Auditions 2 -
6 cities down, 4 to go.
Let's see how many more hopefuls will make it through to Toronto, and who should
probably reconsider trying for any kind of a singing career...
We start this show in
Montréal, where, just like in the other cities, thousands of hopefuls are
waiting for their chance. And the first one up is Maxime Tremblay (17; Saguenay),
who is having a bit of a problem speaking English. So, host Ben Mulroney helps
with the translation. As for his singing... it starts out a bit too quiet,
though he does get louder as he goes. Still, it's not good enough. Alexis
Lambert Aumont (22; Joliette) belts out "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by
The Darkness. But after that, Alexis goes into his own rendition of "Baby One
More Time". What is with certain guys and that song this year? Man, I need
earplugs. Needless to say, he's rejected.
Gina Cuffaro (16) was
apparently nervous, but either way, she didn't sing too well. She begs for
another chance, but it's not working here. Afterwards, Gina says she'll be back
next year. She'd better practice a lot between now and then. Amanda Ferri (19)
couldn't seem to stay in key. Jake sees potential in her, but the others say
"no". Kira Lina (25) is asked to "wow" the judges, but though she had a good
tone, it was a bit too quiet. She does get another chance, being asked to sing
louder, and she does. But Jake says she needs to "let loose", and as Zack says
"maybe next year", Kira does "let loose", going into "Day-O"! Apparently, this
was enough for her to get a gold ticket! Soon after Kira leaves the room, Jake
catches up with her to explain that she should continue to "let loose" when
singing if she wants to go far. At first, Jake thought that Bruno Poitras (26;
Repentigny) looked like someone's dad, but no, he's here to audition. He sings
"My Girl" by the Temptations, complete with "doo doo doo"s at the beginning. It
was interesting, but it wasn't good.
Benoît Cliché (24; Québec)
[spoons] has decided to go in a bit of a different direction as far as
instruments go, going with a pair of spoons. After his singing, he shows off a
bit more of his spoon-playing. But it's about the singing, and Farley didn't
think he was singing seriously. As a teacher, Ben Griffin (28) [guitar] plays
music for the kids at times. But for his audition, he focuses on Sass while
singing. It seems to work, as the judges say "yes", sending him through to the
After profiles of the judges
are shown, we find out that Jake had to step out for the day. So, Jason Howell
(28) [guitar] rocks out for the other 3 judges. But though he showed a lot of
passion, his voice just isn't the type for this competition. Diego Vega (23)
and Arthur Kalimidis (22) [guitar] have some trouble with where they should each
stand at first, then Diego hits the judges with his best shot. He sounds rough,
though, and the scream at the end didn't help. As for Arthur, he goes with a
song that he wrote, and he's much better. So, only Arthur gets a ticket.
Jessyka Lapierre (18; St. Lambert) starts with a French song, since she's not
quite comfortable with English. She sounds great, and that's all the judges
need to hear to give her a ticket! This is followed by a montage of others who
sounded good enough to move on to Toronto! In the end, Montréal saw 22 gold
tickets awarded this year!
Now, it's Vancouver's turn
to show Canada what they've got! The hopefuls are all excited, but when Ben
tries to introduce them to the new roving reporter, Dave Kerr, everyone is
silent. He tries to start a wave... no dice. Ouch.
Anyway, Abbas "Strings" Khan
(25; White Rock) [electric guitar] starts with some "Purple Haze". He's okay
with the guitar, even going so far as to play it with his teeth at the end! But
it didn't help his singing. Liam Styles Chang (16; Victoria) [guitar] is much
better, with both guitar and voice. Jake is concerned about whether his voice
will be powerful enough, but it doesn't matter; he, Sass and Farley give him the
support he needs to go to the next round! Samuel Liu (22; Burnaby) sings
"Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson, and though he showed a lot of passion, the
singing itself wasn't too good.
Sergiy Zakharov (26; Kiev,
Ukraine) says that he was inspired by Eva Avila, last year's winner, and he
hopes that he'll have the confidence for this. But during the song, I'm just
not seeing that confidence. He tried, but he just couldn't sing well.
Afterwards, Sergiy sends a message to Eva; her performance of "Angel" moved him
to tears, and he's going to keep singing. Um, yeah.
Carly Rae Jepsen (21;
Mission) [guitar] has been singing for a while, so she'd better not screw this
up. She goes with a song that she wrote, and she sounded really cool! She gets
a gold ticket, though Zack would have preferred she sign with his label
instead! Now, while most people bring their family, Victoria Tishchishina (25)
opted to bring 2 snakes and a bird! And she sings to the bird! It wasn't good
enough, though, and that starts a montage of others who have to hear "no".
Then along comes a familiar
face from last year; Greg Neufeld (23; Abbotsford) [guitar]. For those who
don't remember, he made it to the Top 22, before being voted out in the round of
18. He wants another shot at singing for Canada's vote, and he easily gets one
step closer to that, getting a gold ticket once again! But this comes with a
warning from Jake; he feels that the viewers will think he had his shot, and
they'll want someone new, and he'll have to try and prove them wrong.
Nonetheless, he is one of 19 hopefuls who will be heading to Toronto!
On to the next city;
hundreds of people, many with instruments, are ready to go in Saskatoon!
Derrick Pernitzky (21) is up first, and he doesn't sound good at all. James
Turner (18) apparently thought that standing right up to the judges' desk would
help. I don't see how that would help a bad singing voice, to be honest.
Nathan Groot (19) apparently has to read the lyrics from a songbook while
singing. And I still want to hit the mute button!
Enter Ryan Langlois (28;
Pierceland) [guitar], who is considered to be a great father, and is currently
an apprentice gas fitter. But can he make a better living through singing?
Sure, why not? It sounds like he can! And the judges agree; Ryan is going to
We see some more silliness
from Dave Kerr, then we move on to Jennifer Kunitz (25). She says that people
tell her she can do a great version of "How Do I Live". Sounds like we didn't
get that version here, though. Sarah & Cammy Romanuck (18) [piano and violin]
play some nice music, but there's just one problem: they're not singing. At
all. Yes, people are allowed to bring instruments this year, but it's still
supposed to be about the singing! Near the end of a long day, Steven Jesmer
(25) [guitar] tries to impress the judges. Doesn't work, though.
Joshua Grant (20) [guitar]
is another hopeful that currently fronts a rock band. His audition gets a mixed
reaction, though. Zack says "no", and Sass and Jake say "yes", so it's down to
Farley. He asks for Joshua to sing the last line of "O Canada". After that,
Farley hands over a gold ticket! He is one of 15 hopefuls that made it out of
Saskatoon with gold tickets!
One more stop before the
next round, and there's a whole lot of people here! First up in London is
Sergio Fazari (17; Innisfil), who has that 'fro look! That's about the only
thing he has going for him, though. Paul Jutras (23; Sarnia) [guitar] tries a
medley, but he sounds bad with each song in it. Norm Fraser (27; Camlachie)
[guitar] didn't do too well, either, but afterwards, he can't believe that
Zack's comment inferred that he's ugly!
Sam Romjin (16; Goderich)
starts by playing a violin while a younger kid dances! Well, it was a nice
performance, but again, it's a singing competition. So after the kid leaves,
Sam sings. And while he looks a bit nerdy, he sings quite well! The judges say
"yes", and he's on his way to the next round! Sharon McCracken (18;
Scarborough) says most people compare her singing to that of Whitney Houston,
but she feels that she has her own voice. After hearing her audition, I'm
inclined to believe Sharon. But not in a good way. She still thinks she'll get
on TV in a few years, though. Well, she was just on TV, and personally, I hope
this is the only time.
Martha Joy (16; Toronto)
does plenty of hugging outside the audition room, but inside, she wows the
judges with her rendition of "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston! She gets a
ticket, but not before Zack advises her to come up with something that'll let
her stand out from others. Afterwards, yes, there's more hugging! Speaking of
which, Jessica Sheppard (21; Bowmanville) gets a hug from her mom before heading
in to audition. She obviously has that support, and though she forgets a lyric,
she sings very well! Jessica has no problem advancing to the next round, and it
sounds like she could be a contender to go far! Afterwards, her mother is
This brings the audition
phase to an end, and a grand total of 198 hopefuls are on their way to the next
round! Next week, they arrive in Toronto for 4 grueling days of competition,
all hoping to become part of this year's Top 22!