Canadian Idol

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The commemorate the 10th anniversary of Canadian Idol is week, we’ve dug out Carly Rae Jepsen’s audition from the 2007 season of the reality series.

It’s hard to believe now that she only placed third behind runner-up Jaydee Bixby and winner Brian Melo.

CanadianIdolThis week marks a special anniversary for Canadian reality TV and in particular, Ben Mulroney.

It is ten years this week since Canadian Idol burst onto the screen and catapulted host Mulrony into the spotlight as much as the contestants – which let’s not forget included the now mega-popular Carly Rae Jepsen.

“It was not a foregone conclusion it was going to be successful,” recalls Mulroney. “If you look at the jaded, cynical members of the press … they were convinced this was not a Canadian thing to do. ‘We don’t do stuff like this…. We don’t celebrate the way that the Americans do.’

“And yet we proved them wrong. But we had to fight very hard against that sentiment.” Continue reading »

Canadian Comedian, Jon Dore, will make his first appearance on Late Night American TV with a key visit to tonight’s Conan show. Jon will have a perform a stand-up routine for Conan’s faithful audience, no sit down interview.

You may remember Jon from his stint on the first couple of seasons of Canadian Idol. From there he parlayed his success into his own show on the Comedy Network called the Jon Dore Television show. It lasted two seasons. Shortly after filming the season finale (which would become series) Jon moved to LA to try his act on the comedy circuit.

Since moving to LA he secured a guest-starring role as a zoo keeper on How I Met Your Mother.

A former contestant on Canadian Idol has been granted bail on charges connected to a bomb-building plot.

Dr Khurram Syed Sher was charged with conspiracy to promote terrorist activity back in August this year and has been granted bail under strict conditions.

Sher featured on the reality talent show in 2008 where he sang a comical rendition of Avril Lavigne’s Complicated which also featured a moonwalk.

His bail condition state that the 28-year-old must live with Toronto relatives and must report to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police every week.


According to host Ben Mulroney, there is no news on whether or not Canadian Idol will return for another season; but if it does, he would support a decision to make big changes to the show’s format in order to reignite viewers’ interest.

From The Canadian Press – Nick Patch

TORONTO – “Canadian Idol” host Ben Mulroney says he doesn’t know if the show will return for a seventh season – but if it does, he thinks producers should consider some drastic changes.

“If it were up to me, I would really blow up the model,” Mulroney said Tuesday in an interview.

“I would take this opportunity that it’s taken some time off . . . (and) I would think boldly on it. I would do ‘Canadian Idol 2.0.’ “

“Canadian Idol” has run for six seasons on CTV. The network announced in December that the show would be “suspended,” and the seventh season would not air in 2009 as expected.

Though Mulroney notes he’s not a producer of “Idol” – “I’m just a really well-placed fan,” says the 33-year-old – he wouldn’t be opposed to any change that would freshen up the show.

And that includes sacrificing his own job.

“While I would love to work with my judge colleagues and friends – they’re all my friends – for the health of the show, it might be interesting to get a new panel,” he said. “Or do (the show) out of Vancouver.

“Get a new judge, get a new host – I’d do it again, but if you really were thinking ‘let’s try something different’ . . . prove it to the cynics that the show is still relevant. I think it always was.

“That would be my instinct. Think big, think bold, and really change it up.”

However, Mulroney says he hasn’t heard anything either way about the show’s possible return.

“The health of network television is sort of in flux right now,” he says. “So I really don’t know what’s going to happen, and our show is an expensive one to produce.”

Mulroney says “Canadian Idol” – always a reliable ratings success – was prohibitively pricey for CTV because it needed to match the slick production values of its American counterpart.

But there’s no doubt in his mind that it should ultimately come back.

“There’s no other show on television that celebrates – for an entire summer – people who come from this small town in Newfoundland, or that small town in Alberta, and showcases the talent,” he said.

“Look, it’s not for everybody. It never was designed for everybody. But it is designed for the masses and it got huge numbers.

“And that reason alone means that if there’s a way to bring it back, it will be brought back.”

Via: Canoe Jam! Television

When you read “As a result of the current economic climate, production of Canadian Idol will rest for the 2009 broadcast year,” you have to wonder what is really going on.

Yes folks, Canadian Idol, that vestibule of revenue gathering for CTV has been rested due to the *cough* current economic climate and that because ad revenues are taking a dive then the ends don’t justify their means.

One would have thought that having Canadian Idol back in 2009 would have been the smartest thing to do. If people aren’t going out spending money, are they not going to be sitting in front of their television sets being entertained at home?

And advertisers not wanting to front due to the constant call of recession are only adding to the problem. The only way out is for people to spend money again. Locking the vaults and not wanting to back one of the biggest ratings winners of 2008 is simply put, ludicrous.

So why is this really happening? The only thing I can think of is that there was no one smart enough at CTV who could find a solution that worked for everyone. Instead of choosing smaller profits, they’ve settled for significantly smaller profits.

It will be very interesting to see what replaces Canadian Idol once American Idol ends. Whatever it is, I doubt CTV will be gloating about their ratings come June.

Lethbridge, Alberta has a new star tonight as 22 year old Theo Tams became the sixth winner of Canadian Idol.

Tams will release his debut single titled Sing which is expected to debut at #1 on the Canadian Charts.

Theo beat 22 year old Mitch MacDonald from Port Hood Nova Scotia who had been criticized for his pitchy vocals throughout the entire series.

Theo Tams - Canadian Idol Winner 2008

Who is your pick to win Canadian Idol 2008 between Mitch MacDonald and Theo Tams?

What are the lyrics to Theo Tams song Sing?

When ever the sun doesn’t shine
when ever the clouds cover up the sky
I’ll be there with you
If ever the world doesn’t turn
If ever the dreams that we made all burn
I’ll still have you

And we’ll sing
’til the stardust
falls around us
and we breathe it in
Sing till tomorrow
don’t let sorrow
swallow everything

If all of the seasons were changed
And only these hours with you would remain
I won’t be afraid
Here in the shade of the stars
Say everything that’s in your heart
I’ll listen to you

And we’ll sing
’til the stardust
falls around us
and we breathe it in
Sing till tomorrow
don’t let sorrow
swallow everything

And we’re drifting away
over the waves
to where we belong
this is our song

this is our song

And we’ll sing
’til the stardust
falls around us
and we breathe it in
Sing till tomorrow
don’t let sorrow
swallow everything

What are the lyrics to Mitch MacDonald’s winners single?

I used to wander
through the grey sky
slowly floating
on the inside
I didn’t even notice
you moved in closer
you showed me heaven
and that’s where we begin

In you, I
I can see my whole life
right in front of me
this is where I end
and where we begin
I feel so alive when
I look into your eyes
This is where I end
and where we begin

it’s a look
it’s a touch
all I need is right in front of me
you are all I need
this is where we
this is where we begin