“Star Académie”: Marc Dupré, a passionate animator
Marc Dupré, the new animator of Variétés de “Star Académie”, sees himself above all as a big brother and a friend of future Academicians. Because he always needs to be impressed and touched, his involvement will necessarily go beyond the Sunday evening shows.
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Marc Dupré likes to put himself in danger and try things he’s never done before. Hosting a big Variety like the Sunday shows of “Star Académie” were not necessarily part of his objectives, but he welcomes the challenge with pleasure.
“I consider myself a guy who makes music and performs,” he explained in an interview. Listening to young people sing, giving my comments, having fun, that’s what I like to do. It also allows me to continue doing what I love the most and to share my passion with as many people as possible. The set of “Star Académie” is incredible, I can’t wait to experience it fully. It’s going to be new for me to not just be the guest.”
He also admits that the proposal came at a good time, when artists who do big shows like him are currently deprived of their audiences.
“Instead of putting on a new show with certain limitations, I prefer to wait for it to start off as it should. In the meantime, I continue to fill myself with music and experiences. I need to move, go out, work and keep myself in action all the time, I couldn’t see myself doing anything.
Up to the challenge
Because he is a stage man, Marc Dupré feels confident in this role of host.
“I’m going to talk to candidates and teachers; we will talk about music, emotions conveyed by songs, experience moments of joy and others more difficult, it’s a pleasure. I’m going to be an integral part of the show, and that keeps me alive.”
With all his years of experience as a guest artist, as a coach at “La Voix” or as a host of “En studio”, he knows the mechanics of this kind of program.
“I’m a guy who easily absorbs information and I have a pretty strong sense of observation. I’ve done interviews, I’ve been on big sets, I know how it works. I will be able to deliver the “show”.
A personal style
By taking over from Patrice Michaud, Marc Dupré knows that he will bring a different energy.
“I will speak to people as I speak in life. I am someone who likes to laugh, who has repartee, who wants to have fun, and we will feel it. I want to have “fun” all the time. For having been a coach at “La Voix”, I know that there are more difficult times for candidates, times when you have to be serious and, others, more fun and “fun”.
The singer also sees himself as a protective big brother for the candidates.
“I know when someone is not on their plate, and I will be able to speak with the candidates. I like this contact, I love seeing the next generation. On social networks, that’s what I’m looking for, to hear new singers, to follow the evolution of artists, to see the changes in the music world… I want to be aware of all that, because I love my job and I love music.”
The first Variety of “Star Académie” will be presented live this Sunday at 7 p.m. on TVA.
The daily will be broadcast Monday to Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., starting January 17.
All “Star Académie” appointments are available for catch-up on TVA+.
A restricted audience
The health rules currently in force ensure that the first Variety, this Sunday, will take place with a limited audience, mainly made up of the families of Academicians already recruited to enter the Academy.
For Marc Dupré, the presence of the public is important because it can have a galvanizing effect on young singers.
“It’s important for artists to see people’s reactions. If you are singing a song and you see, for example, people crying, it touches you and it transports you even further in your interpretation.
Adjustments will be made by the production for the following weeks according to the evolution of the health rules dictated by the government. However, the presence of international guests is not at all compromised. Confirmations have been made lately, and several names should be announced shortly.
Lara Fabian, a dedicated director
For a second year, Lara Fabian takes the direction of the Academy with pleasure and benevolence.
“This prospect of being in the shoes of the director again, of being the one who takes the hand, it’s really a great happiness,” she exclaimed at the opening of the final auditions.
Last year, Lara stood out for her elegance, her relevant advice, her ability to listen and her limitless generosity. We also discovered how much she is able to understand the humans in front of her and help them find the path that will make them better.
For this season, she wants to keep the same course and the same energy. “I will always keep the gaze of the spectator, of the girl who is lucky enough to be in observation, not just in judgment, she confided in an interview. We want to be guides and companions. Above all, I want to be available to what is going to happen, to be 100% present to what may happen.
A high caliber brigade
The team of professors of “Star Académie” welcomes a new recruit, who has several decades of career.
Guylaine Tremblay will indeed be in charge of helping young people to perfect their interpretation by feeling more what they sing. This is the first time that the actress will slip into this kind of role.
“I’ve never taught, and it’s funny that I do it in this context. But I wanted to try that, and I am very moved by the talent of the young people, by their passion.
Essential, Gregory Charles will continue his mission to prepare the Academicians for the group numbers on Sunday evening, and to accompany those who are in danger.
“Even if we are on TV, we are in an educational role. We must try to use our instinct, our experience, and visualize or predict how we are able to participate in the progress of each Academician.
Finally, the course of musical creation will see different speakers succeed one another as the weeks go by. Ariane Moffatt will be back for a second year. Louis-Jean Cormier, Fouki and Vincent Vallières will complete the team alternately.