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Next Star auditions May 3, 2014

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What could make 275 kids get up before dawn to shiver and huddle outdoors in downtown Winnipeg? The chance to become a star. Saturday morning, they massed 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.

  • Hundreds of excited kids are escorted into the convention centre Saturday to audition for the Next Star.

    Hundreds of excited kids are escorted into the convention centre Saturday to audition for the Next Star.

  • Eight-year-old Amira Smith is all smiles as she waits with her friend Mckenzie Smith, 11, to audition with hundreds of kids for the Next Star Saturday.

    Eight-year-old Amira Smith is all smiles as she waits with her friend Mckenzie Smith, 11, to audition with hundreds of kids for the Next Star Saturday.

  • Heather Chipp waits with hundreds of kids at the Next Star audition Saturday.

    Heather Chipp waits with hundreds of kids at the Next Star audition Saturday.

  • Charlene Fauni, 12, signs in to audition for the Next Star competition Saturday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Charlene Fauni, 12, signs in to audition for the Next Star competition Saturday.

  • Francine Coutur screams with excitement as she waits with hundreds of kids for the Next Star auditions to begin.

    Francine Coutur screams with excitement as she waits with hundreds of kids for the Next Star auditions to begin.

  • Hundreds of excited kids want to be the Next Star.

    Hundreds of excited kids want to be the Next Star.

  • Yasmine Ravandi, 7, hugs her mom as she waits for the auditions to start.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Yasmine Ravandi, 7, hugs her mom as she waits for the auditions to start.

  • Hundreds of kids show their excitement while waiting in lineups to audition for Next Star at the  convention centre Saturday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Hundreds of kids show their excitement while waiting in lineups to audition for Next Star at the convention centre Saturday.

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