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

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The finalist of the last edition of star academy returned to his home in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, where he resumed his studies, participated in the traditional launching of the lobster fishing cages and took a break to decant all that ‘ he lived. Now that the dust has returned to the great adventure star academyle Madelinot has decided to settle in Montreal in order to undertake studies in jazz singing in the fall.

• On the other hand: Éloi addresses the public for the first time since the Star Académie final

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

Is it difficult to resume a normal life when the spotlights go out?
It’s definitely a big change after 14 free weeks. It’s a big kick, but you get used to it quickly. Anyway, we have no choice but to get used to it and return to some normality. Seeing my family members did me good, I had missed them a lot, they are my pillars. They are my resource people. 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 of star academy?
Many things. I learned so much with the teachers and with the many artists that we were able to meet! It’s a huge learning experience, and I’ll never forget that. I loved my evening with Stromae and my participation in Serge Denoncourt’s number: it was the evening where I had the most fun. I was sure of the work I had done during that week. It was just fun.

• On the other hand: Krystel looks back on her triumphant journey at Star Académie

Were you disappointed not to win when it seemed to be in the pocket?
Seriously, I wasn’t disappointed with that, even that I was really happy for Krystel. I had no expectations, even though I had I voted it public for four reruns. I didn’t think for a moment that it was in the pocket. I did my best. Finally, the result of the summer in favor of Krystel, and she fully deserves it.

Several have described Gregory Charles being tough on you. What do you think?
I didn’t find him to be hard on me. I think that’s what it took me at a certain point in the adventure, because there was a little relaxation on my part. Sometimes he stirred me up because I needed to work more. I did not agree with him on certain points, it is that we could have beautiful discussions. We are okay.

• On the other hand: Éloi returns to Gregory Charles’ criticism of him at Star Académie

Have you started lobster fishing again?
Yes, we have put the cages in the water lately. It is an annual family activity in which I make a point of participating. I’m still fishing and helping the family. Lobster fishing is a tradition with us.

What does a day in your life in the Islands look like?
When I’m not helping with fishing, I study. I have to work hard to catch up improved by star academy, but it’s going well, I’m almost done. If I didn’t have my studies, I would spend time with my friends at the beach, plus studies are my priority. I thank my teachers, who have been really great with me to help me catch up.

What are your projects ?
Right now, I’m getting ready to sing with Lara Fabian and Marc Dupré this summer. This will be the first time that I’m going to sing in a venue as big as the Videotron Center, and I can’t wait to find the gang of star academy.

And for the fall?
I’m moving to Montreal. I’m preparing all that right now, I’m going to study jazz singing at CEGEP. It’s a big step to leave the family nest, but I’ve been able to get used to it a bit during the last four months. I’m looking for an apartment in town, and it’s not easy to find.

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Have you been working on any new songs lately?
No, not as much as I would have liked. But I want to hatch and be ready in time for CEGEP. When it comes to music, first and foremost I want to find my style. My but is not to make a dial quickly. 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. I can’t wait to start working on the show with Krystel this fall.

You recently received a medal from the National Assembly. What does this represent for you?
I was touched by this gesture. It’s something you receive just once in a lifetime, and it’s a great honor to receive it at 16 for having represented the Magdalen Islands and for having positively disseminated young people to go to the end of their dreams. I don’t think I had such a big impact and I’m proud of it. star academy a change in my life; everyone knows me back home now, and people are nice and proud.

► The tour of the finalists of star academy will be presented at the four pieces of Quebec in the spring of 2023. musicorspectacles.com. To follow Eloi’s activities: facebook.com/eloicummings.

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