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Éloi Cummings of Star Académie leaves the islands and settles in Montreal

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The finalist of the latest edition of Academy of the Stars he returned home to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, where he resumed his studies, took part in the traditional launching of lobster cages and took a break to praise everything that lived. Now that the dust has settled on the great adventure Academy of the StarsMadelinot decided to settle in Montreal to study jazz singing in the autumn.

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Éloi, how have you been since you left the academy?
It is going very well, I have resumed my normal life. I returned home to Îles-de-la-Madeleine and took some time to see my family and friends. It did me good. I also started school again and had to work very hard to make up for lost time and not lose the year; is on the way to success. And I made an important decision: I enrolled in the CEGEP in Jazz Singing in Montreal for the fall.

Is it hard to get back to normal life when the spotlight goes out?
It sure is a big change after 14 weeks of frenzy. It’s a big drop, but you get used to it quickly. Either way, we have no choice but to get used to it and return to a certain normalcy. Seeing my family has done me good, I have missed them a lot, they are my pillars. They are my human resources. Finding them allowed me to find myself a little too. My family is my point of reference.

With two months of hindsight, what do you remember Academy of the Stars?
A lot of things. I learned a lot with the teachers and with the many artists we were able to meet! It is a great learning experience and I will never forget it. I loved my evening with Stromae and my participation in the number directed by Serge Denoncourt: it was the evening I enjoyed the most. I was sure of the work I had done during that week. It was just fun.

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Were you disappointed not to win when it seemed to be in your pocket?
Seriously, I wasn’t disappointed with that, although I was really happy for Krystel. I had no expectations, even though I got the public vote four times. I didn’t think for a moment that you were in your pocket. I have done my best. In the end, the result was in Krystel’s favor, and she fully deserves it.

Many found that Gregory Charles was hard on you. What do you think?
I didn’t find it hard on me. I think that’s what it took me at one point in the adventure, because there was some relaxation on my part. Sometimes it turned me on because I needed to work harder. I didn’t agree with him on a few points, but what I liked with Greg was that we could have good discussions. We understood each other.

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Have you resumed your lobster fishing?
Yes, we’ve been putting the cages in the water lately. It is an annual family activity that I am committed to participate in. I am still fishing and helping the family. Lobster fishing with us is a tradition.

What does a day in your life look like in the Islands?
When I’m not helping with fishing, I study. I have to work hard to make up for the delay caused by Academy of the Stars, but it’s going well, I’m almost done. If I didn’t have my studies, I would spend time with my friends on the beach, but studies are my priority. Thanks to my teachers, who have been really great with me in helping me catch up.

What are your plans?
Right now, I’m preparing to sing with Lara Fabian and Marc Dupré this summer. This will be the first time I will sing in a venue as big as the Videotron Center and I can’t wait to find the band of Academy of the Stars.

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

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Have you been working on any new songs lately?
No, not as much as I wanted. But above all I want to be ready in time for the CEGEP. When it comes to music, first of all I want to find my style. My goal is not to make a fast record. Above all, I want to find out who Eloi is and create my own material, I don’t just want to sing other people’s songs. But I’m looking forward to starting work on the show with Krystel this fall.

Recently, you received a medal from the National Assembly. What does it represent for you?
This gesture moved me. It is something that is only received once in a lifetime, and it is a great honor to receive it at 16 for representing the Maddalena Islands and for positively influencing young people to reach the end of their dreams. I didn’t think I would have such a big impact and I’m proud of it. Academy of the Stars changed my life; everyone knows me at home now and people are nice and proud.

► The tour of the finalists of Academy of the Stars will be unveiled across Quebec in the spring of 2023. musicorspectacles.com. To follow Eloi’s activities: facebook.com/eloicummings.

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