Does your tween twinkle? If so, they could be part of the next Mini Pop Kids album.
Young singers and dancers have a chance to shine and audition for the singing group’s upcoming album.
Samantha Kives, a Mini Pop Kids team member, explained they are looking for young people, aged 11 to 14, for an album of popular pop song covers.
“If there is a kid a bit younger or older that really shines, we are open to that,” Kives said, adding auditions are open to kids across Toronto and beyond.
The first step is a video submission due by Feb. 17. Applicants are asked to make a YouTube video, two minutes or less, and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a photo and contact information to the Mini Pop Kids team.
This is the first time the Mini Pop team has held auditions over YouTube.
“Since kids are always on YouTube and playing with that medium, they (Mini Pop) wanted to take advantage of that,” Kives said.
Once the team views the videos, a selection of youth will be offered a live audition time.
That leads to Step 2. On Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Lower Ossington Theatre on Ossington Avenue in West Queen West, singers, dancers and rappers chosen from the YouTube videos will audition live for a chance to be chosen for the next Mini Pop Kids album.
There will be six to nine kids chosen for the album, which will be recorded in Toronto this spring.
Kives said she expects the album will feature covers of songs by Taylor Swift, The Lumineers, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen.
But even the kids who aren’t picked for the album will have a chance to be featured on the Mini Pop Kids website, Kives explained.
“If they are great kids, but just don’t quite make it as a Mini Pop this year, they can still share their singing and dancing on our website because we will do links to those videos on our website,” Kives said, adding kids who don’t want their video shared can still audition without making the video public.
The Mini Pop Kids mission is to empower kids to feel confident, provide kid-friendly versions of today’s pop songs and to encourage kids to sing, dance and have fun.
K-tel first launched the original Mini Pops in the 1980s and sold millions of albums. The group was relaunched in 2004 with new kids and new songs. The albums are recorded and produced in Canada. Visit http://minipopkids.comhttp://minipopkids.com/ for details.