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Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Next Star Vancouver

Tabby Cat Meets Adamo Ruggiero, Host of The Next Star on YTV
Vancouver Harbour Centre Early in the Morning, Where The Next Star Auditions Took Place.
Mom with Tabs. A cruise ship just docked . Many of the passengers came out onto their balconies in their PJ's to check out the screaming kids.
Peter, Pip and Tabs in Line Awaiting Audition Number for Tabs.
Adamo chatting up Pip and Tabs. He asked Pip if she knew what a "hazard" was. She shook her head, no.
Adamo chatting up his new little co-host.
Tabs practices shouting, "That's a HAZARD!"
Tabs and Adamo move down the line up through the crowd.
Filming. They loved Tabs.
Many takes of "That's a Hazard!"
Tabs awaiting her first audition.
Pip exhausted beside Tab's giant keyboard.
Mom (me) making sure she was OK. Out of all of the people in this line up, Tabs was the only one to make it on to the second round.
Tabitha was amazing this weekend in Vancouver. She auditioned for The Next Star. She made it to the third round before being cut. Her determination, maturity, passion for music and performing blew me away. The entire weekend was a whirlwind of "out of the box" amazement. Thank God Peter agreed to join us this weekend. I could not have done it without him. I had no idea the "small" keyboard I rented was as big and heavy as a Baby Grand! Peter was also the one to stand in line at 4:30 a.m.  (as he is always a super-early riser). Tabs, Pip and I joined him at 5:45 a.m.
It was worth it to be up early as the day was excruciatingly long and demanding and Tabs was #37 to audition.

Tabs organized the entire audition herself. Months ago she asked me if she could audition. I told her, if you can accompany yourself on the piano to the song you're singing, I'll take you. So, the little darling learned the entire score to Journey's Don't Stop Believing. She downloaded all info on the audition and organized everything. I looked after the hotel and car ride.

The morning started out well, at about 9 a.m., the host Adamo and film crew of The Next Star arrived. After strutting around filming this and that and interviewing the odd contestant in the line-up, they approached Pip and Tabs. Tabs was asked to accompany Adamo out of line and  parade around with him for the cameras. She was given a megaphone and asked to scream "That's a HAZARD!" every time they passed anything remotely in the way of their path. She had a great time and really belted out her lines. One of the producers said to me, "she is so adorable!"

For her first audition, she was assigned to a group of about 10 or so other performers. The directors took them away from the auditorium (where the parents waited) to audition. After awhile the entire group returned except Tabitha. She was the only one to make it from her group. Then they took her to the second audition. Again, she made it through. The third step was paper work and a video interview with the performer (no singing involved). After the third interview, we were told they'd call us by 11 p.m. if she made it to the next step. No phone call in the night so that is where her Next Star audition ended. I am just so proud of my little darling that she was able to keep her composure and perform under such stressful, exhausting and overwhelming conditions. Way to go Tabby Cat!

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Blogger Unknown said...

We are all so proud of Tabby.!

OMG that really was a huge keyboard!!!

May 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

Yes, Tabby did us proud :) --the keyboard was a beast. I couldn't carry it and Peter damaged his back carrying it from the hotel to the Harbor Center.

May 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM  

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