EP Teases Changes to ‘The Shot: Canada’ Format

In a call with The Shot: Canadaproducers, executive producer and head judge C.J. Allen teased significant changes to the show for its upcoming 2021 season.

Canada’s predominant singer-songwriter competition took a huge leap in 2020 by turning away from the traditional karaoke format made popular by shows like American Idol, X-Factor and The Voice and re-branded itself as a program for recording artists and their original music. Kingston artist Michelle Kasaboski won the season in 2020.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to surge across Canada and the future of live music still in question, Allen confirmed that the 2021 season will be virtual. The first season of the new series was forced to move online after the first lockdown made in-person filming impossible.

In addition to already confirming the continuance of its virtual filming, Allen said of chances to the format, “Imagine you took some of the most iconic aspects of some of the best shows in the reality TV genre and applied them to The Shot: Canada … that’s what we’re going to be doing. This new season is going to encapsulate more opportunities for an artist’s personal, professional and artistic growth. Last season of The Shot: Canada was fantastic and the talent was great. This next season, we’re balancing the artistic development of artists with the entertainment component that our audience is looking for.”

A post to The Shot: Canada’s Instagram account confirmed that all six of the judges from last season including Allen, Jennifer Beavis (who also serves as an executive producer), radio personality Shane Christopher Neal, A&R specialist Kate Davies, Canadian Music Week CEO Danya Dixon and stand-up comedian Eric Johnston will return as resident judges this year. Guest judges will also be announced to consider acts performing in the Instagram Live Virtual Auditions and throughout the season. TikTok influencer Kaye Parker and Vampr CEO Josh Simons have already been confirmed for the Virtual Auditions.

Radio, television and media personality Sam Cook will also be returning to host next season. Cook, who joined as host in 2019, will also be elevated to a co-executive producer credit for the 2021 season as well.

“We’ll be announcing more specifics about the format of our next season [the week of January 11th],” said Allen, “and I really have to say that I’m very excited about what we’ve been discussing. I don’t want to give anything away but this season is about the artist’s journey. Take a look at the careers of icons like Paul McCartney, Gwen Stefani, Harry Styles, Beyoncé and so many more and you’ll begin to craft a sense of what to expect when we begin filming with a group of phenomenal Canadian artists in the Spring.”

Demo video submissions and sign ups for the Instagram Live Virtual Auditions, which begin on January 7th, are open now.

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