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Canada’s Got Talent will not be returning for a second season

Did you enjoy watching people young and old hula-hoop, dance, sing and do impressions on Canada’s Got Talent? Unfortunately, the show has been cancelled, and you will need to look elsewhere for such heart-warming content. Rogers Media said in a statement on Friday that “after careful consideration of all factors, including the current economic climate, Citytv has refocused its programming strategy and will not be producing Canada’s Got Talent for the 2012-13 season.” Fans of reality television needn’t worry, as it seems The Bachelor Canada is scheduled to go ahead as planned.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 22: and the winner is…

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 22

It’s the finale of Canada’s Got Talent we’ve been waiting for—someone is going to win it all. Even though the judges reveal the fate of the competitors at a leisurely pace, the results only take a few minutes, which is why this final hour-long episode of Canada’s Got Talent has plenty of filler. First up is an interview between host Dina Pugliese and Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick character, which is funnier than we thought it would be. Glick suggests Pugliese (silent “g,” like lasagna, she says) change her last name to Jackson, and then says Short looks like a basset hound who’s depressed (meta!). He even gets a dig in at Stephan Moccio’s scarves (one of at least four that evening), joking, “I love that affectation.” There’s also a requisite sentimental clip montage featuring the highs and lows of the season (including judge Measha Brueggergosman’s hairdos), a zany blooper reel and performances by Hedley and Jackie Evancho. And we’ve got to give the producers credit: unlike in some American reality shows, the sponsorship by Tim Hortons, Nissan and Excel didn’t seem too in-your-face (um, except for maybe the Tim Hortons “Block Party” and the Excel “Refresh Lounge”).

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 21: one of these acts is going to win it all

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 21

This episode features the final round of performances on Canada’s Got Talent, with two hours of non-stop excitement. Oddly, it’s free of the filler one expects from this type of reality show (that’s saved for tonight’s live results show, we’re sure). Host Dina Pugliese sports a gold ball gown accessorized with a dangly necklace and armband (perhaps she’s sad about missing Coachella this year, because she looks like she’d fit right in), Stephan Moccio looks cozy in an oversized scarf (he’s wrapped up like it’s the dead of winter), Measha Brueggergosman returns to a big hairdo and Martin Short makes no sexual references (sorry, there are no style notes to report for Short). Considering the auspicious occasion, it’s surprising to see Pugliese reusing her silver mic (what, did the mic budget run out before the finale?). There are a lot of competitors with similar talents, so we’ve opted to group them all together with our bets for who might win in each category.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 20: self-promotion and semi-finalists

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 20

After this episode of Canada’s Got Talent, there are just two more until the big reveal: a live two-hour performance episode airs on Sunday, followed by the results show on Monday. Last week, judge Stephan Moccio played a number from his new album, Elements, and this time we get to hear judge Measha Brueggergosman sing  “I’ve Got A Crush On You” from her album. We like Brueggergosman’s performance—she’s sultry but sweet, and she clearly has fun at the mic (this time, an orange one, for those keeping count along with us). We’ve got our fingers crossed for Martin Short doing Jiminy Glick next week, but we won’t hold our breath, especially since Jackie Evancho, one of the breakout stars of America’s Got Talent, is slated to perform.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 19: the stage is on fire

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 19

In this episode of Canada’s Got Talent, we see the final round of semi-finalists before the big live show next week. With so much riding on a 90-second tryout, the competition seems even fiercer than usual—of course, these contestants have had the longest to prepare their routines, so we’d be disappointed with anything less. It’s no shock to us now that host Dina Pugliese towers over contestants, but on this occasion, she’s a full head taller than everyone in dance crew Broken Dance. We’re starting to wonder how tall Pugliese actually is, even without the sky-high heels. We’ve also been keeping tabs on Pugliese’s bedazzled microphones, and this week we spotted yet another colour: purple. That brings the tally up to four (that we’ve seen) different sparkly microphones. A contract rider for Pugliese, perhaps? Naturally, mention is made of Measha Brueggergosman’s hair—it has been straightened—and Stephan Moccio is still sporting scarves. All is right in the Canada’s Got Talent world.

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Camera: Michael and Diane Budman host a private screening of Frank Marshall’s new doc in their Forest Hill home

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February 29. It wasn’t quite musical chairs, but there was a flurry of seat swapping between courses during a dinner at the Forest Hill home of Michael and Diane Budman. The buzz was mostly about a new ESPN documentary by Holly­wood producer Frank Marshall that they’d just previewed in the basement theatre. Right to Play centres on Budman’s friend, Johann Olav Koss, the founder of the humanitarian sports organization of the same name. Things started slow as Budman spent a few minutes figuring out the DVD player, leaving the guests in the dark. (Martin Short couldn’t resist: “It’s a triumph, Frank.”) After dinner, Short nudged musician Stephan Moccio, his fellow judge on Canada’s Got Talent, toward the piano and delivered a semi-improvised, mostly nonsensical song that referenced bin Laden, deadbeat dads, dirty beards and Navy SEALS, and left the crowd howling. The moral of the story: when throwing a dinner party, always invite a comedian.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 18: who is Dina Pugliese’s bespoke microphone designer?

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 18

In this episode of Canada’s Got Talent, mostly everything goes as we expect it to, with a few minute differences: host Dina Pugliese has yet another sparkly microphone, only this time it’s black (Seriously, what is the microphone budget on this program?); the celebrity of the week isn’t even in the audience (How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders pre-recorded a congratulations to the winners); and judge Stephan Moccio performs a song off his new album “Elements” (the instrumental “October”, with a staggeringly large orchestra). The voting, however, goes the way we imagined it would.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 17: Martin Short doesn’t make a sexual come-on

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 17

In this episode of Canada’s Got Talent, we encounter something that’s been missing for ages: the Moccio sway. Judge Stephan Moccio has remained remarkably stoic, judging silently in his scarves, but beatboxing contestant KRNFX has Moccio out of his chair, ever-so-briefly. Other crowd pleasing standards of the show are firmly in place: someone makes a comment about Measha Brueggergosman’s hair (there were stars in it this time), and host Dina Pugliese wears a ball gown (a lemon yellow one with revealing cut-outs at the waist—girl looks good). Absent from this episode is a dose of Short’s sexually charged commentary, and we’ll leave you to decide whether that’s a good thing or not. Of the six semi-finalists, this is the first we’ve seen of two groups: Silvia Ricciotto, a busker-singer, and Karen and Jeffrey Chang of Jive, a brother-sister dance duo. Though both performances are strong, it’s hard to feel invested in these acts when, 17 episodes in, this is the first time we’re seeing them do anything.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 16: the men cry a lot

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 16

In this results show episode of Canada’s Got Talent, host Dina Pugliese is the focus of our attention, instead of the somewhat hammy judges Measha Brueggergosman, Martin Short and Stephan Moccio. The statuesque Pugliese shines in a purple column dress, and she proves that Brueggergosman won’t always eclipse everyone else with her kooky hairdos (her side ponytail—outfitted with what we presume to be extensions—looks inspired by Princess Leia’s slave girl hairdo). Pugliese takes some friendly ribbing from Short, who jokes “You’re beautiful. Whatever cosmetic surgery you’ve had, I would say 20 per cent more, then stop!” (It’s actually less offensive than it seems written down.) And did anyone notice that Pugliese has two bejeweled microphones—one white and one gold—for this hosting gig? Is one for the results show and one for the talent portion? We have so many questions about these microphones alone: Who designed them? How much do they cost? Is a special ruby and white diamond one being made for the finale?

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 15: someone else makes fun of Stephan Moccio’s scarves

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 15

When a celebrity joins the audience of Canada’s Got Talent, it’s a sure thing that the producers are going to make a fuss. Roberto Alomar is on hand for this episode, and host Dina Pugliese says hello, talks about Twitter and even throws out a reference to his 1994 McCain juice campaign, Catch The Taste (timely!). Measha Brueggergosman jokes about how her enormous Mohawk has its own postal code, Stephan Moccio wears a scarf (this time hidden under the lapels of a jacket) and Martin Short gets in the filthiest innuendo we’ve heard yet—talking about a magic act, he says, “How many swords can you put in one box? I mean, I guess that’s the old joke.” A prize has been added to the pot, too: an all-inclusive trip to Tobago.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 14: Caitlin better than farting dog

Host Dina Pugliese, Shale Wagman and Emilio Fina (Images: Canada’s Got Talent)

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 14

Yesterday, we said we didn’t expect any surprises at last night’s Canada’s Got Talent results show, but boy were we wrong. Amidst the time wasting we’ve come to expect from a results show (this week, there’s a six-minute web correspondent introduction and a short highlight reel of the best of the worst), there were some genuine shocks, including Stephan Moccio’s absent indoor scarf (he has been reading!).

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Measha Brueggergosman is having a good year, but it wasn’t always so good

Measha Brueggergosman (Image: Damien D.)

On Thursday at Markham Theatre and Friday at Trinity St. Paul’s Church, soprano Measha Brueggergosman will be performing songs from her new album I’ve Got a Crush on You. Brueggergosman tells the Star that this album isn’t opera-heavy, and that it was made because she “felt the urge to procreate.” In 2009, the singer underwent heart surgery which led her to write the album track “Whole to my Half” about her supportive husband, and in 2011—after she suffered the loss of twins in utero—she began to work on her management, website and public relations, which has led to a hosting gig on Canada’s Got Talent and a tour for her album.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 13: the kids are all right (seriously, look at Shale Wagman move!)

Shale Wagman performs a very intricate dance (Image: Canada’s Got Talent)

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 13

All the standards of a Canada’s Got Talent episode were there last night: Measha Brueggergosman has tall hair, Stephan Moccio’s neck remains cold (thus the jazzy scarf) and Martin Short gets in a sex joke (a very Canadian one at that, since he jokes that Rita McNeil made him a man). We saw Brueggergosman at her prickliest yet, buzzing contestant Caitlin Bell before informing her she’s not impressed by her YouTube fame: “You may have a million hits, but there’s a farting dog with two million.” In addition to getting a bit sassy, we also witness Brueggergosman’s most maudlin moment this season, where she actually cries at 11-year-old Shale Wagman’s dance performance, sobbing “I don’t have children, Shale, but I would take you home.” Last night’s episode had some obvious winners and losers—we don’t think there will be any upsets at tonight’s results show.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 12: a cruel seven minutes of judge dancing (and some eliminations!)

Judges Stephan Moccio, Measha Brueggergosman and Martin Short (Image: Canada’s Got Talent)

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 12

Results shows are always about killing time—it only takes a few moments to actually announce who won—so it’s always interesting to see how producers go about filling a half-hour. In the case of Canada’s Got Talent, the long-gone (but not forgotten) judge dancing got its own clip show, which, when combined with friendly banter, ate up an astonishing seven minutes of the episode.

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Canada’s Got Talent, episode 11: Dirty Dancing daddies and the next Justin Bieber

Canada’s Got Talent, Episode 11

If Canada’s Got Talent didn’t air on Sunday nights, we could make a drinking game that would get us blotto. The rules would be as follows: drink every time Stephan Moccio’s neck gets so cold he has to wear an indoor scarf (he’s wearing a peach-coloured one); take a shot whenever someone comments on Measha Brueggergosman’s hair (she’s wearing it in a sort of Bettie Page up-do); and chug whenever Martin Short makes a corny joke. Like last week, host Dina Pugliese has a small child in her lap towards the end of the show, but this week, the child is hers—she brought the whole family along to watch. Adorably, her son is either too tired or too shy to say much (the apple does fall far from the tree, sometimes), but the Puglieses aren’t the only special guests: Canadian comedy star Andrea Martin is in the audience (the camera guys not-so-subtly pan to her, and the producers even add a caption under her face). It’s getting more and more difficult for us to choose the best and worst, but check out our picks after the jump.

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