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Performers gather for chance to be the Next Star

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Hundreds of kids show their excitement while waiting in lineups to audition in the Next Star auditons at the RBC Convention Centre this morning.

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Hundreds of kids show their excitement while waiting in lineups to audition in the Next Star auditons at the RBC Convention Centre this morning. Photo Store

What could make 275 kids get up before dawn to shiver and huddle outdoors in downtown Winnipeg?

The chance to become a star.

This morning, they amassed in front of the RBC Convention Centre bundled up in hoodies and Justin Bieber fleece blankets for a chance to audition for The Next Star.

The YTV talent contest, for youth 15 and under, is holding auditions across Canada and is in Winnipeg today. Those chosen by the judges who make it through a second audition will compete in the Top 12, the main event in Toronto.

"I’m pretty excited," said 14-year-old Madison South from Selkirk, Man. Her dad drove her and her friend Olivia Little, 15, to Winnipeg for the event. Clutching her guitar case, Olivia said she was there for the opportunity to perform for judges rather than becoming a star. "This is just an experiment."

 

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