At least some of the endless speculation is over: The Shot executive producer and judge C.J. Allen has FINALLY revealed one of two new judges for the show’s fifth season in September. In this case though, it’s not such much “new” judge as it is returning judge.
KITCHENER, Ont., April 16, 2017 — Performers participating in the fifth season of Canada’s biggest singing competition, The Shot can look forward to yet another perk as part of the career-launching prize package which will be awarded to one lucky singer in September. Rick Barker, founder of Music Industry Blueprint and former manager to pop sensation Taylor Swift, has announced his involvement as a guest judge and mentor for the upcoming season’s winner.
The Shot confirms that judge Nadia Mazzarolo will not be returning for the show’s 2017 program which includes the highly anticipated All-Stars iteration in June and the fifth season in September. Mazzarolo joined The Shot for its fourth season in November 2016 and led the girls’ group. In addition to judging, Mazzarolo also assisted with securing venues and was involved with public relations.
The Shot executive producer and judge C.J. Allen has launched Allegiance Music, a music business agency that will work alongside solo-artists and groups to help them establish, build and successfully manage their goals and their own businesses. The firm will also function as a talent incubator for independent artists and will facilitate the recording, mastering, production and distribution of albums in partnership with AME Recording Studio.
Fresh off her residency performing at the Shangri-la Muscat resort in Oman, season 1-3 judge and accomplished singer-songwriter Joni NehRita is returning to The Shot for season 4 as guest judge for the callbacks and resident mentor. Joni will join veteran judges Juneyt Yetkiner and C.J. Allen along with new judges Nadia Mazzarolo and Danya Dixon at the judges’ table following the auditions which begin November 4.
As I limp into the Duke of Wellington on what I hope is not a broken foot, I’m looking forward to a great show from KW’s friendliest musician: Juneyt Yetkiner. I’ve known Juneyt for a little over a year now and have seen him perform a number of times in wide variety of locations and with a diverse group of talented performers. Tonight, performing as “Turk and the Hobbits”, I can look forward to the high energy set of music they’ve prepared as well as anything the collaborative crowd can shout out.