Round of 14 -
One more time this year, the
men and women sing on separate nights. Time to get started in finding out which
10 of the remaining 14 will reach the next phase of the competition...
Once more, the ladies are
resting comfortably in the "TD Canada Trust Comfort Zone". After the judges
give their comments, we see the 7 men that will be performing tonight.
Starting things off this
week, Matt Rapley is hoping to become a true performer through this
competition. Getting into the Top 10 would really help, and he hopes to do so
with "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5, playing the piano while performing. Jake
thought he was really strong vocally, but he might have been too close to the
mic a few times. Sass felt that it sounds smooth when he gets into the higher
registers. But Zack thought that he hasn't shown enough maturity, and he
doesn't think Matt is ready for the Top 10.
Before we continue, we see
footage of Ben and Season 3 winner Melissa O'Neil visiting the Ronald McDonald
House in Vancouver. Soon enough, we find out that Canadian Idol and the Ronald
McDonald House charity will join forces to build a family retreat at Bear
Mountain in B.C., and all proceeds from auctions at idol.ctv.ca will go towards
this project! Nice!
Alright, back to the
singing. Greg Neufeld has now made it further into the competition than he did
last year, and he hopes that Canada will see fit to send him into the Top 10
this year. And with his guitar, he hopes to convince viewers to send him there
with John Mayer's "Daughters". Farley noted his broad comfort zone, and he
brought a sense of intimacy with that performance. Zack thought that he's maybe
a little too perfect, but it was a good song choice. Jake tells the ladies that
that's their competition.
Tyler Mullendore is next,
and he feels that song choice has a lot to do with knowing oneself as an
artist. And looking to prove that he knows himself as an artist, guitar in
hand, he has chosen "Rock N Me" by the Steve Miller Band. Sass, after her best
Paula Abdul impression, said that it's not the best that he has ever done, but
she enjoyed the performance. Oh, and she referred to Zack as Simon at one
point. Heh. Anyway, after Zack did his best Macho Man impression, saying "Oh,
yeah, brother!", Jake said that Tyler continues to be genuine, and hopes he'll
be in the Top 10.
Now, it's Liam Styles
Chang's turn. He just wants to show who he is, and feels that he needs to be
true to himself, as cliché as it sounds. With that, he performs "Over My Head
(Cable Car)" by the Fray. Zack thought that he's consistently "bang on", but he
still wants more explosiveness from him. Jake agreed with Zack on the
explosiveness, but felt that he does deserve to be in the Top 10. Farley
thought that Liam has shown how smart he is with his song selection.
Up next, Dwight d'Eon is
ready to go. He feels that his guitar is 50% of who he is, and he's going to
show the real him tonight, singing Matchbox 20's "Bright Lights". Jake said
that was a rock star moment, and he wouldn't take the guitar out of his hands at
all. Farley felt that Dwight is the most improved there, and the public now
truly knows who he is, thanks to a fantastic performance. Sass thought that he
has the vibe, but not the voice; nonetheless, she thought that was his best
performance so far.
Let's see if Jaydee Bixby
can top that. He says he likes to "ride" the songs that he sings, so to speak.
That means that, so to speak, he'll be "riding" John Michael Montgomery's "Sold"
tonight. Farley simply said, "Going once, going twice, gone to the Top 10!"
Zack said that that kind of music is further away from what he likes or knows
about, so he doesn't comment. Jake thought that he was working the room like he
has done it forever, and Jaydee seemed to be a little out of breath at the end
of the performance.
Brian Melo feels that he has
a lot at stake this week, especially after being so close to elimination last
week. And to close the show, he looks to show that he shouldn't be that close
to elimination again, with his performance of "Drive" by Incubus. Sass loved
the vibe that he showed. Jake felt that it was a strong performance, though
screechy at times, and he hopes that Brian will be around in the Top 10. Farley
said it wasn't his greatest performance, but he looked quite comfortable up
there, and has a good vibe.
Each of these 7 have made a
good case for the Top 10, but of course, only 5 of them will make it there.
Tomorrow, we'll see the women make their cases for the Top 10.
You know the
drill. The men sang yesterday, and the women will sing tonight.
through the usual spiel, getting comments from the judges, and introducing the
ladies who will be performing tonight. With the guys sitting in the "TD Canada
Trust Comfort Zone",
And on the
piano to start is Annika Odegard. She feels that the judges have a
misconception of what she likes to sing, and she plans to show what it is that
she likes to sing, with her rendition of Vanessa Carlton's "Ordinary Day". Jake
says that that's the Annika they saw in the auditions, and that is who she
should be. Farley thought it was a really good performance, and it was the
first time they saw the real her. Sass adds that this is where she belongs.
Khalila G is
next, and she says that being in the Top 10 would certainly make her and her
family happy. And she hopes to convince voters to send her there, singing "For
You I Will" by Monica. Sass wasn't as blown away by her as she was in the
past. Zack saw that she was "trying to hit a home run", but it was a bit flat
around the edges. Jake thought that it sounded a little off at a couple of
moments, but it was strong.
reminder of last night's announcement, Carly Rae Jepsen takes the stage. She
compares the all-important song selection to a tightrope walk. And hoping that
it'll help her get across to the Top 10, she has chosen Annie Lennox's version
of "Waiting in Vain". Sass felt that there's always something magical about her
presence on the stage. Jake said that it was a bit shaky at the beginning, but
it was nice when she stepped away from the backup singers. Farley thought that
despite that shakiness, she managed to get back into the pocket, and he sees it
as a sign of maturity.
along to Tara Oram, who is excited to hear what the judges have to say, and
likes to hear what she needs improvement on, so she can work on it. We'll see
how well she listened, as she goes into "When God Fearin' Women Get the Blues"
by Martina McBride. Zack says that country is not his thing, and found it to be
average. Jake saw some physicality in her performance, and feels that this is
the kind of song that she should be singing. Sass didn't think the singing was
fantastic, but she loved the confidence that Tara showed.
Iles is hoping that she can connect with the viewers at home this week, after
making connections with the band and the studio audience in the past couple
weeks. And with guitar in hand, she is performing "Ironic" by Alanis Morrisette
to hopefully achieve this. Jake says that it could've been better vocally, but
it was nice to actually hear her sing, and she should be in the Top 10. Farley
isn't sold on the vocals yet, but sees that x-factor in her. Zack agrees with
Jake, and adds that he thinks she's a star.
Next up is
Martha Joy. She respects the judges' comments, because she knows that they know
what they're talking about. Hoping to impress once again, she sings Celine
Dion's "That's the Way It Is". Farley thought that she really pushed herself,
and it was great. Zack thought the performance was sophisticated, and he feels
that she's technically the best singer there. Jake thought that the last half
of that song was one of the best things he has seen this year.
night is Mila Miller, who has been known to pick older songs. But tonight, she
has decided to go with something more recent; "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse, to be
exact. Sass said that Mila is one of her favourite performers, and it was a
"really good imitation". Zack was glad that she did something more recent, and
it was cool. Farley thought that she felt that song and did it her way, and she
emanated soul from that performance.
A much better
week for the ladies overall, so this could be a tough one to call. But
tomorrow, we'll see who Canada liked more.
14 singers. 10
spots in the next round. Time to find out who will fill those spots.
After the usual
recaps, we see that these 14 got a chance to relax before performance time.
While the ladies got a day at the spa, the guys got a day at the races. Nice.
But now, we have some results to get to. This time, they're split into 4
groups, and 1 from each group is going home. So let's see what Canada has
Martha - SAFE
Montana - OUT
Matt - SAFE
Dwight - SAFE
Greg - SAFE
Tyler - OUT
Brian - SAFE
Carly Rae - SAFE
Tara - SAFE
Liam - OUT
Jaydee - SAFE
Khalila - SAFE
Mila - SAFE
Annika - OUT
And with that,
we have to say goodbye to Montana Martin Iles, Tyler Mullendore, Liam Styles
Chang, and Annika Odegard. I personally was shocked about a few of them, but
c'est la vie...
As for the
remaining 10, it's time for the next phase of the competition. Next week, they
perform on a bigger stage, and they will be performing #1 hits. But that's not
all; next week's special guest is none other than Rihanna! This should be a