Based on a song she wrote and performed, a young girl wins a national contest for a recording contract. Now she must balance the life of a normal teenager with that of a rising star in the music industry.
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Series cast summary:
Alexz Johnson ...  Jude Harrison / ... 53 episodes, 2004-2008
Tim Rozon ...  Tommy Quincy / ... 53 episodes, 2004-2008
Kristopher Turner ...  Jamie Andrews / ... 53 episodes, 2004-2008
Laura Vandervoort ...  Sadie Harrison / ... 53 episodes, 2004-2008
Wes Williams ...  Darius Mills / ... 42 episodes, 2004-2008
Tyler Kyte ...  Spiederman / ... 41 episodes, 2005-2008
Mark Taylor ...  Kwest 40 episodes, 2005-2008
Simon Reynolds ...  Stuart Harrison 36 episodes, 2004-2008
Ian Blackwood Ian Blackwood ...  Kyle / ... 26 episodes, 2005-2008
Cory Lee ...  Karma 25 episodes, 2007-2008
Christopher Gaudet Christopher Gaudet ...  Wally / ... 25 episodes, 2005-2008
Miku Graham Miku Graham ...  Portia Quincy / ... 24 episodes, 2004-2007
Jane Sowerby Jane Sowerby ...  Victoria Harrison 23 episodes, 2004-2006


Based on a song she wrote and performed, a young girl wins a national contest for a recording contract. Now she must balance the life of a normal teenager with that of a rising star in the music industry.

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Being famous rocks!


Drama | Music



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Release Date:

1 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gwiazda od zaraz See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Epitome Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several songs written specifically for the show have been covered by famous artists. The most notable example is the Backstreet Boys' cover of "There's Us" which appeared on the season 2 soundtrack. See more »


Jamie: I never kid about jambalaya; I'm not that kind of guy.
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16 June 2006 | by xoxjuicycoutureSee all my reviews

Not only does this show give some insight as to what the world is like after winning an American Idol like contest, but it also has the romance and drama of The OC, the wit and humor of Degrassi, and a fabulous soundtrack to boot. Instant Star follows the winner of a singing talent contest that is comparable to American Idol, as she makes her dreams come true. Jude Harrison is a teenager who is just getting used to the whole fame thing- spending hours in the studio recording, going to school, going on tours, promoting her music every spare second she has.. and managing to add a bit of romance in her life. Instant Star shows us the life we wish we had in the spotlight, and also some real life issues that everyone has to face whether they're famous or not. Instant Star is an even balance between Jude Harrison's work and her real life- it is never more about romance than the music. The music featured on Instant Star is definitely what keeps the show together. Every episode features a brand new song that connects to the show and what Jude Harrison is up to. Alexz Johnson, who plays Jude Harrison, has written many of the songs featured in the television show, and you can see the connection between the song and the artist when she performs. As a teenager myself, I can watch and see issues that I am currently dealing with in my own life be acted out on Instant Star. I love that I am able to connect my own life with that of Jude Harrison's, it definitely brings every celebrity down to my own level- everyone is human, everyone has problems in their lives. Instant Star has just the right amount of drama, plenty of comedy, and the most adorable romances. The music in Instant Star is great, Alexz Johnson has a voice that cannot be compared to anyone else's. Each season that goes by, not only do we see Jude Harrison grow as an artist on the show, but we also see Alexz Johnson grow as an artist. Instant Star is the perfect television show- the acting is never cheesy, the music is always fantastic. Jude Harrison is the girl you wish you could be, living the life you wish you had. The next best thing to living it, is definitely watching it.

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