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Parker Schmidt and Electric Avenue band tuning for Next Star finale

Cowichanian Parker Schmidt (left) and his bandmates in Electric Avenue face the group Rebel Coast during April 13
Cowichanian Parker Schmidt (left) and his bandmates in Electric Avenue face the group Rebel Coast during April 13's finale of YTV's The Next Star: SuperGroup. Fan votes determine the winner.
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Valley singer-songwriter Parker Schmidt, 14, and his Electric Avenue bandmates are amped to be in the big finale of YTV’s national talent competition The Next Star: SuperGroup.

The April 13 finale will see Electric Avenue quintet address fans by musically rumbling with the Rebel Coast band.

The two groups were chipped from six finalist bands, one of which held another Cowichan singer, Lynnea Bruce.

Her band, and another girl group, made it to semi-finals but were eliminated.

“In last night’s (April 1) elimination episode of YTV’s The Next Star: SuperGroup, the field of four was whittled to two remaining groups vying to become Canada’s own version of One Direction,” YTV’s release reads.

“Both boy groups were selected to continue in the competition, with the chance to perform live at the season finale on April 13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.”

The special guest will be pop singer Austin Mahone.

Electric Avenue and Rebel Coast, feature young performers from across Canada — so Bruce and Schmidt said they were stunned two players from Cowichan were finalists.

Electric Avenue also includes: Calgary’s Adam Hunter, 16; Castleton’s Bradley Ace Martinez, 17; Winnipeg’s Dane Bjornson, 13; and Calgary’s Zee Peters, 13.

During the elimination episode on April 1, a hashtag for one of the groups, #rebelcoast, trended in the top 10 across Canada, YTV says.

Fans can now vote for their favourite group until 7 p.m. April 13, when the live finale event kicks off.

Fans can vote an unlimited number of times. More information can be found here.

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