Auditions: The West -
well well! Welcome to season three of Canadas only
ongoing reality show, Canadian Idol! And this year,
were getting even bigger THIRTEEN CITIES! Yes
folks, well travel to *takes breath*
Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon,
Sudbury, London, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, Sydney,
Charlottetown and St. Johns
*takes another breath*
And well start, as promised, in the west.
But first, a flashback. Youll remember that last
year, Kalan Porter won and has the best ever selling
single by a Canadian solo artist.
And weve got our four judges back for the ride:
Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, and Zack Werner.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Please note that if a hometown is not given, it means
that the singer is from that city; if a province is
not given, it means that they are from that province
(which is usually the case anyway)
Our first singer is Becky Campbell of Delta who
promptly forgets the lyrics of Any Man of Mine.
Julia Lockley brings along a singing puppet to help
her. Brayden LeClair of Victoria sings something of a
swing song. He breaks it down, and breaks out with a
golden ticket (after Zack asks if his screws are
Chelsea Johnson (originally of Sydney, NS) is back for
more for the THIRD TIME. In season one she
auditioned singing At Last. In season two she sang
If I Aint Got You. Will the third time be the
charm? She belts out a passionate, but mellow song
and persistence pays off! Zack cant understand why
they passed her up the first two times! She gets her
ticket and bawls.
Angela Heinze of Shuswap Lake just screws up halfway
through. Camille Musseau really gets into it, but for
the wrong way. Jake thought she was hyperventilating.
Robyn VanLuven of Langley sings high pitched, just
like an angel
singing Star Trek! Brandi Slinn of
Abbotsford isnt so innocent when she sings a Britney
And then theres a parade of rejects
and we find out
this year theres a confessional cam for rejects! Oh
Suzi Rawn is from Kamloops and sings in a band called
King Size Suzy. Her bandmates initially dont
support her, but they do turn around. And her singing
is great too singing Let it Rain and the judges
agree that they need a female rocker in the
competition. I like her style, and so do the judges,
shes going to Toronto.
All told, 17 advance from Vancouver.
Its off to Cowtown.
Bree Carson sings a sweet country song. She admits
shes kooky. She belts out three different tunes, and
theres that persistence again, shes got a ticket!
Lousia OKeane is from Canmore and butchers a musical
tune. Brandon Kowalczyk of Edmonton tries Rocket Man
but burns out his fuse alone. Richard Morrison is a
cowpoke, but hes the last one. Nicole St. Amant goes
for the louder is better theory, but its not. Jenn
Beaupré of Drumheller sings I Can See Clearly Now
and gets her ticket. Jake says she sings better than
Alanis. Raven Spier has influences like Iron Maiden
and Led Zeppelin. She sings a personal favorite of
mine, The Mummers Dance by Loreena McKennit (a
Canadian folk singer). She wins over everyone except
Zack, but three out of four is good enough!
Sean Child of Okotoks sings "Karma Chameleon" and is
out of there. Mike Pathos is a rock journalist, but he
sure isnt a rock singer, butchering Brian Wilson.
Amanda Marles drove seven hours from Swan Hills. Shes
horribly nervous, her knees shake. But she cracks a
joke and launches into Its my party. But she
doesnt have to cry, shes moving on
but she cries
anyway for joy.
Calgary produced 24 gold tickets and a lot of
Darren Kalaman of Regina starts off the prairie
province with a big Guten Tag. He launches into Doe
Re Mi. Anthony Yuzwa has no talent and no discernable
lyrics. Amanda Penner of Hague apparently hits puberty
during her song. Nicola Hutton of Edmonton, AB sings
in fast forward. Meredith Shareski of Moose Jaw sings
Stormy Weather and goes bonkers when she hears that
shes moving on.
We also see the that the Production Assistants are
part of the Magic City Chorus
and Jon Dore joins
into the fun. Disturbing, truly seeing him in a wig,
lipstick and sequins. *shudders*
I feel pretty turns into a primping workshop.
Rochelle Bondarenko pegs Zack as egocentric (when
prompted by Farley) but then does a wonderful
rendition of I hope you dance. 14 move on.
while Ben is tanning
Jon gets a call on a
payphone and it told to go to
WHITEHORSE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Whitehorse along with Charlottetown and Sydney are
advance cities. What this means is that singers go
through round one (a single producer) and round two
(an executive producer) and then will advance onto a
round three audition (celebrity judges) in another
We start with Cort Carpenter and hell have to sing
"Jessies Girl" somewhere else. Laurel Mercer isnt
good enough. Jessica Fullmer doesnt even turn around!
Florence Kushhiruk of Haines Junction gives up halfway
through and finds the lights too hot! Jinny-Linn
Butterworth looks at her lyrics and then doesnt go
All in all, three contestants are moving onto Winnipeg
for the celebrity judging.
We start with a collage of Taking Care of Business
on the guitar and segue to Matt Cairns singing Ill
be with such vim and vigour that cant be refused!
Hes moving on, because of his personality. Scotty
Morash sings Stevie Wonder but not that well. Raymond
Smith may be the quietest person yet. Pascal Boivert
has the same problem. But not when he sings Billy
Robert Perrier of Thunder Bay ON starts singing You
raise me up and his grandma is waiting outside. Jon
lets her listen to the feed from the audition but she
doesnt want to because shes going to cry. And she
does, because he makes it!
Opal Arndt tries an Evanescence song but doesnt go
ahead. Holly Ahnold tries to go Downtown. Spencer
Hari of Thunder Bay goes on a date with Deliliah but
his actions may be too much. Apparently not, because
hes going to Toronto. Paul Figsby sings Maria and
18 go through to Toronto
and thats the west! Next
up, the east