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BT’s Dina Pugliese to host Canada’s Got Talent

Breakfast Television’s Dina Pugliese has been named host of Canada’s Got Talent.

The co-host of Canada’s No. 1 morning show joins funny man Martin Short, who was announced as a judge last week, as well as prominent soprano Measha Brueggergosman and renowned musician Stephan Moccio. Brueggergosman and Moccio were also announced Monday.

“We’re thrilled to unveil this talented and dynamic cast for the inaugural season of Canada’s Got Talent,” said Ed Robinson, Canada’s Got Talent executive producer.

“This powerhouse combination of internationally-celebrated Canadians Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio along with charming and engaging host Dina Pugliese stands Canada’s Got Talent in good stead to uncover this nation’s most promising and talented acts.”

Canada’s Got Talent will air on Citytv in March 2012. The Canadian version of the hit franchise — showcasing singers, dancers, jugglers, cyclists, fire breathers, illusionists, acrobats, ventriloquists, musicians and more — is co-produced by Rogers Media and Insight Entertainment. Canada joins more than 40 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, as markets with original Got Talent productions.

The two judges announced Monday are more than qualified to assess musical talent: Moccio, a songwriter and musician, has penned hits for Celine Dion and recently wrote I Believe, the song for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Meanwhile, Brueggergosman is a Juno Award-winning opera singer who has performed all over the world, including at Carnegie Hall and the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

Short, a comedian and actor with more than four decades in showbiz under his belt, was the first judge to be announced for the show.

Pugliese, a familiar face to Citytv fans, has been with Breakfast Television since 2006 and is no stranger to reality TV; she was nominated for hosting a Gemini Award for her work on Much Music VJ Search — The Series. More recently, she was a judge on Canada’s Next Top Model.

The short-listed performers — those who passed the first round of auditions — will be strutting their stuff for the new panel when the Canada’s Got Talent live-theatre audition tour begins this week. Their first stop is Calgary on Tuesday.

The tour will then head west to Vancouver before returning to Toronto in December, and then it’s back to Winnipeg and out to Halifax and Montreal in January.

For information on tickets to the live theatre audition tour, click here.