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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 23-24 - Group 2

Who will join Joshua Seller and Brandy Callahan? Let's find out.

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I've noticed, in recapping this show, that Jake Gold can't banter with Ben to save his life. But that's neither here nor there. Ben calls Sass "Her Sexellency". Oh dear.

Last week, everyone was a bundle of nerves, so Ben leads some deep breathing.

Next week, we'll be having Pilates class with Daisy Fuentes.

Leading off is Anna Cyzon, a criminology student at University of Toronto. She was very nervous to get her gold ticket. And she is into fashion as well. Her selection was "Son of a Preacher Man". She plays it soft when she shouldn't. This is a song that you really need to belt out.

Jake: Good song for you, not that exciting for me.
Farley: Could have been more dimensional.

Anna says her parents are super positive about the experience.

Mohanza Kelly, a high school student from Toronto has his biggest fan in his teacher who egged him on to go to the competition, and look where he is now! He loved the idea of working together during the top 100. He
sings a soulful song which I don't recognize and does an okay job.

Sass: I don't think you were in total control at places.
Zack: I wish you'd sing a little better.

Mohanza says he's named after an African king.

Third on the stage is Liz Titan, a high school student from Montreal. At the celebrity gold ticket interview, she knocked their socks off. Her choice is "I Have Nothing". Her voice is belting it out, but the enunciation is off slightly.

Jake: You're living up to our expectations.
Sass: You've got the raw goods.

Liz says hello to her mom and her friend when she is given the chance.

Batting clean up is Marc Levesque from Regina. He can't believe he's still here, being that he missed some words during the round of 48. He loves playing the piano. His song is "At This Moment". It's quite nice.

Zack: It's like a no-name brand. You don't stand for anything.
Farley: Good job.

It turns out that Marc was also a competitor in "Regina Idol".

Starting off the second half. Kaleb Simmonds is a musician from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He felt working with the vocal coach (Byrd) was just super. He belts out "Water Runs Dry" quite well. But it needs to be
more original.

Jake: Awesome!
Zack: (salutes him)

Ben wants Kaleb to sing every day because it shut Zack up.

Filomena Pasqua is studying at Carleton University in Ottawa. During the gold ticket run, Zack interrupted her, said he loved her, and left. She finds the whole process overwhelming. She gives us some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It's nice, but like others, she doesn't belt it out.

Farley: I didn't get the "wow" feeling.
Sass: It was subdued.

She finds the singing is often quite tough.

Second-last to go is Elana Juatco from Vancouver, but she studies at Queens University in Kingston. She wowed the judges to win her gold ticket by her unique style. She feels performing is all in the shoes.  She's leavin' on a "Midnight Train to Georgia". She really gets into it, dancing around and everything. Bit much at times though.

Jake: By far the best in the two weeks so far.
Sass: That was wicked!

Elana has Alanis as her Canadian Idol.

Finally we have slightly shy Kalan Porter who is from Medicine Hat, Alberta. A violin is his instrument of choice. He sings "Lady" and it comes out very silky smooth.

Farley: You're going to win this competition.
Zack: I think you just bumped someone into the Wild Card.

Kalan finds that talking to the judges is much harder than singing.

RESULTS

1.3 million votes were cast. Who made the top 3?

This week, Jon Dore's bit involves bad miming and the dragon boat races. The idols sing O Canada and don't let Jon go to the clothing optional beach. But they get some good exercise paddling.

Y'know, sure the sketches are cheesy but they are purely Canadian.

Here's how the votes went:

Philomena: NO
Anna: NO
Mohanza: NO
Kalan: Top 3
Kaleb: Top 3
Elana: Top 3
Liz: NO
Marc: NO

And moving on are... Kalan Porter and Kaleb Simmonds.

Next time! Group 3. What a shocker.

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