Round of 10: Number Ones -
It started with over 10,000
hopefuls. From there, 198 of them went to Toronto, where the field was narrowed
down to 22. Now, only 10 remain, and it's time for the competition to really
This week, the competition
moves to a bigger stage, located in the John Bassett Theatre. Plus, we're now
at that point where each week, the singers will be picking songs that fit
specific themes. And this week, the theme is #1 Hits. So what kind of a
special guest would be best suited to appear this week? How about someone who
has had some #1 hits of her own, Rihanna!
After the usual comments
from the judges, we meet this season's Top 10, then we go into a brief bit on
the theme; basically, every artist wants to make it to #1 on the Billboard
charts, but only a select few actually manage to get there, and even fewer are
able to get multiple songs up to that top spot. Rihanna is one such artist; she
has reached #1 with such hits as S.O.S. and Umbrella, and her latest single,
Shut Up and Drive, is steadily climbing up towards that spot.
On to the competition.
Dwight d'Eon starts things off this week. He has been a fisherman for 9 years,
so this is quite the career change for him. He performs "Unwell" by Matchbox
20. Jake felt that he sang it well, but he wants Dwight to be "more
interesting" next time. Farley thought that he seems to be more ready for this
phase of the competition than he was in the Top 22 phase. Sass said that she
would have found it more interesting if he sang it better.
Next up is Khalila
Glanville, who works at a daycare. The support from her family means a lot to
her. And she hopes to continue to get more support, as she sings Roberta
Flack's "Killing Me Softly". Farley thought that she sang that with a lot of
intensity. Zack said that it was mature, but it's nothing that would wake him
up and make him say "wow". Jake felt that it's good enough to keep her around,
but he wishes that she would show more emotion.
Carly Rae Jepsen has been
performing with a band for a while, so singing on a stage seems to be natural
for her. And she is now on the stage, ready to sing "Inside and Out" by Feist,
a cover song of a Bee Gees hit. Zack didn't get it; he thought she was short on
energy and singing. Jake thought she didn't seem to show any of the dynamics
that were needed for this, though she sang it well. Farley liked the effort she
made to entertain, but she could have gone more over-the-top with it.
Moving right along to Brian
Melo. He has been with his band "Stoked" for 4 years, and they have been very
supportive of him during this competition. Tonight, he hopes to keep going,
with "If You Could Only See" by Tonic. Zack gave him some advice after seeing
this performance; don't just aimlessly wander around the stage. Jake liked the
fact that Brian went with the song that he auditioned with, and he did a great
job with it. Sass saw some major intensity from him.
Mila Miller has been playing
the clarinet for 7-8 years, and she hopes to show her true personality on the
stage. She has that chance now, performing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by
Stevie Wonder. Jake said that it's a tough song, and her performance came off
as karaoke (a word one doesn't want to hear in this competition). Sass thought
she sang it good, but it felt safe (another word one doesn't want to hear about
their performance). Zack said that they're supposed to be here to win, not to
show up like they're at a bar mitzvah! Ouch.
Hopefully, Jaydee Bixby will
give us something better. He says that the community in Drumheller has been
supporting him 110%, and he has been performing for a while. Tonight, he hopes
to shine with Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe". Farley thought it was
fantastic, and he's gonna be famous. Zack called him the "Michael Bublé of
retro country". Jake felt that he was a little awkward in his movement, but he
did provide the first electric performance of the night.
Before we continue, here's
some filler. Dave Kerr visits with the 10 finalists as they are checking out
their new phones that they got for getting this far into the competition. They
mention all the features that their phones have, while Dave shows them a bunch
of older phones that he has, taped to objects like a boom box and a keyboard.
Anyway, Greg Neufeld is up
next. His family has been supporting his dreams of being a musician for quite a
while. And he looks to impress everyone with his rendition of The Killers' "All
These Things That I've Done". Sass liked it a lot, and felt that he really
delivered with that one. Zack doesn't really see him as the rocker type. Jake
thought he showed more intensity than he has ever showed before.
Let's see how Martha Joy
follows that up. She was encouraged to start singing by her family, and she has
been taking salsa lessons to help her be more comfortable on stage. This week,
she sings "The Power of Love" by Celine Dion. Zack said that it was strong
vocally for the most part. Jake agreed, but he also thought that she was just
milking it as opposed to going with it. Sass thought she sings really well for
a 16-year-old, but she found that performance to be "sleepy".
Next on the stage is Tara
Oram. She has been singing with a country band for almost 4 years, so she is
used to singing on stage. And tonight, she has chosen to go with Shania Twain's
"You Win My Love". Farley said that she pushed harder than ever, and she has
that "star quality" in her. Sass felt that it was a strong performance, and
that Tara definitely knows her voice. Zack said that that was the first time
since the Top 22 started that he dug what she did.
Closing the show tonight is
Matt Rapley. His father is a pastor, and he first discovered his musical side
while at church. And he's looking to give the show a strong finish with "Heard
it Through the Grapevine". Farley thought it was a nice, energetic performance,
and Matt showed a new side of himself. Sass thought that he glided through that
performance. Jake felt that he sang okay, but there wasn't a lot of vibe coming
Overall, it was a good start
to this phase of the season, but I was expecting a bit more. If I had to make
predictions a la "Safe, Trouble, Out", I'd put the Trouble label on Khalila and
Carly Rae, as their performances seemed underwhelming to me. As for Mila's
performance, let me put it this way: Jake said it came off as "karaoke". Sass
said it felt "safe". I say Mila is "Out".
But we'll see who Canada is
sending home, as well as a performance from Rihanna, tomorrow.
Last night, the
Top 10 singers sang #1 hits. Tonight, we'll see who will only go as far as #10.
The show starts
right into a pair of songs from those 10. It was okay. Afterwards, we find out
that 2.5 million votes were cast last night, before we go into recaps of the
performances that those votes were for.
Now, we get to
see footage of the 10 meeting with this week's special guest, Rihanna. Among
the things that she said to them, she says that she likes to try new things, so
before turning down a song that doesn't fit her, she at least tries to record
it. She also advises them to look at everything in a positive way, and to fight
for what they believe in. Following that is a live performance of her recent #1
hit, Umbrella. They went all out with this one, and I gotta say, I liked it!
Afterwards, Ben announces that Rihanna's latest album, "Good Girl Gone Bad", has
gone Platinum in Canada!
Moving on, we
now get to see a clip showing the 10 finalists on set for a new video from the
Season 2 winner, Kalan Porter. We also got to hear a bit of his new single
(which the video is for), and it sounds nice.
But now, it's
time to see who is in the bottom 3 this week...
Tara - SAFE
Dwight - SAFE
Martha - SAFE
Jaydee - SAFE
Khalila - Bottom 3
Carly Rae - Bottom 3
Mila - Bottom 3
Brian, Greg, Matt - SAFE
Just as I
predicted, Khalila, Carly Rae, and Mila are in danger of heading home. So what
do the judges think? Farley said that they need to take risks. Sass said that
what she thinks doesn't matter, because this is Canada's vote. Jake said that
of those 3, he expects Mila to go home. Zack wants to see Carly Rae move on.
So who is
gone? After one more break...
Khalila - SAFE
Carly Rae - SAFE
Mila - OUT
And just like
that, Mila Miller becomes the first casualty of the Top 10 phase. She closes
the show with "Signed, Sealed, Delivered". For the other 9, they'd better be
ready to sing songs from the '60s next week!