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.

“Nadia was amazing to work with; she brought a lot to season four’s panel and personally, I want to thank her for being so committed to the process and for her contributions,” series creator, executive producer and judge C.J. Allen said, “Nadia is a great mentor and is a big supporter of aspiring artists and talent. Myself, our team and the other judges wish her all the best with her future endeavours and you never know, maybe she’ll be back for a future season.”

In one of the most memorable and dramatic moments of season 4, Mazzarolo used her judge’s save card to put 20 year-old server, Matthew Boutros through to the callbacks after the other judges had indicated that they would not be letting Matthew advance. In a fantastic turn of events, Matthew went on to win the season.

In addition to doingThe Shot in 2016, Mazzarolo also launched MPress Music Studio in downtown Kitchener which offers voice, guitar and piano instruction as well as workshops and performance consulting.

Mazzarolo’s exit from the panel opens up a seat for a new judge to take on the role, particularly for the fifth season in September. Allen, Canadian Music Week VP of Programming Danya Dixon (who also joined in season 4) and Flamenco guitarist Juneyt Yetkiner, who joined in season 2, have been confirmed to return.

“We’re spending considerable time thinking about what the panel for season 5 will look like,” Allen said about the search for a new judge, “we’re focused on making sure the panel brings a diverse skill set that will enhance both the show and the mentoring experience for the participants.”

Allen alluded to the possibility of auditionees seeing more than four judges when they go into the audition room in September, “Three of us are already confirmed to be coming back and so in order to make sure that we do offer a variety of perspectives, experiences and skills, [the participants] might see more than four faces at the auditions.”

No word yet on who might be joining the panel but an announcement is expected before the All-Stars season in June.