Schmidt just shy of big win

Valley fans watched excitedly Sunday, April 13 as the final two groups of YTV’s The Next Star: SuperGroup faced off one last time.

With Duncan’s Parker Schmidt a member of Electric Ave, his supporters all had their fingers crossed but it was not to be.

Rival group Rebel Coast was chosen as the eventual winner.

The finale offered plenty of glamorous onstage action for both the final groups, however.

Previously, both the girl groups: Kiss + Shout and Neon Crush Club, which included Duncan’s Lynnea Bruce, had been eliminated, leaving the guys to duke it out for final honours.

Sunday night was the boys’ big night onstage in front of an audience of screaming young fans.

Viewers had already seen the groups making videos to introduce their new singles but the finale gave the performers the chance to bring these on stage, with talented background performers amping up the excitement to fever pitch.

Electric Ave’s presentation of Into Pieces lit up the stage, literally. Light bars sewn into the boys’ clothing lit them up and they responded with some of their brilliant dancing, bringing the house down.

Later postings on the group’s Facebook site showed that the video was roaring up the charts on iTunes.

The evening’s show also featured two solos by teen heartthrob Austin Mahone, who said he was amazed by the atmosphere on the set.

Others were astonished, too. Facebook lit up with local friends and family expressing their thanks for a great series.

Laurie Schmidt, Parker’s mom, summed it up.

"These boys are amazing! Their example of hard work and doing what you love is an inspiration. Thanks #ElectricAve for being you! This is only the start of great things for you all!" she posted.

Bruce was also excited for her friend and fellow competitor as she watched the finale with another friend from the show.

"We are so proud of our boys and so excited to see what is next for both @rebelcoastmusic and @itselectricave. And for those of you wondering: yes, yes I did cry," she posted.

The Electric Ave page on Facebook was full of plans with posts like "New single out from Electric Ave! Go to iTunes and pick it up! Although we didn’t win #supergroup we still are gonna put out ANOTHER single! Its called #BigBang and its coming at you like a freight train! Check it It’s not over boys! It’s just the beginning :)" In other words, watch for more from this talented group of guys.