Producers of Canada’s hit vocal competition web series have been hinting at big changes for its eighth season set for Fall 2020. After a successful, all-originals run in Summer 2018, producers are going all in on the opportunity for unsigned recording artists and music creators to perform their own music. To highlight the show’s push to support indie musicians and their own tunes, producers are planning a dramatic overhaul of the show that will include the scrapping of many of the competition’s staple phases. Perhaps most notably, the mentoring component in which the judges take on a group of artists that they coach through the process will be revamped to diversify the feedback and insight that the participants receive.
“Season 7 was eye-opening for all of us,” said executive producer C.J. Allen, “we loved that we were able to give our artists the chance to showcase their original music. No one else is doing that. Now feels like the right time to make some significant changes that will build on what we have been working on since 2014 and to take the experience to a whole new level for the talent.”
But in spite of the upcoming changes, participants and audiences alike can depend on one thing — Sam Cook will be returning as The Shot host.
Cook took over the hosting reigns from long-time MC Brad Moore for Season 7 and was an immediate fan favourite.
“I’m so excited to be back as host for Season 8 of The Shot. I love that this show gets aspiring musicians in front of the right people in the music biz to help jump start their careers. Can’t wait to see you in Toronto in 2020!”
While remaining tight-lipped about any specifics, Cook that the team is “pretty excited” about the show’s upcoming format changes.
Allen promised that details about the new format will be revealed in the coming weeks as well as an announcement about Season 8’s judging panel. In Season 7, Allen was joined by returning judges Jessie T and Blair Packham as well as newcomers Shane Christopher Neal and Jennifer Beavis.
In the meantime, Season 7 winner Jasmine Whyte is set to release her debut single ‘Secret’ in early 2020 followed in quick succession by ‘One Man Band’, the original song that Whyte performed at her initial audition back in June 2019. ‘One Man Band’ is being recorded and produced by Brandon Fehdereau.