Darren Espanto (2nd from Left) and other The Next Big Star finalists.
, only eleven years of age, is making waves in Canada. Darren Espanto is Filipino-Canadian from Calgary, Canada but his parents are both Filipino immigrants from Nueva Vizcaya. “The Next Star” is a Canadian reality singing competition
airing in YTV. According to its description, The Next Star is a reality series that seeks out and shapes Canada’s future singing superstars.
Darren Espanto is now among the Top 6 finalists and is ranked number 1. At the last elimination round, Darren performed Rihanna‘s “Only Girl in the World.” Darren is the youngest among the Top 6 finalists (and the smallest, obviously, lol).
The Next Star Finale will be held on September 23, 2012 and the winner gets a two-song deal with Sony Music and $5,000 in shopping money from Sears.
Judges of The Next Star are: R&B singer Keisha Chante, country diva Tara Oram and music industry executive Mark Spicoluk. The Next Big Star is now on its 5th Season. Photo courtesy of The Next Big Star Twitter page.