Canada - June 2
And now to Central Canada
(aka Ontario) for Sudbury, London and Toronto.
Open the doors, it's time for.
First time to Southwestern Ontario, and they're in
overflow already! One person has brought "Singing for
Dummies". And today's Ben's birthday.
We start with Shannon Pender of Windsor with "Sweet
Home Alabama" and she really belts it out. Angela Mota
of Strathroy is "Dancing in the Streets". Zack busts
her down quickly. Aaron Tessis of Toronto has glasses
to match Jake and he likes him. So does Sass. And
everyone else. He's a ticket winner.
Arthur Wright of Markham has a deep voice and a weird
guy to boot. Mutton chops and all. Charity Connor is
belts out something from Disney, I'm guessing. Excuse
me, I have to go pick up the glass on my floor. She
gets a ticket.
And then there's Aaron Walpole of St. Thomas. He's
like Ruben, what can I say. Hat and all. And the panel
is sold, full ticket.
Paul Preszcator enters with sword in hand. He does
medieval fencing. We then get to see Ben fighting Jon.
Oh dear. This is what you guys South of the border
don't get much anymore. Maybe you should get Dunkleman
Kathryn Waller of Belleville goes for the national
anthem. Natasha John of Kitchener belts out something
or other (I don't understand it frankly). She gets a
split down the middle. So close but so far away. Tyson
Kettler of Strathroy sings some metal. Tanya Howarth
sings, but the judges are making explosion noises! I'm
thinking that's not good. Megan Jennings of Brigden
continues the downward spiral. Lisa Chartrand of
Kitchener gives us nothing to talk about.
Raquel Hoekman from St. John's NL wants to stay
together. Zack likes her and Farley does too, that's
17 advance east down the 401 to Toronto (although
Raquel thinks she's on AI and going to Hollywood.).
We've now bumped up to Sudbury and kids are singing in
a boxcar. Interesting.
Lisa Froment of Timmins loves rock and roll. And she
leaves. Breanne Arrigo of Mississauga doesn't have
much going for her. And my ears. Farley says she's the
worst singer that thinks she can sing, ever.
Tabitha Walli is Lively, and from Lively. She talks
how she got backstage passes at the Kalan Porter
concert, by rewriting his song from last year. So
Farley asks her to sing that. Chris Newcombe of
Petawawa spends most of his time imitating a guitar.
Arin Scott of Ottawa tries not to be a singing zombie.
But she turns out that way, sadly.
Joshuay McKaye of Richmond Hill is asked to grab his
crotch by Zack. MOVING ON!
Ryan Daub of Whitehorse YT enters the room and Zack
immediately says NO causing Jake to spit out the
fluids he was drinking. Sadly he forgets the words.
Next is Ivy O (not a typo) from Ottawa. "You can't
hurry love" is her selection. Finally!
We get told that they did their auditions in Science
North, where Jon zooms around in a Segway.
In walks Tonya Downey. She was the last possible cut
in Season One. Jake asks her what she thinks she can
do differently. She says she's got more confidence
this time, and she's not nervous. She belts out a
great tune, she's going back to Toronto!
10 winners advance south down Highway 69 to the top
Finally, it's time for TORONTO.
But before that, we here some inspirational stories of
Canadian Idol participants who may not have made it to
the top 100, but that are still worthy of hearing
Stories like Allon - who was in a coma years back and
had to learn everything again. Grace and her sister,
refugees from the Congo. Jessica Rothwell who is
legally blind but doesn't let it get her down. She had
great soul and she gets her ticket!
Okay, now it's really time to meet the kids from
Tatyana Kaboulova of Mississauga asks "And I'm the
only one?". That sings like that? No, you're not that
great like so many before you. Sonia Guzman of London
is a bit too high. Ike Shao learns pretty quickly if
that Zack corrects you off the top, it's not a good
sign. Jaron Johms of Brampton mumbles at best.
We then meet Vince Bennenati and about twenty members
of his immediately family. I'm not sure what he sings
but it's nice. And the judges agree, he gets his
David Rawek of Sudbury seems better suited to Bob and
Doug McKenzie. Jake treats him like a jukebox. Boris
Cosic of Windsor belongs in a lounge act.
We then get to meeting a long distance dating couple.
No, this isn't Amazing Race. but first up is Sheena
Turcotte of Wakefield QC. Singing "Earl" by the Dixie
Chicks. They hang her judgment. David Mongar, her
boyfriend from Duncan BC, enters singing "Don't let
the sun go down on me" in a pilot's jump suit. And
wow, they BOTH get tickets!
We get to see the first batch of gold ticket winners.
and there's more to come.
After a shameless makeup promotion, we meet Devika
Mathur, a radio jockey on a small multicultural
station. She's got a decent voice, but it seems like
she's going really slow. She gets her ticket!
Kevin Perez of Maple is not as sweet as his town's
namesake. Stacey Zekers of London sings "At last". She
doesn't. Denise Dunn is quickly done. Erica Peck is
from Missisauga and has a funky look. Zack's son is
along for this ride. She sings "Colours of the Wind".
Quite well actually.
And she's the last one! All told 39 make it.
Oh, and if you've been adding, with the exchange on
the US Dollar, the top 100 has become the top 187. We
can't help that we have talent, I guess.
Next episode. we're in Toronto for the eliminations.