Duncan’s Parker Schmidt and his group, Electric Ave, have made the cut, but the Valley’s other entry in YTV’s The Next Star: SuperGroup, Lynnea Bruce and her Neon Crush Club group were sent home with the other girl group, Kiss + Shout.
That leaves Schmidt and Co. facing off in the finale against the renamed Rebel Coast group, with next week’s episode showing the rivals making videos.
Being on the show has been quite an experience for the two Valley competitors.
Lynnea’s mom, Janet Robinson-Bruce said on Facebook on Wednesday, "Congratulations, Parker Schmidt. We love you. You represent our town well. So proud of these boys. Their hard work has paid off and they are in the finale," and she then urged, "Let’s get voting people! You can text electric to 98888 or vote online at supergroup. ytv.com."
Parker’s mom, Laurie Schmidt, replied, "It was so great to have Lynnea and Parks in this journey together. We are grateful for the wonderful friendships that we share."
Robinson-Bruce said the entire experience on SuperGroup "has been amazing. We were sad that it had to come to an end tonight, but she gained so much experience and made so many friends and we couldn’t be happier for her. A big thank you to the people at Tricon and YTV for being so awesome and to all the kids who were on the show, love them so much.
Can’t wait to watch next week’s episode of the music videos. Let’s go boys!" Lynnea herself posted that the hardest part for her was bidding farewell to her new friends.
"Why are goodbyes so hard? I wish Canada was smaller so I could hug these amazing people all the time I think a SuperGroup reunion needs to happen."
She also thanked the supporters who helped make her dream a reality.
"Being on SuperGroup has easily been the most incredible experience of my entire life this far. The cast and crew who became my friends and then my family mean the absolute world to me. The things I learned and experienced are things I only ever dreamed of."
Getting there took time. "After five years of auditioning I finally got on that plane to Toronto and it was so worth the wait. [Now], the closet thing to a brother I’ve got, Parker Schmidt, and his group Electric Ave will be performing at finale and are counting on your votes," she said.