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THE RESULTS ARE IN! HIP-HOP DANCE GROUP FRESHH and OPERA SENSATION JULIE LAFONTAINE ADVANCE TO FINALS ON CANADA’S GOT TALENT DURING WEEK 1 OF SEMIFINALS

- Oakville singer and Hamilton rapper from YouTube ‘Last Chance Auditions’ move on to semifinals -

 

(TORONTO – April 3, 2012) Emotions ran high as the first group of semifinalists awaited their fate on Canada’s Got Talent in the first-ever, live results show on Citytv earlier tonight. In a dramatic reveal, host Dina Pugliese delivered the news that the highest vote-getter of the night was seven-member dance group Freshh – earning them a guaranteed spot in the finals. Of the remaining six acts of the evening, the judges – Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman, and Stephan Moccio – chose opera singer Julie Lafontaine to move on to the finale and join Freshh.

 

Canada’s Got Talent airs every Sunday night at 8 p.m. local time, beginning April 8, and every Monday night at 9 p.m. local time, beginning April 9.

Freshh (the extra ‘H’ is for hip hop) took the Canada’s Got Talent stage by storm last night, wowing both Canada and the judges with their high-energy, choreographed dance routine. The seven-member Vancouver, BC group has danced with Canadian music artist K-Os at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and is now the first Canada’s Got Talent act to advance to the finals.

 

Julie Lafontaine, classical soprano singer from Montreal, QC, showcased her larger-than-life voice in a performance of "Libiamo" from La Traviata for the grand finale of the first live performance show. Wife and mother of four, Julie put her singing aspirations on hold to focus on her family but will now have the chance to pursue her dreams in the final round of Canada’s Got Talent.

 

Additionally, the top two YouTube acts from the ‘Last Chance Auditions,’ sponsored by Nissan, were revealed, rounding out the complete list of semifinalists competing for both the judges’ and Canada’s votes. Joining the 37 previously announced semifinalists are: Caitlin Bell, 19 (Solo Singer), from Oakville, ON, receiving the most viewer votes, and Mathew Cathcart, 21 (Rapper), from Hamilton, ON, as selected by the judges.

 

Video highlight clips from tonight’s results show will be available tomorrow at noon ET at http://www.rogerstvsales.ca/citytv/canadagottalent/promos/.

 

Canadians act as the ‘fourth judge’ on Canada’s Got Talent, with the chance to vote for their favourite acts immediately following each live performance show. For more information on how to vote via text, online, Facebook, Twitter, or by phone, and for a list of FAQs, visit CanadasGotTalent.com. Public voting will remain open from 9 p.m. ET to 2 a.m. ET.

 

Fans who miss the show can also catch up on Citytv.com or on the Citytv Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Also, follow us on Twitter @CGTCitytv, and “like” us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements. 

 

Tickets to Canada’s Got Talent are available to the general public free of charge on a first come, first served basis. All requests must be sent to cgtaudience@insighttv.com.

 

Canada’s Got Talent is the largest national talent search in Canadian television history. Celebrity judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio, along with host Dina Pugliese, scoured the country in search of the most talented act on an exhilarating cross-country audition tour. Next up (Sunday, March 18 at 8pm ET/PT), the judges are back in the big city for part two of the Toronto auditions. Then, (Sunday, March 18 at 9pm ET/PT) they look for the most talented performers in the Maritimes during the Halifax auditions. Later, the judges travel to the West Coast for additional performances in Vancouver.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Perron, Publicity Coordinator for Canada’s Got Talent, Citytv

stephanie.perron@rci.rogers.com, 647.278.6799

Sónia Brum, Communications Manager, Citytv

sonia.brum@rci.rogers.com, 647.338.7381

Cary Mignault, Unit Publicity Manager for Canada’s Got Talent, Insight Productions

cary.mignault@rci.rogers.com, 416.435.9295


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