Ria's Article Gets Featured in the Maple Ridge Arts Council Annual 2011-2012

 

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Teen dreams of being ‘The Next Star’

Maple Ridge News, August 08, 2012 

 

The promise Ria Diy scratched under her bed headboard won’t be erased anytime soon.When she lies down to sleep, the graffiti she scrawled at age 10 serves as a reminder.“I am the next star,” it says.

 

For Diy, the words are more than a dream now. Last week, they became a reality.Diy, who just turned 15, was nominated as a “wild-card” contestant on the YTV show The Next Star. Although she did not make the top 12, Diy is thrilled she got a mention on the show and her audition video was played on TV.“I never expected anything,” said Diy, who also performs on FYE Live! - a Filipino variety TV show that airs on Shaw Multicultural Channel.

 

The Thomas Haney Secondary School student auditioned with 600 others in May and got the chance to meet one of her pop idols - Keshia Chanté.Diy sang an original song for the audition called Anywhere but Here. She describes it as a ballad for her teenage friends, who believe they’ll never find someone to love them.“It’s me telling them you just have to wait, there is someone perfect out there for you,” Diy explained.

 

Diy, who has been singing since she was six, is taking her talent a little more seriously these days.She’s getting vocal lessons and has been doing the rounds at open mic sessions, including one at the Kanaka Creek Coffee House. She practices in her room daily. The posters on her bedroom wall and inspirational notes tacked in prominent places inspire her.All that practice has helped build her confidence.

 

Last week, she won Ridge Meadows Got Talent at Country Fest.“I’ve got a lot of support,” says Diy. Her parents and sister are intensely proud of her.Although Diy didn’t make the TV show, she’s isn’t defeated.“It makes me want to work harder,” says Diy.“This is what I was born to do.”

 

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Local girl could be next big star: Ria Diy earned a chance for a wild card on The Next Star 

Mple Ridge Times, August 3, 2012

 

Maria Diy is on her way to the big time. She just won the Ridge Meadows Got Talent competition last Sunday, sang the national anthem on Canada Day in Memorial Peace Park and now she is one of four kids who won a chance at a wild spot for The Next Star, a Canadian singing competition with a twist.Ria was the only one from B.C. who got this far. The 12 finalists are already in Toronto but they have opened four wild card auditions and Ria is one of them, said excited mom Jackie.The judges had great things to say about Ria during her interview, such as she has such a great voice and great stage presence, Jackie added.

 

The auditions in Vancouver were held last May 12 and there were more than 500 people trying for a spot.Ria made it past the first audition, then she moved on to the second auditions both held on the same day. That night, the lucky ones who were going to move on to the auditions (with the judges) got calls, and when we got our call, we were ecstatic, explained Jackie.

 

So seeing her among the selected four wild card auditions took us by surprise, and to think that she is the only one from B.C., and being from Maple Ridge at that, makes us truly happy, Jackie said.Ria appeared before the judges Universal Music Canadas Mark Spicoluk, country singer and reality TV star Tara Oram, and Juno Award winning R and B singer Keshia Chante.

 

The Next Star is not a typical talent search. It takes more than pitch-perfect pipes to be a pop star. The shows focus is to scour the nation for young hopefuls, 15 years and younger, with the talent and determination to make it through superstar boot camp.These budding pop stars will learn everything from working with music producers, vocal coaches, and music video directors, to presenting their own hit songs, to learning how to own the stage, according to The Next Star website.The winner of The Next Star will earn bragging rights by having their songs distributed by Sony Music Entertainment alongside Usher, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, and even legendary musicians like Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, and the late Michael Jackson. The prize also includes $5,000 from Sears and a Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic guitar from Gibson.Viewers can tune in on Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. to find out who the judges award the wildcard. The poll on The Next Star website is where fans can guess who they think will be the Wildcard.-

 

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Ria guests on Close Look Productions, SHAW Channel 116

Feb. 22, 2012

 

Ria Diy is pretty sure she’s the most avid fan of U.K. boy band One Direction – at least in Canada.Her voice gets high pitched and breathless just speaking about the dreamy quintet, who are managed by Simon Cowell.“I saw them on X-Factor last year and I instantly fell in love with them” says 14-year-old Diy, who channelled her passion for 1D into a video that now featured on the band’s website.

 

The Thomas Haney secondary student sings One Direction’s song Moment in her fan video that begins with a plea for the band to tour Vancouver.She plans to tempt the boys to the West Coast with poutine and honey garlic chicken.“I know Niall - who is my favourite - really likes chicken,” says Diy.Diy aced the first five challenges One Direction put out to their fans and was thrilled to put her talents to use for challenge six.She learned the chords to ‘Moment’ and took three days to record, film and edit the video for the song, with help from her dad, mom and older sister.

 

When she found out her video was one of seven posted on the band’s website, Diy was ecstatic.“I was checking the website everyday,” says Diy, who has been singing since she was six and performs on FYE Live! - a Filipino variety TV show that airs on Shaw Multicultural Channel.“What if they know who I am? That I’m breathing. What if they heard me sing?”, says Diy, who can’t fathom the boys from 1 D know she exists.“My dream is to sing with them,” she says.

Ria gets featured on SHAW Channel 4 The Express

March 16, 2012

 

SHAW Channel 4's The Express' features Ria on TV as one of BC's shining stars, after finding herself as one of seven favorite song covers on the UK band One Direction's website. 

 

Video courtesy of SHAW's Tim Chung. To view the video, click here.

Maple Ridge teen One Direction’s No. 1 fan

The News, Monisha Martins, February 22, 2012

 

Ria Diy is pretty sure she’s the most avid fan of U.K. boy band One Direction – at least in Canada.Her voice gets high pitched and breathless just speaking about the dreamy quintet, who are managed by Simon Cowell.“I saw them on X-Factor last year and I instantly fell in love with them” says 14-year-old Diy, who channelled her passion for 1D into a video that now featured on the band’s website.

 

The Thomas Haney secondary student sings One Direction’s song Moment in her fan video that begins with a plea for the band to tour Vancouver.She plans to tempt the boys to the West Coast with poutine and honey garlic chicken.“I know Niall - who is my favourite - really likes chicken,” says Diy.Diy aced the first five challenges One Direction put out to their fans and was thrilled to put her talents to use for challenge six.

 

She learned the chords to ‘Moment’ and took three days to record, film and edit the video for the song, with help from her dad, mom and older sister.When she found out her video was one of seven posted on the band’s website, Diy was ecstatic.“I was checking the website everyday,” says Diy, who has been singing since she was six and performs on FYE Live! - a Filipino variety TV show that airs on Shaw Multicultural Channel.“What if they know who I am? That I’m breathing. What if they heard me sing?”, says Diy, who can’t fathom the boys from 1 D know she exists.“My dream is to sing with them,” she says.

 

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Vid excites U.K. band

A local girl's video was one of seven selected by a popular British boy band as their favourite - 

Maple Ridge Times, February 21, 2012

 

A Grade 9 student who goes to Thomas Haney Secondary in Maple Ridge loves the boy band One Direction.Everyday Ria Diy surfs the band's website and dreams the dreams that only a 14-year-old budding musician would have - to one day meet the famous British boys who got their start on the U.K. version of The X-Factor in 2010.

 

The group is made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson and they finished in third place in the seventh series of the popular TV show.Following The X-Factor, the group signed a £2-million ($3.15 million) record contract with Syco Music.And since their rise to stardom, they have had more than 54.6 million views on YouTube of their first hit What Makes You Beautiful.

 

On Feb 9, the pop group posted a contest on their website called "Canada Loves 1D" - Challenge #6, which requested fans to send in videos about why One Direction should visit their city.Ria immediately got to work.Her video submission began with an introduction about why the band should come to Canada, followed by her version of one of the band's songs.She knows that one of the members of the band loves chicken so she held up a pan and said: "I made you all some chicken. You know how much weight I'm going to gain if I eat this by myself? Will you guys eat my chicken with me? It's honey garlic."But truth be told, it was actually onions covered with tin foil.

 

Now she wants to make the band the real deal.On Feb. 16 she was shocked to see her video posted on One Direction's website."I was yelling, 'Dad, Dad, that's my face!'" she said.Her cover of the band's song, Moments, was chosen as one of only seven favourite video covers from across Canada.

 

"Her dream is to sing with them," said older sister Denise."Then I can give them some chicken, I'll have to make the real stuff this time," Ria laughed.Ria is no stranger to performing. "Ria first performed at the Canadian Composers Gala in 2004 when she was seven years old. She performed the jazz piano piece, Who's There, and has passed her Royal Conservatory Music exams with honours.The Diy family moved here from the Philippines 10 years ago.Dad Rafael said he is "speechless" about Ria's growing success."I just want the best for my kids, it's why we came here, we will always make sacrifices for our girls," Diy said.To view Ria's YouTube entry, visit One Direction's website:

http: //www. onedirectionmusic.com/ ca/news/entry/canada_ loves_1d__challenge_6__results/

 

smclaren@mrtimes.com-

 

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