Mixmania broke the ice and took his place

Without mixmaniathere would have been none Star Academy. Without mixmaniahad it not been for eight chapters The voicelet alone expenses of The junior voice. Without mixmaniathere would have been no catchy tune You go (and that’s good for me) !

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Twenty years ago, in August 2002, Vrak launched one of Quebec’s first musical reality shows, bringing eight teenagers – the famous mix – together in a huge, colorful loft. Divided into two groups, No Reues (girls) and Urban Defense (boys), these young people learned to sing and move in the eye of the cameras. And they performed in a 100% French speaking Candy Pop.

Nobody could have predicted the stratospheric success mixmaniawhich nearly caused a riot at the Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City, where 12,000 fans shouted the lyrics of the play touch the sky. “You and me up, you and me, we’ll never stop!” »

Let’s go back to 2002, a time before thatStar Academy where cannon shows like american idol thundered just a few weeks. It was the time when purists threw up on this television subgenre, doomed to go to shame with butterfly clips in their hair and stripes in their “ketchup chip” ribbons.

Yuck, reality TV! These “artists” don’t make art, they make indigestible sausage with a commercial flavor.

How wrong these spoilsports were. How they lacked vision.

Twenty years after the start of mixmaniatwo of his former participants, William Cloutier (Mixmania 3) and Krystel Mongeau (mix 4), won the last seasons of Star Academyand VAT. Claudia Bouvette Mixmania 2 very advanced Big Brother Celebrities on Noovo and released an excellent electropop album entitled The Paradise Club.


Photo CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, Special Collaboration

Claudia Bouvette took part in season 2 of mixmania before embarking on the adventure Big Brother Celebrities and start an album, The Paradise Club.

if you follow The voiceyou’ve probably seen a number of previous mixes including Krystel Mongeau (her again!), Redgee (winner of mix 4), Gabriel Wald (Mixmania 3) and Tommy Tremblay (Mixmania 2). Oh yes, Anne-Sophie Demers (Mixmania 2) has also moved to XOXO’s cardboard apartments, but let’s not open this still painful case, thanks.

To gauge the powerful impact of Quebec’s oldest musical reality show, Crave launches the documentary on Wednesday Mixmania: 20 years later, which puts the 2002 vintage, the original mixes, in the spotlight. It’s very good, if a bit short at around forty minutes. There was a movie theme here of at least an hour and a half, easy.

In a monastic setting vintage, Annabelle, Julie, Ariane, Frank, Emmanuel and Pierre-Luc tell Bianca Gervais – who also directs – about the pros and cons of being fed by the shrill calls of the Bell Center and the FrancoFolies at such a young age. How do you get back to slicing pressed chicken at the IGA without feeling 18-year-old?

Mixmaniacs note: Caroline Marcoux-Gendron and Benjamin Laliberté refused to participate in the Crave documentary. You have not been forgotten.

At the height of the pop wave that propelled Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys to the top mixmania succeeded in creating accessible idols that members of Generation Y could identify with immediately. In episodes broadcast by Vrak, the Mix repeated their words, made mistakes in their choreography, and cried when they didn’t like a piece of clothing, making them more human than a Justin Timberlake, untouchable, infallible, and priceless.

By exposing their private lives on television, the participants of mixmania cemented their close bond with their admirers long before social media existed. Today, pop stars spread confessions, actions or house tours on TikTok and Instagram. In 2002, everything, everything, to know everything about the mix, you had to buy the magazine Cool.

In their living room, tens of thousands of mixmaniacs have remade No Regrets’ choreography and copied their Y2K clothing style, which oddly has now been recycled by Gen Z.

The most fascinating thing about the phenomenon mixmania, it is the place of French. All the songs of the four seasons, effective and catchy, were written in our language. In 2002, tweens were being yelled at boys partying Where The 5 fingers of the hand. In 2011 the time had come zero point love Where As long as we love each other.

And today ? There was a rumor about the possible resurrection of the format from mixmania and talks have started in that direction. However, Bell Media preferred to buy the documentary by Bianca Gervais, which torpedoed the reincarnation project.

However, it is obvious that a mixmania 2022 would work. When the Glamies sang season two, this show broke the ice and took their place. And when competing reality shows want to replenish their contestant pool, other mixes have to dance, dance and sing, sing, hey, oh!

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