July 2007

What did you think of Clifton Murray’s Top 18 Performance of James Morrison - Undiscovered - You Give Me Something You Give Me Something on Canadian Idol?

What did you think of Dwight d’Eon’s Top 18 Performance of Used To Be Alright on Canadian Idol?

What did you think of Andrew Austin’s Top 18 Performance of Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane - Sunday Morning Sunday Morning on Canadian Idol?

What did you think of Liam Styles Chang’s Top 18 Performance of Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman - She's So High She’s So High on Canadian Idol?

Last week Derek Hoffman and Justyn Wesley were eliminated from the 11 guys that made it through to the Top 22.

Will the remaining contestants step up their game to ensure they’re around next week?

First up:

Liam Styles Chang
Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman - She's So High She’s So High
Liam’s falsetto wasn’t too bad and his venture into the audience to sing to some you lass adds a nice touch to the start of the show. Jake wasn’t sure the falsetto was going to work but he was impressed. Farley thinks he has one of the most distinct voices in the competition.

Andrew Austin
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane - Sunday Morning Sunday Morning
Much better than last week. The judges like him although Zach is a little concerned at the Eddie Munster look alike. Jake congratulates him on being the first contestant to perform on Canadian Idol with an instrument.

Dwight d’Eon
Used To Be Alright
Dwight rocks the stage. It started off mediocre. Sass says that what he lacks in technique he makes up for in performance. Zach thinks he’s the first “balls to the wall” rocker they’ve ever had on Canadian Idol. Jake would have picked a different song.

Clifton Murray
James Morrison - Undiscovered - You Give Me Something You Give Me Something
The thing that is becoming more and more obvious about Clifton is that he really is an actor who wants to be a singer. It’s not working for him. Zach didn’t get it at all. Jake thought he was acting the song. Farley thought it was missing some grit. Sass thought he was a little uncomfortable with the song.

Greg Neufeld
Jason Mraz - Mr. A-Z - Geek In the Pink Geek in the Pink
This is much better from Greg this week. He’s playing his guitar too but he’s still trying to do those annoying dances. He’s not really working with the band either. Jake thought it was explosive. Farley thinks he’s got so much rhythm and he stays in the pocket like lint. Sass can’t believe he’s not playing every night and people don’t know him already. Zach thinks he’s a little mainstream for his tastes but he’s as good as any contestant who has won Canadian Idol.

Brian Melo
Robbie Williams - The Ego Has Landed - Angels Angels
I don’t really like Robbie Williams at all and Brian is doing himself no favours with his shaking notes in changing my opinion. Farley thought it was fantastic. Sass thought it was a great song choice. Zach thought he was pitchy. Jake thought it was spectacular.

Jaydee Bixby
Ray Charles - The Best of Ray Charles - The Atlantic Years - I Got a Woman I Got A Woman
The novelty is wearing off for me. He was fun when we met him but seriously, where is the commercial value in what he’s doing? He’s going to struggle through the genres and he’s showing no variety. Sass loved him. Zach says he’s going to be a slam dunk in Nashville. Jake was hoping it would be a little more explosive.

Matt Rapley
Josh Groban - Closer - You Raise Me Up You Raise Me Up
I was thinking this was going to be another rubbish and safe song from Matt. I was right about the safe part. Marginal on the rubbish. Zach hates the song but he made him shiver and he thanks him for singing that. Jake thinks he needs to watch his vibrato. Farley disagrees with Jake and likes his vibrato. Sass loved his dynamics.

Tyler Mullendore
Joe Cocker - Super Hits - Have a Little Faith In Me Have a Little Faith In Me
Tyler is such a star. It’s such a shame that the band wasn’t up to performing at his level. Jake loved him and thinks he’s the real deal. Farley thinks he’s so natural on the stage. Zach thought he lost a little focus towards to the end but thought it was pretty good.

Here are the Voting Numbers.

The first elimination of 2007 begins with Ben sorting the bottom four of the guys.

Working along the line, Ben gives the following four guys the bad news.


Two of them will be going home. Two will be back next week. First though, the bottom four girls.

Ben tells the following girls that they’re in the bottom four.


Zach thinks Christine and Maud are going home. Farley agrees. Sass says of the guys it will be Justyn and Andrew. Jake would like to see Justyn and Clifton.

The first person who is safe is Naomi-Joy from the girls and Clifton from the guys.

Derek and Justyn are going home while Andrew is safe.

Christine and Maud are eliminated while Mila is safe.

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson Named Canada’s Best Newscast by RTNDA
– CTV Declared the Big Winner with 10 RTNDA Awards –

TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ – Canada’s No. 1 national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson has just been named Canada’s Best Newscast by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). The award was presented tonight to Wendy Freeman, Vice President and Executive Producer, CTV News and Robert Hurst, President, CTV News, at the RTNDA’s National Awards Gala in Vancouver. The coveted award was just one of 10 RTNDA awards and one honorable mention for the CTV News Division – more than any other television broadcaster.

The RTNDA Awards, which are widely regarded as the highest recognition
for broadcast journalism in Canada, were also handed out to CTV’s W FIVE and CTV’s local newscasts in British Columbia, Toronto and Regina. (See below for the complete summary)

For CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, the Best Newscast award caps off another No. 1 year for CTV. BBM Nielsen audience numbers confirm that CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson is not just No. 1 in total viewers, but outperforms Global National and The National (CBC) in all key advertising demographics – Adults 18+, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

The CTV National News Advantage

Mon – Fri (5 Days)

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson

Global National

CBC the National

Mon – Sun (7 Days(*))

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson/Sandie Rinaldo

Global National

CBC the National

Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research Jan 1, 2007 to June 17, 2007

(*) note: seven-day weighted average

For Robertson, the news rounds out another stellar year for Canada’s Most Trusted Anchor. He was recently named to Canada’s Walk of Fame, the first journalist ever inducted (June, 2007), and was named Canada’s most powerful anchor in news by TV Guide (April 2007).

2006 RTNDA National and Network Awards:

Network Awards

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson

– Best Newscast
– Best Spot News – Shelling of Beit Hanoun
– Best Short Feature – Life on the Run
– Best Videography – Canadian Evacuees
– Best Spot News – The Battle of Pashmul (Honorable Mention)


– Best In-depth/Investigative Report – Dr. Hope
– Best Information Program – Danger on the Road/Children of Woodlands

National Awards

CTV British Columbia

– Short Feature – Nagasaki Vet
– In-depth or Investigative – Filthy Foster Home

CTV Regina

– Best News information – Calling Home

CTV Toronto

– Continuing Coverage – Bail System

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 16 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.

BURBANK, CA (June 11, 2007) – Look, up in the sky: it’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s…Supergirl! This fall, Supergirl will be joining the lineup of burgeoning superheroes and villains in SMALLVILLE. Supergirl is the latest DC Comics character to join the series that has previously welcomed Martian Manhunter, The Green Arrow, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Brainiac. Casting for the Supergirl role is currently underway. SMALLVILLE airs on Thursdays at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on The CW.

On SMALLVILLE, the seventh season premiere kicks off with the arrival of Supergirl, whose name is Kara, as Clark’s (Tom Welling) 19-year-old cousin. She was born on Krypton and is the daughter of Zor-El, Jor-El’s brother. Kara possesses all of Clark’s powers and one he doesn’t yet have ?? she can fly! Kara also has a strong, rebellious streak that puts her at odds with Clark, and puts her onto Lex’s (Michael Rosenbaum) radar. In addition, she takes a romantic interest in Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore).

“One of the joys of creating SMALLVILLE has been our ability to reinvent and reinterpret classic DC Comics characters,” said SMALLVILLE executive producer Al Gough. “Miles and I believe that Supergirl will give our series the mythic jolt that it needs as we head into our seventh season.”

Reinterpreting the Superman mythology from its roots, SMALLVILLE was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Spiderman 2”), based on the DC Comics characters. Gough and Millar serve as executive producers, along with Ken Horton, Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer, James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.