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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

Host: Ben Mulroney
Judges: Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Zack Werner
Creator: Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP: Barb Browlby, John Brunton
Packager: Canadian Television, FremantleMedia North America, Insight Production Company, 19 Entertainment
Airs: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:00pm ET on CTV

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Auditions: The East - June 1

We start out where I'll start my vacation in about a month's time from now.


Yes b'ye! We're gonna have some fun in the most easterly city on da continent! And home of my failed tryout from last year!

Rex Goudie of Burlington starts the audition parade well, with a gold ticket. Tim Churchill of Portugal Cove (hello, Nancy!) does a traditional jig, just like Earl Noble. Once Christa Hedderson of Georgetown starts, Zack is getting really tired of the songs, and it gets him and Jake arguing.

Heather Thorne is shown in a kitchen party with all of her family. She does sing a nice tune, but doesn't go on. Danny Coombs does a disturbing version of Lady Marmalade that cracks Sass up. Rob Arnott of Conception Bay South (hello, Ocean Quest!). sings word up but it's word down. Len Wheeler is asked if he tans - and he does (Faking Bake). He starts, then stops, because the judges are laughing. Steve Flynn confesses that he's skipped class to be at the tryouts and volunteers at a local radio station (most likely CHMR, my old stomping grounds - hello!). His singing voice, is, well, "unique". But he says his biggest dream IS TO HOST A GAME SHOW!

He is, officially, MY NEW HERO.

Dana Parsons of Paradise (yes, it's called Paradise). Her voice is definitely from there, as she's going to Toronto. Jon Dore even takes it upon himself to go to the hospital and deliver the great news to her mom.

We aren't told how many are going on, but I know they'll be good!


Charlottetown is an advance city. But it doesn't always mean an advancement in singers.

Thomas Price of Victoria isn't really right. Amelie butchers "Angel". Chris Carson of Summerside tried to "Stand by Me". Nope. Kimberly Cudmore asks "How do I live". I say: not a singer! Meaghan Wilkie hits the high notes and they're not pleasant. Stephanie Vankampen is just bad. And then there's William Matheson of Bedford NS - the producer sings along. and that's it.

Apparently there actually were some good singers - 10 of them - it's just that we didn't see 'em!


... is the other eastern advance city. and we start with a chorus of underground miners (as is the tradition). And then we segue to the fact that Sydney has a lot of youngins that are auditioning.

And we mat Kat Ouzounian of Halifax who probably gets the most time of anyone before they actually sing. Among her highlights: a Sharon, Lois and Bram special. Her voice isn't that bad either. Dayna Hackett of Lower Sackville tries RESPECT. Nicole Coombs loves rock and roll. Trina Williams tries some Pat Benatar. Lindsay Lathman tries Christina Aguilera but sounds somewhat jumpy. Yolande Evong should just "Walk On By".

10 lucky Cape Bretoners - including Kat Ouzounian, and a guy from my residence at university! - advanced across the Confederation Bridge to our next city.


There are two distinct styles of singing here in Moncton: English and Acadian. Let's start.

Amy Fraser of Cape Breton NS tries "Proud Mary". Rejean Leblanc from - wait for it - Kouchibouguac (that's coup-ji-boo-kwak if you're keeping score) belts out (and I do mean that) "Fallin". Joceyln Henri tries to make the judges feel like "Natural Woman". Sass compares her to lime jello. Isabelle Ouelette of Campbelltown tries to "At Last" get the title of CI. She probably won't. Or maybe she will. Zack and Sass say yes, Jake says no. But she gets it anyway.

We then get to meet Dianelys Hernandez from Saint John (NB) (yes, we have "Saint John and St. John's", deal with it!). We first find out that she's originally from Havana, and that she defected in 2000. She finds the people are normal, easy going. She sings some kind of jazz tune, everyone says she's ridiculously talented, and we go on from there with her gold ticket!

Philip Belanger tries "Mack the Knife" and gets cut. Crystal Friars from Sussex looks like Ariel from the little mermaid. Brad Leblanc is 16 and is from Riverview. He owns five businesses. He's a motivational speaker. He rattles off the business like he's Sally Struthers. And then launches into "A whole new world". A bit off key though. He's crying afterwards, he's really disappointed.

Next is Casey Leblanc from Nackawic. She sings a ballad. And gets a gold ticket. Laura Conrad from Dartmouth NS tries to be "Some Kind of Wonderful". We go into a series of judges disagreements. And back to Laura. They're fighting. But they let her go anyway. Then we get to Mark MacRae from Fredericton who sings a big band song. And somehow gets a ticket!

Michelle Bahrynowski from Sydney (although billed as St. Paul AB on the screen) belts out a wonderful blues tune. Sass gives her a hug. And a ticket!

15 gold tickets move on!

Et, mais oui, c'est le temps pour.


We start with a huge conga line, given by Jon Dore.

Jenner Hughes of Ottawa looks like Elvis. Disturbingly like Elvis. And he makes it through. It's called "Gothabilly" I'm told.

Herold Constant is untillegible. It might be Georgian on my mind. Nadia Mayer is looking for Respect, coming from Rockland ON. But no. Rony Boeglin just butchers "A Whole New World" and according to Ben, resembles Grover. Jade Séguin-Richard seems to be flirting with the judges singing something from "Chicago". But apparently it works? She gets a ticket.

Katryne Leblanc is from St-Constant and hopes to channel Pat Benatar. But then she is asked to sing her opera tune (which is very impressive!). She may not be on Star Academie but she's moving onto Toronto!

After the break, we see Ben Mulroney going back to the gym where he first learned to work the trapeze. then he goes back to CFCF 12 in Montreal where he did his first internship. And then where he became a man. Jon states that now he's officially uncool.

Suzy Krcivoj is dressed in a cheerleader's outfit and sings an original ode to CI. Andrée-Anne from St-Jean-sur-Richeleu tries for Hot Stuff but comes out cold. Karyne Lecault from Laval is just shocking. And Tim Rabnett from Toronto JUST SHOUTS THE WHOLE TIME. Zack begs him to stop, and then he and Jake escort him out. Seriously!

It turns out that Tim's buddy is the guy that plays Mr. Gross from CBC kids' cooking game show "Surprise, it's incredible edible!" (which is a cross between Just Like Mom, Double Dare and Ready Steady Cook if you can believe that). Me thinks that they weren't in it to win it.

Melissa Brown is profiled and says that she's motivated. She goes for "Wind beneath my wings". Sass says she's amazing. And she gets a gold ticket. Emily Vinette of Ottawa sings something wonderful, presumably from a musical. She's very impressive. And she's moving on.

An even two dozen move on!

In the final segment, we have a nice collage of songs that are not English or French. Especially nice was Eden (originally from Sudan) - this was the first time he was able to sing any song he wanted, and it didn't have to be pro-government.

Folks, that's why I like Canadian Idol. It's not a hateful show at all!

And now. in the next episode. central Canada!


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