show.

Top 6

1Alicia MoffetTOP 9TOP 6WONMontreal, Quebec
2Alex ZaichkowskiTOP 9TOP 6FinalistSt. Albert, Alberta
3Paige PrescottTOP 9TOP 6FinalistWinnipeg
4Kat MosconeTOP 9TOP 6FinalistToronto, Ontario
5Jaden MacPheeTOP 9TOP 6FinalistWindsor, Ontario
6Dante ScottTOP 9TOP 6FinalistAmherstburg, Ontario
7AngelinaTOP 9OUTWhitehorse, Yukon
8YasmeenTOP 9OUTMusgrave Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador
9Cameron MolloyTOP 9OUTAllison, New Brunswick
10Mason VailOUTSt. Catharines, Ontario
11Olenka BakOUTLondon, Ontario
WildcardGary GordonOUTBarrie, Ontario
  • Alicia Moffet, then age 14, Winner
  • Jaden MacPhee, then age 14 (Finalist)
  • Paige Prescott, then age 15 (Finalist)
  • Alex Zaichkowski, then age 15 (Finalist)
  • Dante Scott, then age 12 (Finalist)
  • Kat Moscone, then age 13 (Finalist)


Episode #TitleSummaryAir date
1"Auditions, Part 1"The judges Tara Oram, Keshia Chante and Mark Spicoluk set off to find the top 13 with the host Carlos Bustamente.July 15, 2013
2"Auditions, Part 2"The judges Tara Oram, Keshia Chante and Mark Spicoluk set off to find the top 13 with the host Carlos Bustamente.July 22, 2013
3"Auditions, Part 3"The judges Tara Oram, Keshia Chante and Mark Spicoluk set off to find the top 13 with the host Carlos Bustamente.July 29, 2013
4"The Little Twist"The top 13 perform to find out who will make the top 9, this seasons twist.August 5, 2013
5"This Seasons Top 6"The top 9 perform to see who will make this season's top 6. Paige, Alex, Kat, Dante, Alicia and Jaden make the top 6.August 12, 2013
6"It's Up To You"The top 6 choose their own style, dance moves and song to perform in front of a live audience.August 19, 2013
7"Flip It"It's now up to the experts to choose their new style & look, dance moves and song in front of live audience.August 26, 2013
8"We're A Team"A top 6 member must help another top 6 member in there perform in front of a live audience.September 2, 2013
9"We Just Don't Care!"The top 6 pair up with another member to perform a song in front of a live audience. Also, they film there group music video titled "We Just Don't Care"September 9, 2013
10"#musicvideos"Alex, Paige, Dante, Alicia, Jaden and Kat film there individual music videos.September 16, 2013
11"The Next Star Finale: Live!"The top 6, the judges and the host, Carlos Bustamante, all join together at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, on September 22, 2013. They find out who will be crowned the show's season 6 'Next Star'.
This season's special guest performers include Cody Simpson and Eleven Past One. They also include Brooklyn Roebuck, Darren Espanto, and the Top 6.
September 22, 2013


1.Top 6"We Just Don't Care"Peter Papapetrou
3.Alex"All I Want"Adam Goldhammer
4.Alicia"Better Watch Out For Me"Ben Knetchel
5.Jaden"Winners"Dan LeMoyne
6.Dante"Goodbye Gravity"Grandson and Son
7.Paige"Say U 2"Stash Caper

The Next Star - Supergroup

During commercial break on the season six live finale (September 22, 2013) it was announced there will be a The Next Star spin-off titled The Next Star - Supergroup. It was soon after confirmed on the official The Next Star Twitter though nothing was said about it. The Next Star - SuperGroup appears to be similar to The Next Star but The Next Star - SuperGroup is not about solo singers, it is about groups of singers performing. There will be new judges and coaches. Not much is known about it. There will be contestants from other seasons on the show including: Parker Schmidt, Shania Fillmore, Isabelle Stern, Amer Dhaliwal, Mimoza Duot, Gary Gordon, Dane Bjornson, Olenka Bak, Bradley Martinez, and Ryan Hawken.[15] The very first episode premiered March 11, 2014. The season one finale premiered April 13, 2014. In the premiere, there was live screening party at Toronto to watch the first episode, attended by the fans of The Next Star, the hosts of the show, and other known members including Carlos Bustamente and Ryan Dizon.[2]

Season 7 (2014)

The Next Star continues for a seventh season [2] and premiered on July 14, 2014. Season 7 has Dan Kanter replacing Keshia Chante as a judge.[3]

1Jory ZechnerTOP 6WONNipigon, Ontario
2Kaleia Simons-CookTOP 6FinalistEdmonton, Alberta
3Michaelah WeekesTOP 6FinalistKelowna, British Columbia
4Nissita FrancisTOP 6FinalistBarrie, Ontario
5Ryland ClarkTOP 6FinalistDeseronto, Ontario
6Shon BurnettTOP 6FinalistSurrey, British Columbia
7AnnaOUTRegina, Saskatchewan
8GraceOUTToronto, Ontario
9JakeOUTNewcastle, Ontario
10McKenzieOUTChilliwack, British Columbia
11NayanaOUTOttawa, Ontario
12RichardOUTSouth Surrey, British Columbia
  • Jory Zechner (Winner), then age 15
  • Kaleia Simons-Cook (Finalist), age 12 at auditions, then 13 during the show and final
  • Michaelah Weekes (Finalist), then age 15
  • Nissita Francis (Finalist), age 12 at auditions, then 13 during the show and final
  • Ryland Clark (Finalist), age 14 at auditions, then 15 during the show and final
  • Shon Burnett (Finalist), then age 12


1."Up To Us"Jory Zechner
2."Breaking Glass"Kaleia Simons-Cook
3."What R U Doin 2 Me"Michaelah Weekes
4."Do It"Nissita Francis
5."So Hepburn"Ryland Clark
6."Be Your Holiday"Shon Burnett