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Local hip-hop group Freshh is one of the finalists in the Canada's Got Talent competition. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
As Canada's Got Talent nears its breathtaking conclusion, people across B.C. are sure to be cheering when Richmond-based hip-hop group Freshh take to the stage on Sunday.
With moves Mick Jagger would envy, the seven-member dance troupe has consistently impressed audiences and judges, earning them a place among eleven other finalists, whose talents range from rap to opera.
Freshh's members range in age from 13 to 17. And their backgrounds, which include American, Filipino, French-Canadian, Japanese, Scottish, and Australian, make them the perfect poster group for Canadian diversity.
"It's awfully exciting," said Freshh member MC Stewart, who's working hard with choreography coach Cezar Tantoco and other members to develop a series of short, sharp new routines that will hopefully give them an edge over the competition.
"We're honoured to make it to the finals ahead of other talented acts that may have been eliminated due to bad luck or just because something went wrong that day."
Although Freshh are no strangers to fame - they performed at the closing of the 2010 Winter Olympics - the pressure's on and the team is working hard to prepare. "We spend three-hours a day practicing," said Stewart. "We're trying a lot of things we haven't done before to change up the routine."
Part of the secret of Freshh's appeal is the group's enormous versatility: "Very few groups can perform all the different styles of hip hop," said Stewart. "We try to incorporate many different styles."
While the prospect of winning $100,000, a Nissan GTR, and a chance to perform at a Canada Day event is no doubt exciting, the team is hopeful they'll have the opportunity to perform at different schools and charitable functions, so "they can give something back."
"We really want to thank everyone for all the support," Stewart said. "We never thought we'd be getting interviewed for newspapers and TV - we just do this for fun."
Tune in Sunday at 8 p.m. on Citytv to cheer on Freshh and the other Got Talent finalists.