May 2009

Thursday, May 21 8 p.m.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is back for a fifth season, featuring new contestants and the best and worst of auditions. Producers traveled across the country to Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New York, and Seattle in search of dancers who represent the rhythm of America. See what happens when dancers skilled in everything from Ballroom and Ballet to Salsa, Jive, Hip-Hop, and Krumping all compete to be named America’s favorite dancer.

Canada’s most-watched summer series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE kicks off its fifth season with a two-night, four-hour season premiere beginning Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET and continuing Wednesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). A summer ratings winner, last season’s finale was the most-watched episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE yet, drawing nearly two million viewers. The announcement comes as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA continues its Season 2 audition tour, with stops in Toronto (May 18) and Montreal (May 26).

Hosted by Cat Deeley, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE once again sees dancers go head-to-head in a hip-popping, body-locking and jaw-dropping competition to become America’s Favourite Dancer. Last season’s winner, Joshua Allen, danced off with a $250,000 cash prize and a featured dance role in guest judge Adam Shankman’s upcoming film Step Up 3-D. This year, the competition gets even hotter as a new crop of hopefuls break it down for judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and other guest judges.

“The #1 show of the summer, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is back and ready to entertain Canadians with moves that are guaranteed to make their thermometers spike,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “And with the bona fide homegrown hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA just around the corner, audiences will have no shortage of their own high-wattage dancers to keep that heat going.”

“Season 5 is going be our hottest season yet! We crisscrossed the country and discovered some of America’s best dancers. The variety and talent is incredible and there will be lots of surprises,” said SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge Mary Murphy, who also appears on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA. “And up North we’ve already seen some amazing dancers at the Canadian auditions. I promise: this will be the best year for dance … ever!”

The judges travelled to New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Memphis and Seattle in search of America’s favourite dancer. Some of the best and worst dance auditions from the cross-country audition tour can be seen in the two-night, four-hour premiere on Thursday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 27, at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment, Ltd. and Dick Clark Productions. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.

Thursday May 21at 8 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT on Documentary

In Me and the Mosque, journalist and filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz visits mosques across Canada to question the gender inequalities that still exist within the Islam faith. Religious leaders, neighbours and colleagues weigh in on the historical role of women in Islam and shed light on the current state of Canadian mosques. Viewers will hear personal accounts of anger, fear and acceptance about spiritual belief in a religion that still fails to accept women.

It was a star-studded evening on last night’s American Idol that proved, sometimes America votes for image over talent, by voting boy-next-door Kris Allen as this year’s American Idol over glam rock star Adam Lambert.

While the results of last night’s show were disappointing, though an outcome I had grown to expect, the rest of the show was pretty impressive as Top 13 took the stage along with some other major stars. Fergie and The Black Eyed Peas took the stage, as well as Cyndi Lauper, Jason Miraz, Lionel Richie, Queen Latifa, Carlos Santana, and Steve Martin playing an accompanying banjo. Returning Idol cast offs, such as bikini girl, Tatiana, and hilarious contestant Norman Gentle took the stage. Judge Kara Diguardi even took on bikini girl in a singing show down which ended in her baring her own bikini body; proving that not only does she have the better voice, her natural assets also give bikini girl a run for her money.

What did you think of last night’s Idol results and the American Idol season finale performances?

Tiffany - Canada's Next Top ModelAge: 23
Height: 5’8”
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Occupation: Receptionist

A new mom on maternity leave from her job as a receptionist, Tiffany believes it’s her time to pursue being a model. Giving birth to her son less than a year ago was what actually gave her the courage to try out for CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. “It just allowed me to say, ‘You know what? I can truly do anything.’” She’s ready for the challenges that doing both could entail. “It’s an opportunity to have my face out there and represent Toronto and just prove to those that have kids that you don’t just have to be a mom. You can do other things as well and follow through with your dream,” she says.

Tiffany might just have realized she could be a model but it’s something her friends and family have known for a long time. Ever since she’s been a teenager, people have been telling her she’s beautiful and should consider modeling. “I felt like these people are being really nice, it’s a compliment but I never took it seriously.”

Her love of fashion stems back to elementary school, where she used to sketch her own clothing designs after being inspired by watching FASHIONTELEVISION. Now a fan of Canadian clothing lines Franke and DSquared², Tiffany loves to express herself by wearing bright and bold colours and wouldn’t rule out designing her own shoe or handbag line some day.

“I believe I’m CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL because I want it bad enough. I deserve it. It’s my time to claim it.”

Tara - Canada's Next Top ModelAge: 19

Height: 5’11”
Hometown: Chateauguay, QC
Occupation: Student

A student who was studying Commerce at Vanier College in Montreal before coming to CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, Tara hopes being on the show will help her be discovered as a top model. “I feel like this show is going to open so many doors for me in the future and I can build a career according to how I do here,” says Tara.

Even though her studies are always something to fall back on, Tara is ready for a long career in modeling. “I just don’t want to do it until I’m 30 and leave it. I want to keep doing it until I guess I’m done.”

Tara became interested in modeling after moving from the islands of Seychelles to Montreal when she was 15. It didn’t hurt that everyone thought she had the body of a model and should pursue it as a career. “People would just stop me on the street and tell me,” she says.

She has since done a couple of photo shoots but says making it on the show is her first real break. A former ballet dancer, Tara thinks she is CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL because she has both the looks and the personality.

“You have to be able to communicate with the public, with the press, everyone. It’s not just about taking pretty pictures and I think I have a good mixture of both.”

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Rebeccah - Canada's Next Top ModelAge: 19
Height: 5’9”
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Occupation: Retail Sales Associate

With a background in acting and some experience in modeling, Rebeccah hopes being on CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL will open up doors to both the stage and the runway. She’s planning on applying to Ryerson University in Toronto next fall and thinks the TV show will be a great addition to her resume – especially if she takes home the top title.

Rebeccah was encouraged to try out for CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL by her mom, who is also a big fan of the show. Their favourite episode is the one with the makeovers and Rebeccah can’t wait to be on the show and see what they’re going to do with her hair!

Even though she has experience doing photo shoots and runway shows, Rebeccah got ready for the show by posing in front of the mirror and walking around the house as much as she could in heels, which was met with lots of chuckles from her brother.

Rebeccah cites CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL Cycle 2 winner Rebecca Hardy as one of her favourite models because they’re from the same area of Ontario. “It’s so funny when you see her on runways and magazines, and you see a model, but also a person just like me who grew up like me, had friends, went to high school, needed a part time job,” says Rebeccah.

She thinks she’d be a good CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL because she’s not afraid to show her personality.

“I’m not afraid to admit that I read comic books, that I don’t like wearing makeup on a day to day basis and I’m just a normal girl who’s trying to live her life and not trying to be this giant star.”

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Nikita - Canada's Next Top ModelAge: 20
Height: 5’9”
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Occupation: Sales Rep

She may have just learned to walk, but Nikita’s first runway show at the age of two years old was a sign of things to come. Years later while she was in high school, Nikita was chosen to travel to Asia and model for Singapore Fashion Week. She has since done numerous photo shoots in Calgary and throughout BC. “It’s so much fun,” says Nikita of walking the runway. “It’s like a high almost. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt.”

But even with all of this experience under her belt, Nikita is still having a hard time believing she’s made it on to CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. “It’s crazy to be one of the 11 finalists. I would’ve never thought in a hundred years that it would’ve happened to me.”

Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Heather Marks and Lily Donaldson are models she says she looks up to for being powerful and determined women. Nikita could fall into this category as well as she warns she won’t be holding back when it comes to the competition.

“I will basically say what everyone, who doesn’t have the courage to say it, is thinking. I’m very outspoken and I get right down to the point. I consider myself pretty real that way.”

Nikita believes she is going to be CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL because of her dedication.

“I have a passion for everything in the fashion industry, from photography to designers to clothes. I have a great personality and I think that’s something you really need. You can’t just be a pretty face.”

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Meaghan - Canada's Next Top ModelAge: 19
Height: 5’9.5”
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Occupation: Retail

Meaghan would do anything to pursue her dream of modeling – even waking up at the crack of dawn. With no CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL auditions in her home city of Winnipeg, she woke up at 4 a.m. to board a plane for Toronto. “I was absolutely exhausted throughout the whole day and standing in line for five hours in heels was not the best,” recalls Meaghan with a laugh. “But it was all well worth it.”

Growing up as a tall, lanky tomboy, Meaghan didn’t think modeling was a possibility for her until a couple of years ago when people started telling her she should consider it. But it wasn’t until she made it through the first round of the CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL auditions did she actually believe it.

With no previous modeling experience, Meaghan set up a runway of sorts in her basement to practice. “I could not walk in heels to save my life,” admits Meaghan. “I set up a mirror at one end and a mirror at the other and walked back and forth until I got my walk down.”

Currently working at a retail boutique, Meaghan is also studying architecture at the University of Manitoba.

She thinks her lack of experience is actually what would make her a great CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

“I’m totally green, totally fresh and I think that’s what CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL should be. Somebody that has come here, without experience and built to the top … I know I will absorb and learn and as soon as you tell me I’m not going to be able to do something I will prove you wrong.”

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Maryam - Canada's Next Top ModelAge: 18
Height: 5’9.5”
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Occupation: Student

After immigrating to Canada from Iran two years ago, Maryam feels so grateful to finally have an opportunity to pursue modeling — something she says wasn’t available to her while living in the Middle East. “I’ve been in a country where I didn’t have the freedom to think about it … there are models but they wear scarves,” says Maryam. “I want to represent all the exotic beauty of women that (are) in the Middle Eastern countries that nobody sees.”

Maryam, who admires models like Coco Rocha and Heidi Klum for their strong character, believes people are born with the potential to be a model and feels like she’s had something inside of her since she’s been a little girl. Even though she’s had some previous experience doing photo shoots with local photographers, she hopes being on CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL will be the best way to foster that.

Also interested in dentistry, Maryam is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University. But she’d be willing to put that on hold to become CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and believes she has everything that it takes.

“I have the face to be high fashion because I’m very strong and I practiced for this and worked really hard,” says Maryam.

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