It was elimination night for some contestants on Citytv’s “Canada’ Got Talent” Tuesday night, as two semifinalists  — opera singer Julie Lafountaine and dance crew Freshh — moved on to the finals.

Fresh, the seven-member group from Vancouver, B.C., has danced with Canadian music artist K-Os at the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Lafontaine, who is from Montreal, Que., showcased her larger-than-life voice in a performance of “Libiamo” from La Traviata for the grand finale of the first live performance show.
 
On Tuesday’s episode, the top two YouTube acts from the “Last Chance Auditions” were also revealed, rounding out the list of 39 acts.

On Monday, the show went live for the first time, with the semifinalists performing in the one-hour show.

Before the lights went up, show producer John Brunton said he was thrilled that Monday’s show was live for the first time.

“I can’t hardly wait for people to see these acts and how they progress from the first time they’ve seen them in the audition shows,” Brunton said.

Brunton said the show will contain “seven acts from all across the country — from fire acts to rock bands, to opera, to martial arts groups.”

He added that the viewers will now have the power.

“The show is now in the hands of Canada; they’re going to decide who moves into the finale. Canada votes, Canada decides,” Brunton said.

Contestants are competing for the grand prize includes $100,000, a Nissan GTR worth $105,000, a Las Vegas show, and an appearance at the Citytv New Year’s Eve bash.

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Canada’s Got Talent airs every Sunday night at 8 p.m. local time, beginning April 8, and every Monday night at 9 p.m. local time, beginning April 9.

Canadians have the chance to vote for their favourite acts immediately following each live performance show. For more information on how to vote via text, online, Facebook, Twitter, or by phone, and for a list of FAQs, visit CanadasGotTalent.com. Public voting will remain open from 9 p.m. ET to 2 a.m. ET.

The Canada’s Got Talent app allows viewers to rate acts from their mobile devices as well as track the success of each performer in real time. Backstage live streams will be available via the CGT app.

  • BlackBerry tablet and phone apps can be downloaded for free on BlackBerry App World
  • The iPad and iPhone apps can be downloaded from the Canadian iTunes store.


You can follow Canada’s Got Talent on Twitter @CGTCitytv and talk with other fans using the hashtag #CGT. You can also check out Canada’s Got Talent on Facebook.

Tickets to Canada’s Got Talent are available to the general public free of charge on a first come, first served basis. All requests must be sent to cgtaudience@insighttv.com
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