Love to Interrupt
The DiGeorge Files
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
Judges: Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Zack
Creator: Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP: Barbara Browlby, John Brunton
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America, Insight Production Company
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July 21-22 - Round of
10: "Canadian Hits"
We started out with a bunch. A few went to Toronto, gold
tickets in hand. 32 advanced to the first round of
televised voting. 10 survived. And to quote Jim Lange:
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE THEY ARE!
We're now all live, all the time from the John Bassett
Theatre in Toronto. And ooh, we have a new set. Well, at
least a new shape for the video wall.
Let's recap who we have, eh?
Josh Sellers, Brigden ON
Brandy Callahan, Halifax NS
Kalan Porter, Medicine Hat AB
Kaleb Simmonds, Dartmouth NS
Teresa Sokyrka, Saskatoon SK
Jacob Hoggard, Abbottsford BC
Shane Wiebe, see above
Manoah Hartmann, Regina SK
Jason Greeley, Upper Island Cove NL
Elana Juatco, Vancouver BC
Tonight's theme - like the first one last year - is
Bryan Byrne of I Mother Earth is in the audience for the
show. Doesn't seem like his type of program though.
Josh is first up. It turns out that he works at the
Future Shop and Montana's Cookhouse Saloon. Busy guy.
He's the guest of honour in a parade in the small 560
resident town where he lives. He was overwhelmed. His
pick is "Try" by Blue Rodeo.
(RV gets on soapbox)
Do we have to do songs from last year? -coughryanmalcolmcough-
He seems to be enjoying himself, and so does the crowd,
but I don't know, not the voice for me.
Jake: I wish you would have tried something
Farley: I disagree - you sang like a champ.
Josh comments to Ben that he didn't know Ryan sang it
last year. Good to know that you actually WATCHED the
show last year, mate.
Number two is Brandy Callahan, a hairdresser from
Halifax who has now moved her roots (HA!) to Toronto. We
see her singing at her old church, visiting her old
junior high, and at a welcome back party. Her choice is
Deborah Cox's "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here". She does a
decent job but it doesn't go over that well.
Sass: I always have the feeling that I'm only
getting half your gift.
Zack: The background vocals carried that song.
Brandy's inspiration comes from the Lord.
Next it's over to the other side of the country to visit
with Shane Wiebe. First we see him flying a plane (he
has his private pilot's license). Then we see him go-karting.
Then we meet his wife (the guy's only 21!). His choice
is Glass Tiger's "My Song". It's not half bad. He seems
to be off a bit though.
Sass: I'd like to see your humour - you're too
Jake: I have nothing to say.
Shane, for his part, doesn't say much in the Benchat (TM
Ryan Vickers, 2004) either.
Batting cleanup is Manoah Hartmann. She's greeted at her
school with cries of "Manoah!" - that can't be good for
her professionalism, me thinks. Her kids vouch for her.
Her song choice is "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. I'm
sorry, but Leonard Cohen? I know he's Canadian but
that's better left to Jenny Gear (from last year).
Zack: If somebody doesn't come out soon, I'm
going to change the channel.
Farley: I think you picked a good song.
Manoah felt that the words were good for her.
Fifth on the stage is Jason Greeley, the local boy from
my part of the world made good. Why was I not told about
his arrival at the airport? The concert on George
Street?? The rally in Upper Island Cove??? His song
choice is Bryan Adams' "Cuts Like a Knife". He makes
good eye contact, good song choice, good voice.
Of course, I could be biased.
Farley: You shine like a star.
Sass: That was the best performance of the night.
Jason tells Benbot (also TM Ryan Vickers, 2004) he HAD
to conquer Bryan Adams (he sang "Heaven" previously and
it didn't advance him).
Back from the break, it turns out that (theoretically)
Jon is writing updates on idol.ctv.ca. Well, not really.
Sixth to go is Kalan Porter, the youg'n from Medicine
Hat. Turns out that he's in a string quartet, a family
band and lives on a buffalo farm. I am Kalanadian is his
fan club. He sings "Born to Be Wild". He does a decent
job, but he doesn't strike me as "wild".
Zack: If it was up to me, we'd go get rich and
Jake: You're the real deal.
Kalan tells Benbot that the most wild thing he's done
was apply to be on this show.
Lucky seven is the gorgeous Teresa Sokyrka. She loves
Saskatoon, where's she could remember it. She takes
pride in her Ukranian heritage. Her song choice is Jann
Arden's "Good Mother". Good choice this is as "pop" as
she should get.
Jake: That may have been the best thing I've ever
seen on this show.
Farley: You really are a special artist.
Teresa states to Benbot that you have to focus because
you never know when it'll be over. She blushes as well
when Benbot calls her a hottie.
(Barney Gumble) NUMBER EIGHT (/Barney Gumble) (C-Note:
*Belch*) is Kaleb Simmonds returns to his church to sing
and then takes in a big bash with friends and family.
Growing up he got in trouble when he sang in class! He
sings "Everything I Do I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams.
It's definitely different, but it does nothing for me.
Sass: You ripped it!
Zack: That was flat out cool.
Kaleb picked that song because he loves it.
Second last to go is Elana Juatco. She's greeted at the
airport by some groupies. We meet everyone from the
family. She gets to go to Playland (not the McDonald's
version). She sings Alanis Morissette's "Mary Jane".
Nice to see someone to NOT pick a traditional single.
Sass: You found the Star Search moments and you
Jake: You pulled it off.
Elana reveals that Miss Morissette is her hero.
Oh dear - the straitjacket wasn't tight enough - here
comes Jacob Hoggart. He's escaped! His parents reveal
that he's "Crazy Jacob". His biggest supporter is his
girlfriend. He sings Paul Anka's "Put Your Head on My
Shoulder". Uncharacteristically not his type, but he's
done a good job with it.
Zack: You're clearly a schizophrenic. I loved it!
Benbot states I'm going to get you 100,000 more votes.
Stand up. Turn around. Jacob then says "Oops! I dropped
a quarter!" (and bends over).
The idols start out with a medley that includes You Make
Me So Very Happy, no wait, it's just that one.
Manoah: Bottom 3
Brandy: Bottom 3
Josh: Bottom 3
And the final tally is in. Josh and Manoah are safe,
NEXT TIME: British Invasion.
June 1-3 - Auditions
June 9-10 - The Toronto Round
June 16-17 - Group 1
June 23-24 - Group 2
June 30-July 1 - Group 3
July 7-8 - Group 4
July 14-15 - Wild Card