June 1-3 - A Week on the
Idol - Auditions 1 (Toronto, Ottawa)
We're BACK! It's Canadian Idol, version 2.0. Who will
become the next Ryan Malcolm?
This year, we've got more cities. We'll hit eight
provinces and visit nine cities - specifically St.
John's, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg,
Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver. We get around!
We start with a taste of things to come with our four
judges: Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan and Zack
Werner. They're all back for the second go around. Some
Zack: Last year it was all undiscovered country.
We had wonderful experiences.
Farley: It was all about the emotion.
Jake: It's a long hard road. The only people I'm
picking [this year] are the ones that I think that can
make it to the top 32.
Sass: This year I'm less forgiving. I can tell it
within four bars.
Last year's winner came from here. Can they do it again?
Jon Dore (our answer to Dunkelman, except our guy's
still on the show) starts revving up the troops.
Note: if no hometown is given, they are from the
Anastasia Filippova is first up and she covers "I Don't
Want to Miss a Thing". And she misses something. Matthew
Price croons "I Turn to You". Nope. Rick Jordan covers
last year's winner's single and badly.
Speaking of which, here he is live in Ottawa, Ryan
Malcolm. He gives a pep talk which hopefully will help.
And signs a lot of autographs. He even gets to mingle
with Jon. What luck.
Kim Savage from across the provincial line in St.
Albert, Quebec sings a Celine Dion tune. Farley and Sass
are yes. Zack is no, but it doesn't matter as she gets
the gold ticket.
Melanie Lenneau who is from Cornwall (my old stomping
grounds) attempts to serenade Jake but to no avail.
Jackie Hanna then butchers "Crazy" while in a cardboard
car. Zack asks if it goes in reverse. Nathalie Joviet of
Elliott Lake and Lee Willis then do an interesting job
of "A Whole New World".
We take a break to see Ben Mulroney (the host) and Jon
frolicking during Winterlude - Ottawa's annual
celebration of the white stuff.
Back in the judges' quarters, Eric Bollman takes on
"Sweet Caroline" with a peach midriff. Hmm. Jay Parry of
Peterborough and Joel Beauchemin also see no gold as
they weren't in range. Anna Russell is also a no go.
However, Serge Cayanong of Brossard, Quebec is soulful
enough to get the gold. His lucky charm gets to go too.
After the break Jon is wearing a unitard. Best to get
back to the singers then.
Katie Bernard of Russell is asking for R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
But she gets N-O-N-E. Jessica Carey tries to grasp "The
Power of Love" but fails. Nathan Harrop of Cornwall
can't rap successfully through "Buttercup". Julia Nguyen
is cut off. Krista Allen actually looks like Chantal
Kreviazuk but Jake says she's not singing from the
heart. Krista cusses when interviewed afterwards.
Annmary Legault of Gatineau, Quebec only sings for fun.
And she works in construction to boot. I'm not sure what
she sings but she's good to go to T.O.!
Daniel Oickle channels Alanis in a way you never want to
know. Steve Standoz tries Gordon Lightfoot. Thomas Cho
is another loser in the "Whole New World" sweepstakes.
Andrea Gal however has a really unique style which the
judges love. And so do I. Thus she advances.
All in all 22 move on.
There's just a few thousand waiting and camping out at
Skydome. And World Idol Kurt Nilsen says to "sing like
hell". And a beautiful Big Brother-esque moment is
delivered by Jon.
First up is Oakville's Allison MacAuely who cheerleads
though "Let's Here it For the Boy". Steve Foster of
Barrie sings "Bohemian Rhapsody" and on the line "just
gotta get right out of here" is asked to do that. Atm
Muttakin may however be one of the most "eclectic"
singers that they've ever had. He doesn't do that well
on "Rhinestone Cowboy". Daniel Dupuis who is in town
from Montreal foists his "Sexual Healing" on the judges
and it works. He moves on.
Kendra Knoflook from Ancaster gets told she should stop.
Roxane Delongo goes for the sexual look but it doesn't
work. Sarina Mazzochi of Oshawa tries to get over the
rainbow but it's not happening. Diane Archer redeems the
show and gets through. But she needs to sing with more
"vim and vigour" according to the judges.
After the break, Adriano Lawson-Bailey of Markham tries
a Celine song but doesn't advance. A bit off. However
Farley and Zack fight about how bad he is and Adriano
says Zack's pants are too tight. Mike Ewart of Stratford
attemps "Rockin Robin". Sass smiles and passes. Misty
Tassone of Newmarket (hello, my new job!) sings "The
First Cut is the Deepest" but in
retrospect it's Zack's that really hurts. She tries to
defend herself, appealing to Sass, but nothing doing.
Now we have Amy Baillargeon of London who has spunk to
spread. She sings "Part of your world" from Little
Mermaid and does it spot on. She seems satisfied.
They're putting her through the ringer. The facial
reactions from all involved are priceless. But she does
Then it's time for dancing. And people are enjoying
We meet Mohanza Kelly who has been brought here by his
teacher. She is supportive of him - and why not? Jake is
impressed because he can sell a song. Gold ticket.
Jon buddies up to Josh Seller from Bridgen, who has been
sleeping in his car for five days. Yikes! But he
believes in himself. He belts out a great song, they all
agree he's one of the best they've seen so far.
Mark Feldman of Thornhill, Corey Loney of Sudbury and
Beth Biederman are all on the bus home. So is Marvin
Poon (whose suit might be on too tight!)
There is currently a party in Andre Richard's mouth.
well , you know the rest. He's his own rap soundtrack.
We get to see Brock Groombridge's farm in Schomberg.
He's living the simple life, and the chickens don't
complain when he sings. But what about the judges? Jake
says he won't last the next round. The other three
disagree and he gets his ticket.
So that means 34 are moving on.
EPISODE TWO - THE EAST
(Halifax, St. John's, Montreal)
Night two of auditions see us hitting the east.
We start in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where just days before
the tryout they have the worst storm in recent history -
95 cm of snow! But hundreds still show up at the Metro
Centre to press their luck. Jon even convinces the mayor
We start with Sandra Pitts of Cole Harbor who doesn't
become "Proud Mary". I won't remember the singing of
Mark Gordon of Fall River but I sure can't miss his
shirt. Shannon Kelly dances her way to applause but no
ticket. Julie Swinemar of Bedford is a bit too much of a
Ashley Kincade came all the way from St. George, NB but
her cold doesn't help. Zack says she should come back in
a couple of years. Donovan Westhauer joins the "Whole
New World" breakfast club.
It seems like the whole city might be a wash. BUT! Here
is Janelle Keddy of Bedford. She states she'll be
singing "At last" and when the judges groan she
sarcastically tells them how supportive that is! But she
proves herself and advances.
Willy White and his parents have traveled from Truro and
he's singing "Smoky Mountain". They give support all the
way through, especially because he was confident. He
goes to Toronto.
The second batch of the auditions starts with Jonathan
Burrows where he can't feel the love tonight. Andre
Cormier of Capelle, NB gets halfway through before I can
figure out the song. Jacy Golden of Backbay, NB is
another Aladdin title tune victim. Allison Francis of
Great Village channels Christina but it's a bit too
This leads well into a parade of rejects to the tune of
"Farewell to Nova Scotia".
Kaleb Simmonds of Dartmouth however stands above and
beyond. He really belts it out. Everyone is definitely
All in all, 14 move on.
Now you may or may not know that this is where I'm
currently living. And I'm 26, so that's the age limit to
So I did. And I didn't go on. But that's life, isn't it?
Hey, I got to keep my number and my wristband. Plus the
line up was short at this venue - I arrived at 6 am and
was out by 12 noon. (C-Note: Read the latest Extra for
all the gory bits)
Oh, and by the way, I think Jon was making fun of my old
university - MT. A. - by having a t-shirt saying "MT.
ME". What a riot.
Anyway! It turns out that the ferry bringing the stuff
over got stuck in the ice (this is a regular occurrence)
but they improvised by using last year's
Tracy Edwards of Paradise strikes the "Vogue" but
strikes out. Sean Dooling also goes down for the count.
Gina-Rae Hoyles from Brookefield is someone who is a
"Big Spender" but is told to go back in the wayback
machine and take lessons. Eddie Penney gambles on
"Gambler" but doesn't win the pot.
Melanie Benson of St. John's is told that the more she
sings the quicker she should stop by Zack. But he
doesn't reflect the panel as a whole. She goes on by
saying that she wants to "entertain the pants off the
country to the point where they aren't wearing any
pants!" With that she goes on.
We then get a flashback from last year of Jon going on a
date with a codfish. Oh dear.
Back from the break, Josh Blackwood of St. John's is a
bit demented as dictated by Zack. He launches into
"Stacey's Mom" and security is called.
This year a bus went across the island to pick up
possible Canadian Idols. Jenny Gear, a finalist from
last year, also came along. Well, at least from nearby
One singer we meet is Kirk Baker from Little Bay East.
He makes friends with Adam in line (who has already got
a gold ticket) and now it's his turn. He sings one sing
and then launched in to "Patty Murphy". The panel
finds it entertaining. Sass loves him. And he's good to
Daniel Aziz raps and breakdances and doesn't move on.
But Jason Greeley from Upper Island cove - with a cold
and all - belts out Elton John. And after getting a gold
ticket, he serenades Sass with her own song.
I'm happy to say that 11 people who gambled and got up
early one cold February 29th will move on.
I'm also kinda sad that
it wasn't me. However.
Shelly Caro of Chateguay is too obsessed with the
camera. All Valerie Dalesio does is aerobics (and back
to Deux-Montagnes she goes). The judges giggle through
Leela Baum's piece. Karine Vachon belts it out. Anne
Metellus can carry a tune. Not enough though!
Liz Titan is originally from Zaire but now lives in this
fine city. She sings "Natural Woman" and instantly she
Chaya Dewan sings her heart out and gets a gold. But
she's not celebrating yet. She's hoping that her friend
in line Karina Morin will do the same. She sings
"Falling". And she's good to go. It's hugs all around!
Shira Katz writes her own song. Survey says! No. Benoit
Vaillancourt of Laval is a bit too much, well, yeah, a
bit too much.
Chad Miller sings Britney in the most bizarre way you
can think of. Katherine Baker of Pointe-Claire chooses
interpretive dance. Jonathan Chartrand is told he looks
like a Dr. Seuss character but he can sing.
Jamie Hache isn't winning with Black Velvet. Neither is
Michael Rzeznick of Camrose, Alberta. Jon O'Leary is a
bit off too.
Annie Lefebvre from Buckingham is worried she won't be
able to answer the questions in English but who cares.
The voice is gorgeous.
It looks to be about 20 people moving on. It's not
Now onto the west.
Episode 3 (The West):
Everyone is looking nervous, but everyone is forced to
play the waiting game.
I'm bored! Let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Cheryl Maendel starts with Whitney but is a little too
much - or maybe not! She moves on. Crystal Tkach of
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, doesn't have the "Fever".
Kristen Dohan of Ethelbert tries Celine and is told she
is "amazingly awful". Sofia Bilozor is really happy but
told she would more likely win "Ukrainian Idol" than
anything else. Which segues well into a dancing segment
of the same style.
Stephanie Champagne has a huge fan club. And she doesn't
disappoint, winning the ticket. And they go and find her
Dad who immediately starts bawling.
Barrett Peitsch is a church singer by trade who sings
"Fall on your knees". It's really nice. Farley keeps
asking for the high notes, and Jakes wants to know if he
will choose the show over his upcoming wedding.
Whatever the case, he gets the ticket.
And Jon leads us in "Mom Idol". It's a mixed bag. Joanne
is the big winner. But the really big winners are the 17
that are moving on.
This is the first time to Saskatchewan for CI, how will
Solomon Cyr starts it off well with "Undercover".
Farley's a yes. Sass is a yes. Jake says no, that he's
an imitator. Zack tells him he's going.
Jeff Kreklewich of White City isn't so lucky. He
butchers "Somewhere out there". Aidan Hawryluk asks the
judges to "Get on your feet". It's a no. Scott sings
something about Canada. I think.
Teresa Sokyrka from Saskatoon feels she can wow them
with different styles. She seems to do it, and she gets
the ticket. She gets applause from the panel. Zack
Cecil Armistead (AKA Johnny Rockstar) just creams "Piano
Man". Bonnie Reakes leaves something to be desired in
singing "The Rose". Kirby Armstrong from Dapp, Alberta
tries swimming in "Black Water".
We get to meet Manoah Hartmann who is a local high
school music teacher who is here on a bet. Her school
raised $15,000 for a fundraiser she had to hold up her
end of the bargain. But on the way she was hurt in a car
accident. Not enough to stop her though! She sings a
nice tune. Farley yes, Jake yes, Sass yes, Zack yes -
she goes on! We get to see the whole school
congratulating her. Eight move on in total.
So you heard I went to St. John's, right? On the flight
out to Edmonton someone recognized me from the St.
John's tryouts (he was sitting next to me, go figure)
and when he heard I was going to Edmonton he said I
should go tryout again. I decided against it - as I knew
it was going to be a larger line.
Part of me though wanted to go again! Ah well.
The auditions take place at the world famous West
Edmonton Mall. Who came to play and who is going to
stay? Well, after the Jon Dore panty race, I may not
want to know.
Nick Pugh of Sherwood Park is first up and first out.
Kristy Brown joins her as she breaks too many glasses.
Danielle Heykants of Red Deer tries "Let's stay
together". After initial discussions of how much money
she can bribe Jake with, she gets the ticket. And mocked
about her dancing by Ben.
Lindsay Chief Calf of Lethbridge pierces my ears. And
then there's Sylvie Ndahirwa, who sings nothing like
you've ever heard before. Or hopefully will again.
Kyla Sandulak on the other hand appears to be the
perfect singer. And she is told by Zack that she's the
best he's seen so far. Unsurprisingly, she gets her gold
Kalan Porter of Medicine Hat does "House of the Rising
Sun". He look's like he's 12 but he's sweet and great.
After Sass says "See you in Toronto", Jake adds "yeah,
for the next three months". Have we got an early
Arnelle Wilson doesn't have the voice, along with Jordan
Ford of Sioux Lookout Ontario, Cody Mitchie of Edson and
hometown boy Isaac Bell.
Marilyn Lamouche loves to box and would love to give the
KO punch to the panel. She sings a soulful song. Zack
says yes, and continuing down the line it's a clean
Twenty survived the mall in Edmonton.
Wes Carter of Surrey is giving Fantasia Barrio a run for
her money. For high pitch that is. Although it's just
not going to happen. Connor Falk of Coquitlam sings "I
Fought the Law" at Sass' request. But the law won. Jacob
Hoggard of Abbotsford sings "Forever in Blue Jeans" with
actions and it's a different sound. Everyone fights
amongst themselves but in amongst it
all he gets the ticket.
We then have a nice little retrospective of how Ben and
Jon have been getting along. How typically Canadian.
After the break, eight media members give it a try. Some
are much better than others. Margaret Gallagher of CBC
Radio and Val Cole of TV Week are co-winners and win
donations to their charity of choice.
Robin Newman of Richmond tries "I Wanna Dance with
Somebody" and does a good job in my opinion. She's a
little overdramatic but she gets her ticket.
Kaita and Leala Selina, sisters from Pamberton sing in
stereo but are derailed from the "Chattanooga Choo Choo".
Janine Caspel of Port Coquitlam tries "The Sound of
Music" but it doesn't sound right. Jessica
Cheung results in the judges plugging their ears.
Shane Wiede of
Abbotsford plays in a band with his wife and is the last
audition we're going to see. He sings "Raise me up". He
says he loves a challenge and will get it as is
tradition that we HAVE to end up with a
gold ticket winner!
Fifteen advance, making a final top 100 round total
of... 155, 12 more than last year.
NEXT TIME! Everyone
converges on Toronto! Their luggage, however, is a