Star Académie’s Éloi Cummings leaves the islands and settles in Montreal


The finalist of the last edition of Star Academy returned home to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, where he resumed his studies, taking part in the traditional lobster cage ejection and pausing to decant all that he lived. Now that the dust has settled on the great adventure Star Academythe Madelinot decided to settle in Montreal to study jazz singing in the fall.

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Éloi, how have you been since you left the academy?
It’s going very well, I’ve resumed my normal life. I returned home to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and took time to see my family and friends. It was good for me. I also got back to school and had to work very hard to make up for lost time and not lose my year; it is on the road to success. And I made a big decision: I enrolled in CEGEP for jazz vocals in Montreal for the fall.

Is it hard to get back to normal life when the spotlight is gone?
What is certain is that after 14 weeks of high it is a big change. It’s a big drop, but you get used to it quickly. In any case, we have no choice but to get used to it and return to some normality. It was good to see my family members, I missed them a lot, they are my pillars. You are my resource people. Finding her allowed me to find myself a little. My family is my point of reference.

Two months later, what do you remember? Star Academy?
Many things. I learned so much from the teachers and from the many artists we were able to meet! It’s a huge learning experience and I’ll never forget it. I loved my evening with Stromae and taking part in the number directed by Serge Denoncourt: it was the evening I had the most fun. I was sure of the work I had done that week. It was just fun.

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Were you disappointed not to win when it appeared to be in the bag?
Seriously, I wasn’t disappointed, even though I was very happy for Krystel. I had no expectations even though I voted publicly four times. I didn’t think for a moment it was in the bag. I did my best. In the end, the outcome was in Krystel’s favour, and she fully deserved it.

Many thought Gregory Charles was hard on you. What do you think?
I didn’t find him hard on me. I think that also cost me at a certain point in the adventure because I had relaxed a bit. Sometimes he would goad me because I had to work more. I didn’t agree with him on some points, but what I liked about Greg was that we could have nice discussions. We got along.

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Have you resumed lobster fishing?
Yes we have been putting the cages in the water lately. It’s an annual family activity that I enjoy participating in. I still fish and help the family. We have a long tradition of lobster fishing.

How does a day in your life on the islands look like?
When I’m not helping out fishing, I’m learning. I have to work hard to catch up the delay caused by Star Academy, but it’s going well, I’m almost done. If I didn’t have a degree, I would spend time with my friends on the beach, but studying is my priority. I thank my teachers who have been really great with me for helping me catch up.

What are your plans?
At the moment I’m preparing to sing with Lara Fabian and Marc Dupré this summer. This will be my first time singing at a venue as big as the Videotron Center and I can’t wait to find the gang Star Academy.

And for the fall?
I’m moving to Montreal. I’m preparing everything right now, I’m going to study jazz singing at CEGEP. It’s a big step to leave the family nest, but I’ve gotten used to it over the past four months. I’m looking for an apartment in the city and it’s not easy to find.

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Have you been working on new songs lately?
No, not as much as I would have liked. But above all, I want to be ready in time for CEGEP. When it comes to music, I want to find my style first and foremost. My goal is not to make a record quickly. Most of all I want to find out who Eloi is and create my own material, I don’t want to just sing other people’s songs. But I can’t wait to start working with Krystel on the show this fall.

You recently received a medal from the National Assembly. What does that mean for you?
This gesture touched me. It’s something you only get once in a lifetime and it’s a great honor to receive it at 16 because you’ve represented the Magdalen Islands and positively influenced young people to reach the end of their dreams. I didn’t think I would have had such a big impact and I’m proud of it. Star Academy changed my life; Everyone knows me at home now and people are nice and proud.

► The tour of the finalists of Star Academy will be presented throughout Quebec in spring 2023. musicorspectacles.com. To track Elois activity: facebook.com/eloycummings.

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