Search is on for Canadian Miley Cyrus

Mon May 12, 2008 2:19am EDT
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TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Universal Music Canada has joined the search for Canada's version of Miley Cyrus.

The Canadian label will offer a record contract to the winner of "The Instant Star," a summer reality talent show from YTV, Canada's kids' cable channel, and producer Tricon Films & Television, that will bow July 18.

The homegrown series will see young Canadians age 15 and younger compete for singing stardom. CTV's rival summer "Canadian Idol" series has a cutoff age of 16.

Universal Music Canada's talent stable includes Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, Diana Krall, Nelly Furtado and Paul Anka.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Singer Miley Cyrus waves at the Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles March 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>