Season 5 Episode 2 Auditions 2007

Last year, for the first time ever, our Idol came from the province of Québec and now we’re back in Montréal where thousands of hopefuls are trying to make it two in a row.

Poor Ben Mulroney gets roped into the judging room when Maxime Tremblay, 17 from Saguenay, QC arrives and speaks more French than he does English and so needs a translator. It’s not that great with all the arms waving everywhere and the judges ask Ben’s opinion to which he replies he was only there to translate. Afterwards, Ben tells them never to invite him into the judgeing room again.

After one contestant gets a solid no for having no real charisma despite having reasonable tone, in walks Kira Lina, 25 from Montréal, QC. She is told why the last girl didn’t get through and then proceeds to repeat the same mistakes. They say no and she’s just walking out the door when they tell her she should have powered up. She sings again and convinces them to change their minds. Off to Toronto she goes.

There have been plenty of guitars during the Canadian Idol auditions but this is the first time that anyone has bought in a pair of spoons. Benoît Cliché, 24 from Québec, QC can’t sing to save himself but he’s a real pro with the spoons.

Ben Griffin, 28 from Montréal, QC is a teacher, has a beautiful voice and is a real performer. He gets a golden ticket for sure.

Sass Jordan has sold over 1 million albums and continues to rock and says that performing today is no different from what it used to be. After managing acts like Maesto, Farley Flex established Canada’s first urban radio station Flow. Zack Werner’s band Thick as Thieves was a mainstay in Los Angeles until he realised that his talent didn’t lie in making the music himself but understanding how others were making the music and how he could help them. Jake Gold is one of the best managers in the industry and has turn many local bands into national icons.

Arthur Kalimidis, 22 from Montréal, QC plays his own original song which actually really nice. The judges like him but his screaming friend doesn’t get a look in.

We haven’t seen many French speakers make it through on Canadian Idol but Jessyka Lapierre, 18 from St Lambert, QC is one. She struggles with her english but her French sounds as gorgeous as she looks so it’s Golden Ticket Time for her.

22 hopefuls made it through to the next round in Toronto from Montréal.

Vancouver is the next stop on the audition tour.

Liam Styles Chang, 16 from Victoria, BC would have got a no from me and Zack but the other three make him Vancouver’s first golden ticket.

Carly Rae Jepsen, 21 from Misssion, BC tells the judges before she sings that just because she is playing a guitar, that doesn’t make her a guitar player. She’s great but her guitar is out of tune. Zack hopes that she doesn’t get through so she can come and work with him instead. They all love her.

Back auditioning again is Greg Neufeld, 23 Abbotsford, BC. This time he has a guitar. They give him a yes but they tell that it’s likely to work against him so he’s going to have to really prove himself to the Canadian public.

19 dreams are still alive from everyone that auditioned in Vancouver.

The Paris of the Prairies is next on the tour to find the next Canadian Idol.

Apprentice gasfitter Ryan Langlois, 28 from Pierceland, SK is firstly a dad but he really wants a shot at music via Canadian Idol. He doesn’t have the strongest voice but he sold the story of the song so he’s getting a golden ticket to Toronto.

Joshua Grant, 20 from Saskatoon, SK is next and is another well established performer. Zack says that if Kalan Porter was in the room he’d smoke him left right and centre. The rest of the judges give him his golden ticket though.

15 tickets of gold to Toronto are handed out in Saskatoon before the tour heads off to the next stop of London.

Sam Romijm, 16 from Goderich, ON has a 4 foot sidekick who dances a merry jig as he saws away on his violin. When he gets to singing, he’s actually quite nice to listen to. He completely looks out of place but they love his tone. Definitely needs some styling. They all love him so he’s off to Toronto.

Stepping into the room is 16 year old Martha Joy from Toronto, ON. She looks good and sounds a lot older than she actually is. She blows the judges away with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing. They love her and think she might be the best 16 year old they’ve ever had on the show and Zack goes as far as thinking she might very well be the next Canadian Idol.

Jessica Sheppard, 21 from Bowmanville, ON is the last contestant to audition we’ll get to see this season and they’ve saved the best till last. They absolutely love her and Jake says it’s the first time he’s had chills this season while Sass says she might very well be the best singer they’ve ever had on the show. Outside her mother is over the moon.

In total, the judges have made 198 Canadian Idol dreams a little closer to reality. Next week is going to gut-wrenching at the judges cut the numbers down to our Top 22.

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  • Mike

    I CAN’T believe they let Jessica Sheppard go! She was the best singer of the whole lot! UNbelievable!

  • jennise

    This makes no sense at all!! Jessica even when not feeling the best, due to her throat, she gave it her everything and i thought she did an amazing job!!! The made a HUGE mistake.

  • jennise

    This makes no sense at all!! Jessica even when not feeling the best, due to her throat, she gave it her everything and i thought she did an amazing job!!! The made a HUGE mistake.

  • Deb

    Did I miss something here? Jessica obviously should have been in the running….. come on guys and gals lets get behind her and remind the judges of “their own words” ….

    This girl has talent …. they could see that ….they could hear that ….

    Now 1 of the 122 has stepped down so hopefully the judges will redeem themselves and put Jessica back in the running. She belongs there! I am quoting the net here:

    The judges absolutely love her and Jake says it’s the first time he’s had chills this season while Sass says she might very well be the best singer they’ve ever had on the show …. let this one play out folks….