MADE and the producers behind The Shot have announced the launch of Eye4Talent — a variety talent competition open to acts of all ages.
“Eye4Talent is bringing the variety talent competition format back to Canada by showcasing unique performers from all across our country. The series is set to be a true celebration of creativity and talent, open to and featuring singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, acrobats, impressionists, magicians, ventriloquists, choirs, animal acts and the best that technological entertainment has to offer along with an array of other hopeful stars, all vying for a dream package that could launch the career of Canada’s next big star,” MADE said in its announcement.
The first season of the show, which is meant to be a sister platform to The Shot, will take place in March and April 2019. Unlike The Shot, which limits the participants’ minimum age requirement at 16 years old, Eye4Talent will be open to acts of any age and will go beyond just singers and vocals. Talents of any sort and kind are encouraged to apply — even those that might be outside the norm of traditional performances; for example, producers are hoping to find new forms of technological entertainment that will “wow” audiences.
“It’s time we did something like [Eye4Talent],” said C.J. Allen, managing director of MADE and executive producer and judge for The Shot, “it’s what Canadian talent needs and there’s an enormous gap in the market. It’s been years since Canada has had a prominent talent discovery platform open to variety acts of any kind.”
Canada’s Got Talent, the Canadian spin-off of the international Got Talent franchise, was cancelled by CityTV in 2012. Eye4Talent aims to fill the void that was left behind even though it won’t be televised.
“We continue to believe that we can best serve the interests of the artists and the talent by an experience not hindered by the rules of television,” said Allen, “our mandate is to create experiences for our participants and to get them in front of new audiences and Eye4Talent is going to do that in some very exciting ways. I can’t wait for us to get going with it and to see what sorts of unique, undiscovered talent is out there waiting for us.”
In the coming weeks, Allen says, Eye4Talent will announce the judging panel or “The Eyes” who will carry the show next year. The judges will preside over the first three rounds of the competition before turning the responsibility of choosing a winner over to the audience at the Finale. Also unlike The Shot, Eye4Talent will offer a cash prize and the opportunity for the winning act to perform a headline show at a prominent Canadian entertainment venue.
Do you think you have what it takes to be seen by the judges? Acts are encouraged to submit an audition video at musicexperiences.org/eye4talent/ showcasing the best of their performance. Those selected to advance will be invited to the Stage Auditions with the judges and a live audience in March 2019.