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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
Judges: Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Zack
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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Back to Toronto: The
Top 185 - June 8
We start the show with a
collage of our young protégés packing up from all over
the country. Rex Goudie of Burlington NL. Amanda
Marles of Swan River AB. Jordan Croucher of Halifax.
And many many more. One of the neatest things was in
the Montreal train station seeing that there was a
Canadian Idol booth. And for some reason Jon Dore is
playing baggage handler. Others sing "Fame" on the bus
Everyone checks into their hotel rooms and shortly
afterward it's a pep talk from the judges. Sass tells
them to not stop dreaming. Farley said it took
confidence to get here. Jake says the good news is
that they represent Canada, but the bad news is most
will go home. Zack says to get up to win.
The first group is up. Bree Carson is the first one up
and tries to sell herself. And after a few more, they
separate into two groups. The eliminations have begun.
The day is long. Competitors like Jordan (see above)
try to hold it together. Bobbi Smith of N. Vancouver
BC tries "You Light Up My Life". Alinka Chambers of
Barrie attempts "Wind Beneath My Wings". Jade Seguin-Richard
of Montreal wants to stay in the "Wonderful World".
Dave Moffatt of Victoria BC was part of the supergroup
"The Moffats" in the 90's (Ed: Aren't you disqualified
if you've put out a record?) but at this point he's on
his own. Our buddy Jenner Hughes of Ottawa is out
doing his individual thing again. We of course can't
forget Tonya Downey of Sudbury who is out to prove
she's better than she was in Season One. Amanda Marles
of Swan Hills does "Rockin' around the Christmas
After the first half of the day's cuts, some are
surprised. one guy says that he got to the same stage
as this last year but once again he choked.
Second round of our friends. Paul Figsby of Winnipeg
tries "Crazy little thing called". Melissa O'Neil
tries belting one out. It all comes naturally to Amber
Fleury of Calgary. Spencer Hari of Thunder Bay ON has
some problems with a couple of high notes in an Elton
John song. Alessandra Magnante of Woodbridge ON is
having some real problems. Michael Martins in Toronto
butches something or other. Suzi Rawn of Kamloops
tries one of her usual repertoire of rock songs.
We cut to a series of eliminations. And then a series
Robin Benedict of Hamilton ON turns "Hot Stuff" into a
rock song. Cher Mandel from Winnipeg is back for a
second crack at the top 100.
More cuts happen as the day moves along. And we get to
part two of the auditions.
185 have been cut down to 123. Jon Dore goes around,
room to room, being a general annoyance. Nothing is
new. The groups get going on one of four songs. But
some people, like Jen, can't find their groups! And
furthermore, security is on the prowl as the music is
It's now Day 2 and they start with vocal warm-ups. and
then there's waiting.
"One Fine Day" tends to be the popular choice - at
least for the girls, who are up first. Everyone tends
to literally sing it their own way. One group even
goes out in "train mode".
For the boys, "How Deep Is Your Love" is a popular
choice. One group of four is interchangeable. they
look like Backstreet Boys. And then there's a few that
just buggered up the words.
We continue with four boys in white. Singing "I'll
Make Love to You". At least they've been working at
it, unlike other groups. Like that one group with Dave
from the Moffatts, who was busy doing his own thing
and it shows.
Moving back to the girls we get a collage of forgotten
lyrics and frayed nerves. Doesn't look like they'll be
And the boys aren't much much better. tons of
forgotten lyrics. Back to the girls. and Amanda from
Swan River is getting lectured by Zack. Jake chews out
Zack for this as Amanda starts crying. Jake is pissed
off. And then Ben tries to build her confidence up.
Following the break, we now go to the judges to try to
get it down to a ballpark figure of about 90. Most
groups have at least one person going. but a few made
it through as their original groups. And we then get
back to Amanda and her crew, who all make it through.
NEXT EPISODE: The top 90 fight to make the top 32.
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