June 16-17 - Group 1
Last night I had a strange
dream. I had made it into the top 32. But for some
reason I was running around about an hour before the
show as I hadn't picked a song yet. And then I thought I
might be disqualified
because I was too old.
I really have to drop my chocolate addiction.
But that's irrelevant. Or is it?
Everyone sings one song, and of the eight two will
advance to the Top 10 directly, the others have a chance
a wild card week.
Tonight's first competitor in the first group of eight
is Annabelle Lumayag from Port Coquitlam, BC, who
works with people with special needs. She also points
out that now CI has called in the services of "Byrd"
(C-Note: t'would be Debra Byrd) who works as a vocal
coach on American Idol. Annabelle sings "How Am I
Supposed to Live Without You". She has a very booming
voice, and is able to belt out on cue.
As with last year, I'll share (randomly) 2 of the 4
Jake: You sang it well technically, but you
didn't do it for me.
Farley: Reasonably well done.
Annabelle is happy she's done!
Kyla Sandulak from Edmonton is next, and she
describes herself as a "small town girl from
Saskatchewan" (her original home province). She sings
what appears to be a Norah Jones tune. Very 'whispery',
I find. And a
bit out of range too.
Sass: Nice rich tones, a bit ambitious.
Zack: It was a quality performance.
She states that it's quite hard to impress the judges.
Number three is Joshua Seller from Brigden,
Ontario. He was initially thrilled at his celebrity
judge audition as they praised him DURING the song. He
has chosen "Somewhere Out There". He sings it quite
well, and has a good range.
Sass: It takes a real man to wear a pink shirt!
Jake: Singing is all about communicating, and you
were speaking a different language to me.
Josh's mom is behind him 100% he tells us.
Number four is Jessica Mitchell from London,
Ontario, and she's a musician by trade. She is told to
"bring it". Like Kyla, she also chooses a jazzy tune.
It's not that bad.
Zack: You were the first person to show some
Farley: You chose a good song.
Jessica is very inspired by Alicia Keys.
Number five is Raj Ramawad (no bio shown). He
sings a very soulful tune, quite enjoyable, but it
doesn't seem very original.
Jake: Near the end you got great.
Zack: You're the class of the field.
His song choice was due to his personality, we're told.
Number six is Annie Lefebvre from Buckingham,
Quebec, and she's a hairdresser. She's normally shy, but
not in front of a crowd. Her selection is "Impossible
Dream". Starts slow, picks up, but not to the best of
her ability I'm afraid.
Farley: I think
you were really nervous.
Sass: I don't think that was your best
Annie tells us that the hometown people are very proud.
Our penultimate singer is Andrae Ennis from
Scarborough, Ontario. Last year he made top 48, and this
year he made it one further. He's a snappy
dresser too! His choice is "Here and Now" and he does a
good job with it, but it's very quiet.
Jake: Seemed like it wasn't there for you
Sass: Tonight you look better than you sound.
He says that the process was everything he thought it
Last up is Brandy Callahan from Halifax. She's a
hair designer. On her first day in the top 155, she blew
the crowd away. Her pick is "Greatest Love of All". She
does a so-so job I think.
Zack: It just didn't work for me.
Farley: Is there a ninth competitor tonight?
So now. The Results!
But before that we see that Jon Dore took the group to
see Spider Man 2 (which is almost as bad as the L'Oreal
sponsored fashion segments, but not quite). Really
cheesy acting on the part of Joshua Sellers, among
In any case, let's get it on! Who will be in tonight's
Brandy: Top 3
Jessica: Top 3
Josh: Top 3
The first one moving into the top 10 is... Joshua
Seller. He reprises "Somewhere Out There".
Joining him will be. Brandy Callahan.
NEXT TIME: Group 2 (as if you couldn't see that coming)