Canadian Idol

Canadian Idol 2008 Top 2So it’s come down to this. Mitch MacDonald vs Theo Tams. Tonight they will perform 3 songs each. One of their own choice. One of the judges. And the winners single.

The contestants have been tutored this week by John Legend John Legend who has a new album coming out in October and Mariah Carey Mariah Carey who will both be performing on Wednesday nights Grand Finale where the 2008 Canadian Idol will be crowned.

Here’s the recap.

Mitch MacDonald
Yael Naïm - Yael Naïm - Paris Paris

I for one cannot believe that Mitch MacDonald has made it to the final two. They boy has had some serious pitch problems since the start of the season.

Theo Tams
Jann Arden - Greatest Hurts: The Best of Jann Arden - Good Mother Good Mother

Theo is a star. He has been from the start. There is a massive gulf of difference between Mitch and Theo and without a doubt, Theo comes out on top every time.

Mitch MacDonald
Where We Begin – Winners single

Mitch’s song is nice but he’s still Pitchy Mitchy to me.

Last years winner Brian Melo Brian Melo will also be performing during the Grand Finale of Canadian Idol on Wednesday night.

Theo Tams
Sing Winners single

Theo’s song is good as well but Theo has true class and style that shows why he so deserves to win Canadian Idol in 2008.

Hedley Hedley will also be performing at the Grand Finale and offer some support to Mitch and Theo ahead of singing the judges choice.

Mitch MacDonald
Bread - The Best of Bread - If If

This might actually be the least pitchy song I’ve ever heard Pitchy Mitchy sing.

Can someone please tell me how the judges can excuse pitchiness as being

Theo Tams
Foreigner - No End In Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner (Remastered) - I Want to Know What Love Is I Want To Know What Love Is

Theo is a star! He has out sung and out performed Pitchy Mitchy all night and deserves to take the crown

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Tuesday, September 2
8 p.m.

It’s elimination night, and Bryan Adams will perform on the Idol stage before this season’s Top 2 are revealed.

Monday, September 8
9pm

The Top 2 perform three songs each, including the winner’s single, live on the Idol stage.

Wednesday, September 10
8 p.m.

It’s down the Top 2, but only one competitor will be crowned the Canadian Idol. Mariah Carey, John Legend, Hedley, Brian Melo and Jully Black all perform during the star-studded finale.

CTV announced today that Mariah Carey will headline the star-studded, two-hour Canadian Idol season finale, airing live on Wednesday, September, 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. The most successful female artist of all time will perform on the results episode, after the Canadian Idol Top 2 compete for the nation one last time in the final performance show airing Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.

The powerhouse line-up of talent scheduled to perform in the finale also features five-time Grammy winner John Legend; multiple MMVA winner and JUNO nominated Hedley, fronted by Idol alumnus Jacob Hoggard; last year’s Canadian Idol champ Brian Melo; and newest Idol cast member, JUNO winner Jully Black.

The dramatic finish to the season will be intensified by the two-day wait for the results. With four men left in the competition, the sixth Canadian Idol is guaranteed to be a male for the second year in a row. It’s the conclusion to a season that many fans are calling one of the best ever. After this week’s performance episode, TV Guide wrote “watching last night’s Canadian Idol…was one of the best experiences I’ve had at the reality show. And, sitting in my cushy seat amid rabid fans and blinding spotlights, I rediscovered the brilliance this Idol thing had when it was new and revolutionary.” Additional details about Canadian Idol’s sixth season finale will be announced in the coming weeks.

Multi-platinum, award-winning superstar Mariah Carey has been making hit songs since her album debut in 1990. With worldwide sales now exceeding 160 million albums, she is the biggest selling female artist of all-time. Carey has recorded 18 #1 singles, surpassing Elvis Presley’s previous record of 17 #1 singles, and is now positioned as the only active recording artist with the potential to surpass the Beatles (with 20 #1’s). Carey’s current album E=MC² which is her eleventh studio album, debuted at #1 on the Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Album Chart upon release. It is the follow up to her 10 million-selling, multi-Grammy winning The Emancipation of Mimi.

Carey joins a long list of internationally renowned musical guests who have hit the Canadian Idol stage this season, including former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, rockers Simple Plan and the legendary Tom Jones. Performing next week (Aug. 25) is legendary songstress Anne Murray, who also mentors the competitors, along with American Idol champ Jordin Sparks. Canadian icon Bryan Adams mentors and then performs Sept. 2 in the penultimate results episode.

With only two weeks to go before Canada crowns its next Canadian Idol, host Ben Mulroney revealed live on CTV tonight this season’s Top 3. The very popular Earl Stevenson, 23, a swamper for a backhoe operator from Lloydminster, AB, was eliminated after he received the fewest of nearly four million votes cast following his performance last night of the Anne Murray cover of “Killing Me Softly” and his personal pick, “The Joker” by The Steve Miller Band. Remaining in the competition are three men representing Western, Central and Atlantic Canada.

The Top 4 performed songs by Anne Murray during last night’s show. Murray, who mentioned she has “been watching the show religiously,” was a very intuitive and honest mentor to the competitors. Stevenson was especially thrilled to meet Murray as “he was excited to learn a great deal from her.” Murray was quick to point out her appreciation of Stevenson’s “innocence…and unusual unique sounding voice.” A fan favourite from the start of the competition, Stevenson decided to try out for the Idol competition after a knee injury sidelined him from a winter filled with snowboarding. Once he hit the Idol stage, his countless fans across the country could not have been happier. His amazing Idol journey has surprised no one more than Stevenson, as Idol Judge Sass Jordan mentioned on several occasions. “Earl is a true original rock star and one of the coolest people to ever grace the Idol stage.”

Tonight’s episode opened with the Top 4 performing Murray’s classic hit, “Danny’s Song”. The iconic songstress then brought her expertise and signature voice to the stage as she performed “Daydream Believer” and “Could I Have This Dance” from her current smash hit album Duets Friends & Legends.

Also taking to the Idol stage was American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who thrilled the audience with her performance of “One Step at a Time.” The single is the latest from Sparks’ self-titled debut album, which also produced the infectious singles “Tattoo” and “No Air,” the popular collaboration with Chris Brown.

Next week the Final Three finalists will be mentored by Bryan Adams as they perform songs from his extensive songbook for the Performance Episode airing Monday, September 1 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The following night, Adams takes over the Canadian Idol stage during the Results Episode at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, prior to the announcement of the 2008 Top 2 (visit idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The Top 2 perform for the nation one last time on Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET before the winner is announced in a star-studded results episode on Wednesday September 10, at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Featured in the two-hour finale are chart-topper Mariah Carey along with John Legend, Hedley, Canadian Idol Brian Melo, Idol’s newest cast member Jully Black and the Canadian Idol Top 10.

Tuesday, August 5
8 p.m.

It’s elimination night, and Tom Jones will perform on the Idol stage before one singer is sent home.

Monday, August 4
9pm

The Top 7 perform live on the Idol stage as Tom Jones coaches the competitors on U.K. Pop Hits.

Seven singers remain to perform in next week’s “U.K. Hits” episode, featuring previously confirmed guest star Tom Jones.

The superstar will mentor the Top 7 for the Performance Episode airing Monday, August 4 at 9 p.m. ET and then perform live on the Canadian Idol stage the following night, Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Canadian Idol Top 7 performing “U.K. Hits” next week are:

1. Mark Day, 20, Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL, Student, Respite Care Worker
2. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
3. Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto, Musician
4. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
5. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
6. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
7. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

She has sold more than 50 million albums and is one of Canada’s most enduring national treasures – and she’s coming to Canadian Idol. CTV announced tonight that multiple Grammy and JUNO Award winning singer Anne Murray will become the latest powerhouse mentor to share her considerable expertise and work with the Canadian Idol finalists as they perform selections from her legendary songbook on Monday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Murray will then perform on the Canadian Idol results episode on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET when the remaining Top 4 are revealed (visit idol.CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Murray joins an extensive list of accomplished musicians, including Bryan Adams, Tom Jones and Simple Plan, working with this season’s crop of Canadian Idol finalists. Tonight, former Bush front man Gavin Rossdale performed live on the program after mentoring the competitors for this weeks “Unplugged” episodes.

Recognized worldwide, Anne Murray’s signature voice has graced the airwaves for over 40 years. With a catalogue of hits, including, “A Little Good News”, “You Needed Me”, “Love Song”, “Could I Have This Dance” and “Snowbird”, Murray’s career continues to be the benchmark for longevity and professionalism.

The EMI recording artist has garnered countless accolades, including four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music Association Awards and a record number of JUNO Awards. Her latest CD, Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, was certified Platinum in three weeks and double Platinum in six weeks. It was her highest album debut in over 20 years. Murray recently completed a highly successful “Coast to Coast – One Last Time” Canadian tour and plans are underway for the release of a special holiday album at the end of September.

“Anne Murray is an icon and one of television’s biggest draws,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “What a treat for both Canadian Idol’s audience and for the competitors who will have the opportunity to learn from a legend.”

“We have been trying to land Anne Murray for years and we are thrilled to finally have her join us,” said Executive Producer John Brunton. “She is a true Canadian superstar and it will be a tremendous honour to have her mentor this year’s finalists.”