Friday, August 21, 2009

Toronto’s Bright Lights could beckon for Rupert’s Truong

One of Prince Rupert’s talented youngsters could be making plans for a trip to Toronto if the July 31st edition of YTV’s “The Next Star” works out her way.

Kimberly Truong, recently was part of an audition process in Vancouver and her performance which was to be aired on July 31 could, if the audience votes for it, send her off to further competition in Toronto.

The July 28 edition of the Daily News outlined the process involved with her quest for national fame.

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Daily News
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Pages one and five

The line went all the way around the block, Truong recalled.

For people who have watched Kimberly Truong perform in Prince Rupert over the years, it should come as no surprise that the fifteen-year-old was expanding her performing opportunities.

Recently Truong auditioned for YTV's hit talent series, The Next Star, and will appear on the show July 31 when audiences will learn whether Truong was selected to go on to Toronto for the next level of the competition.

Auditions took place in Vancouver in May, two days before Truong was slated to participate in the Festival of the Performing Arts back in Prince Rupert.

Truong has been singing, dancing and acting locally since she was a preschooler. She's a student at the Dance Academy of Prince Rupert and has represented Prince Rupert at regional and provincial festivals, as well as Australia after being selected at the BC Annual Dance Competition as Junior Dancer of the Year.

The ambitious teenager flew down to Vancouver on May 23 with her mom and was one of 1,000 kids who lined up for hours to audition.

"They told us if we showed up before 7 a.m. we'd be sent away, but when we checked at 5:30 there were already people lined up so we got in line," Truong said.

After two hours of sleep and a hectic' night of phoning home to get her brother to scan her student ID, because she'd left it at home, Truong auditioned before the judges.

Selecting from a list of song choices she could prepare in advance, Truong sang three tunes in her bid to impress the judges - Near to You by A Fine Frenzy, Cry by Mandy Moore and My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.

Each competitor auditioned in front of three judges: Suzie McNeil, singer of the top ten single, SuperGirl, Christopher Ward, First VJ of MuchMusic and Steve Cranwell.

Cranwell has background in music marketing at Universal Music Canada.

"They didn't give us any feedback, but asked a lot of questions," said Truong of the judging. "They were asking why I wanted to be the next star."

Auditions took place in six cities across Canada, attracting over 4,000 competitors. On Friday the show will feature host Adamo Ruggiero as he crosses the country meeting young talent, including Truong.

In the future, Truong plan to audition for CBC Television's Triple Sensation.

While The Next Star is about singing only and is open to performers 15 years and under, Triple Sensation focuses on acting, singing and dancing and is geared to performers ages 16 to 26.

No comments: