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The world's ultimate talent search comes to Canada, as the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country. And with a lucrative recording contract on the line for one lucky Canadian poised to become the next Idol, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Ryan Vickers, GSNN


FACT FILE:
Host: Ben Mulroney
Judges: Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Zack Werner
Creator: Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP: Barbara Browlby, John Brunton
Packager: Canadian Television, FremantleMedia North America, Insight Production Company
Airs: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:00pm ET on CTV


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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 judges' comments.

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 originality.
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 performance.

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 tonight.
Sass: Tonight you look better than you sound.

He says that the process was everything he thought it would be.

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
others.

In any case, let's get it on! Who will be in tonight's top 3?

Andre: NO
Annie: NO
Brandy: Top 3
Raj: NO
Jessica: Top 3
Annabelle: NO
Kyla: NO
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)

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