Shawn Desman pegged as celebrity judge for Gleek-worthy Show Choir Canada National Championships
Shawn Desman may have started a terrible hair trend back in the early 2000s (come to think of it, was the side-strip buzz cut really ever a trend?), but his latest triumph is securing the post of celebrity judge for the first ever Show Choir Canada National Championships. The Glee-like competition, where schools across Canada perform competing choreographed song and dance routines, takes place April 8 and 9 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Show Choir Canada was founded by George Randolph, president of Toronto’s Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, alongside Peter da Costa, agency director of da Costa Talent. The competition is a response to growing interest in the arts, thanks to shows like Canadian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and, of course, Ryan Murphy’s nectar for musical theatre buffs, Glee. With over 400 contestants from 10 high schools competing in the finals, it’s clear that Glee fever (Gleever?) has hit Canada, and hard.
Also judging the competition are Emmy award-winning director and choreographer David Connolly, Canadian Children’s Opera Company director and conductor Ann Cooper Gay and So You Think You Can Dance Canada choreographer and guest judge Melissa Williams, with Canadian Idol finalist Elena Juatco hosting.