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CANADA’S GOT TALENT and BREAKFAST TELEVISION WELCOME BACK MAGICIAN VOLODYMYR MARTYNIUK AS A SEMIFINALIST

- Canada’s Got Talent airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. and Monday nights at 9 p.m. local time on Citytv -
 
(TORONTO – April 13, 2012) In what may be the biggest reappearing act of his career, fan favourite magician Volodymyr Martyniuk will return to compete as a semifinalist on Canada’s Got Talent.Breakfast Television and Canada’s Got Talent host Dina Pugliese delivered the shocking news to Volodymyr in person this morning on BT Toronto. Viewers in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver also watched the announcement unfold on Breakfast Television in their local markets.
 
Previously announced semifinalist Good for Grapes, the six-member folk band from Surrey, B.C., has resigned from the competition in order to pursue other opportunities, opening the door for Volodymyr’s return.

Breakfast Television airs Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. local time in each market.

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"The judges had a hard time cutting Volodymyr from the competition during deliberations," said Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Rogers Broadcast. "They really enjoyed his act and he was very close to making it, and so it was decided to reintroduce him as a competitor, as someone who hadn't yet had a shot at the semifinals."
 
Volodymyr first captivated Canada and judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio at the Toronto auditions with his logic-defying magic act, in which he made a table float. Now, as a semifinalist, the beloved magician will get a second chance to pursue his dream of being named the most talented act in Canada. Volodymyr will take the Canada’s Got Talent stage in Week 5 of the semifinals, airing Sunday, April 29 at 8 p.m. local time.
 
Watch an all-new episode of Canada’s Got Talent this Sunday at 8 p.m. local time on Citytv as seven more acts take the  stage to show the judges, the live studio audience, and viewers across Canada if they have what it takes to reach the finals and be crowned the nation’s most talented performer. In the weekly results show airing Mondays at 9 p.m. local time, two semifinalists will advance – one who collects the most viewers’ votes and one selected by the judges from the acts who placed second and third amongst voters.
 
Currently, the four acts that have advanced to the Canada’s Got Talent finals, taking place on May 13, are: rock band Angry Candy (Moncton, NB), dance group Freshh (Vancouver), opera singer Julie Lafontaine (Montreal), and beatboxer Scott Jackson (Toronto).  
 
  
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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From inside the studio to the streets in local communities, Breakfast Television offers a refreshing look at the day ahead -- combining the latest in local news, weather and traffic with the biggest celebrity interviews, lifestyle trends, local community events, and big ticket giveaways. Prepare for the unexpected as Dina, Kevin and the BT gang keep audiences engaged with continuous unpredictable fun! Plus, viewers can stay connected all day with BT's video blogs, and frequent Twitter and Facebook updates.
 
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For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Perron, Publicity Coordinator for Canada’s Got Talent, Citytv
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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