The Top 5 Inspired Performances

Last week it was Tara was eliminated from the competition.

Tonight the competition really heats up as five fight for a place in the top 4.

This week our top 5 are singing songs from the artists who have most inspired. Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson is going to be adding some inspiration of her own this week as she offers up some tips for the Top 5.

Jake Gold is of the opinion that just because a contestant is inspired by an artist it doesn’t necessarily mean they should be singing their songs. He’ not wanting any karaoke performances tonight. Farley thinks they should have done enough so far to not reach too far and be effective with what they do. Sass thinks Kelly has a lot to share from being the first to go through the process. Zach is excited that tonight we should know who the final two that will be fighting it out for the prize of Canadian Idol are.

Ingrid Kavelaars is in the Audience from CTV’s Whistler.

First up to perform tonight is Matt Rapley and his inspiration is Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder.

Matt Rapley
Stevie Wonder - Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection - Higher Ground Higher Ground
It’s nice to hear Matt finally rocking out a little bit this week. But seriously, the energy in his performance just doesn’t match the energy of the song. Jake loved the fact that he did the Chilli Peppers version of the song and thought he looked fierce. Farley thinks that when he steps up he makes it really rough for everyone else. Sass says that what matters is that he has heart and soul and it shone through. Zach loved how he kicked the thing.

Dwight d’Eon
Bon Jovi - Keep the Faith - Bed of Roses Bed of Roses
I like how Dwight starts off at the piano. Dwight seems to be growing on me despite the fact that his voice isn’t really that strong. Farley says that that was his most favourite performance he’s done. Sass thought it was his best and it was his best. Zach thought it was about it was as good as he can sing but he can’t sing well enough to win. Jake thought it was a bit shakey at the start and wished that the people at home could have felt the power of the performance.

Jaydee Bixby
Ray Charles - Ray Charles: A Man, a Voice, a Piano - I Can't Stop Loving You I Can’t Stop Loving You
I recall earlier this year that the judges said that there wouldn’t be a Sanjaya Malakar in their Top 10. They certainly got that right. They have a Jaydee Bixby instead. He doesn’t want to do a pop album so why is he there. This is a pop music competition and he simply isn’t pop. Sass thought he just sang for his supper in a major way. Zach isn’t saying that he didn’t stomp on it but God forbid he wins and they make him sing something other than Elvis. On the rhythm side Jake thinks he’s no Elvis and perhaps he just needs the sideburns and a shiny jumpsuit and he can move to Vegas. On the other hand, Farley thought that was fantastic because he hasn’t swayed from who he is.

Carly Rae Jepsen
Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E's in Love Chuck E’s In Love
Carly Rae has gone back to jazz roots. She’s having some real fun with the song and I think it’s paying off. A really fun performance. Zach plays on something Jakes usually says during the auditions about how if you want to be rememorable, be memorable and if you want to be loved, be loveable and then adds that if that performance wasn’t then he doesn’t know what is. Jake didn’t realize Zach paid attention to anything he said. Jake thinks her strength is in when she sings sad songs but that was great. Farley loves how she looks and how she’s knows how to entertain people. Sass just loves her charm.

Oh look, there’s Seamus O’Regan in the audience from Canada AM.

Brian Melo
Dragon Style - Anyone Can Play Radiohead: A Tribute to Radiohead - Karma Police Karma Police
What a diverse show it has been tonight. Brian’s vocal has a few shakey moments but he’s a true performer and is clutching at being a true artist by performing some radiohead. Jake hopes they understand what they just saw and says that it was one of the most magic moments on the show. Farley says he just made everyone so proud. Sass almost thought he wrote the song and was at a Brian Melo concert. Zach wonders if Brian Melo may very well be the next Canadian Idol after that fantastic performance.

Tomorrow night, one more goes home. Who will it be? Don’t forget to vote!

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