Canadian Idol

As Canada said goodbye to the latest competitor to be eliminated, Quebec’s Katherine St-Laurent, Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney revealed the first group of music stars who will be appearing and performing on the series throughout the rest of the season. The remaining Top 8 finalists will work with some of the world’s most accomplished artists, including Canadian icon Bryan Adams, rockers Simple Plan, the legendary Tom Jones and – in next week’s “Unplugged” episode – former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. Additional guest stars will be announced as the season progresses.

St-Laurent, the youngest Idol competitor at 17 and a student from Otterburn Park, PQ, was eliminated tonight after receiving the fewest of more than 2.1 million votes cast following last night’s live performance episode, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven.” St-Laurent, who had performed Janis Joplin’s “Move Over,” was joined in the Bottom Three with Canadian Idol’s only remaining female finalist, Amberly Thiessen. Also in the Bottom Three was Sebastian Pigott, who escaped elimination for the second week in a row.

Tonight’s episode also featured the first of a long list of special guests who will perform on Canadian Idol this season. Season 5 runner-up Jaydee Bixby performed his hit single “Old Fashioned Girl” from his first CD, Cowboys and Cadillacs. Bixby’s CD just debuted at #1 this week on Nielsen SoundScan’s Country Chart and at #8 on the Top 100 chart.

While highlights from each week’s episodes continue to be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca, CTV also announced today that encore presentations of each week’s Canadian Idol Performance and Results Episodes will now air back-to-back Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMoreMusic.

Next week, Brit rocker and former Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale will coach the Top 8 finalists on acoustic performances in preparation for the series’ annual “Unplugged” episode, airing Monday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET, Rossdale will perform live on the Idol stage during the Top 8 Results Episode (visit idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Going “Unplugged” next week are the Canadian Idol Top 8:

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. Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto, Actor, Writer
5. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
6. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
7. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
8. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

Confirmed Canadian Idol guest stars:

Bryan Adams

One of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. Selling over 65 million records while touring six continents, Adams has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With memorable hits such as “Summer of 69″, “18 Til I Die” and “Heaven”, Bryan Adams has solidified his status among the great songwriters of our time.

Adams has been awarded the Order of Canada for both his contribution to popular music and his philanthropic work, and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998. More recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2006 JUNO Awards. Additionally, he has been nominated for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes for his songwriting.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones is easily one of the most notable performers to come out of the British Invasion. With a style all his own and leaving no genre untouched, Jones has rocked the charts since the early 1960s when his song, “It’s Not Unusual” became a #1 hit in the UK and a Top 10 hit in the U.S. From pop to rock, show tunes to country and dance to techno, Jones has the ability to sing everything. From having his own television show, to performing on the Las Vegas Strip for 40 years, Jones has done it all. With a dominating stage presence, he continues to be an influential and vibrant force in the music industry to this day as he tours around the world. Some of his greatest hits include: “What’s New Pussycat” (1965), “She’s a Lady” (1971), “Kiss,” a collaboration with Prince (1988) and, most recently, “Stoned in Love” (2006). His newest album is scheduled for release later this year.

Simple Plan

Montreal-based pop punk band Simple Plan is known for having an extremely fierce live show. Selling seven million copies of their CDs worldwide, the quintet’s catalogue includes 2002’s double-platinum No Pads…No Helmets…Just Balls and 2004’s four-time platinum Still Not Getting Any. They re-entered the studio in June of 2007 to record their latest release, simply titled Simple Plan, which incorporates an eclectic mix of new collaborators such as Nate “Danja” Hills (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Duran Duran, Nelly Furtado), Max Martin (James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne) and Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne).

Simple Plan is now ready to take their latest album where the band feels best – on the road. The group, comprised of Pierre Bouvier (vocals), Chuck Comeau (drums, backing vocals), David Desrosiers (bass, backing vocals), Sebastien Lefebvre (guitar, backing vocals) and Jeff Stinco (lead guitar), has rehearsed extensively to work the new material into live performance shape and is confident it will rock its fans just as hard as its two predecessors. The band will embark on a national tour beginning in August.

Gavin Rossdale

From the mid-‘90s into the early 21st century, Gavin Rossdale was seeing much of the world from the stage of an ever-changing procession of theatres, arenas and stadiums as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Bush, a band that first came together in the Shepherd’s Bush area of London in the early 1990s. Right from their 1994 debut Sixteen Stone, Bush connected powerfully with post-grunge America through a series of jagged yet infectious hit songs including “Everything’s Zen,” “Little Things,” “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machine Head,” “Swallowed” and “The Chemicals Between Us.” With his solo debut, WANDERlust, Rossdale has brought it all back home on a vivid, widescreen rock album that found him working closely with famed Canadian producer Bob Rock.

Additional guest stars will be announced in the coming weeks.


One more goes home tonight. The top 9 perform their weekly medley including The Mamas and the Papas - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Mamas and The Papas - Dream a Little Dream of Me (with Introduction) Dream a Little Dream of Me, The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Experience Hendrix - The Best of Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze Purple Haze and Elvis Presley - Elvis 30 #1 Hits - A Little Less Conversation A Little Less Conversation.

Last years runner up, Jaydee Bixby, performs his new song Jaydee Bixby - Cowboys and Cadillacs - Old Fashioned Girl Old Fashioned Girl.

Other guests to perform this year will include Simple Plan, Gavin Rossrale, Bryan Adams and Tom Jones.

And to the results. Safe are: Theo Tams, Earl Stevenson, Mark Day, Drew Wright, Mitch MacDonald and Mookie Morris.

The bottom three are:
Katherine St-Laurent
Sebastian Pigott
Amberly Thiessen

I have to say, I’m quite surprised to see Amberly in the bottom three. It’s all good though as she’s saved.

Going home this week is Katherine St-Laurent.

On Monday, the Top 8 will be unplugged with Gavin Rossdale. See you then.

Canadian Idol Top 9
Another week, another theme. This week the top 9 can perform any rock and roll song as long as the original artist is dead.

Tonight there will be songs from the 1950’s all the way up to 2003.

Here’s tonight’s recap:

Theo Tams
Bob Marley - Legend (Remastered) [Bonus Tracks] - No Woman No Cry No Woman No Cry
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I really like Theo’s performance style. He’s pretty smooth and well presented. He’s very consistent.

Mitch MacDonald
The Jeff Healey Band - Master Hits: The Jeff Healey Band - Angel Eyes Angel Eyes
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I never thought Mitch should have been in the Top 10. Tonight he’s proved why. Shocking vocal!

Earl Stevenson
The Doors - The Very Best of the Doors (Bonus Track Version) - Light My Fire Light My Fire
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What a great performance. That song and Earl fit hand in glove. Fantastic song choice and great charisma.

Sebastian Pigott
Elvis Presley - Hitstory - Love Me Love Me
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I was surprised to see Sebastian in the bottom 3 last week but I wont be if he’s there again this week. There was nothing special about that performance and in fact, it was more of an Elvis impersonation than anything.

Katherine St-Laurent
Janis Joplin - Pearl (Legacy Edition) - Move Over Move Over
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Possibly a good song choice but the vocals just aren’t that great. The performance was a little flat and not full of the energy it probably deserved.

Drew Wright
Blind Melon - The Best of Blind Melon - No Rain No Rain
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I think Drew moved around too much for the song. It feels like he’s over doing it and trying to make up for Katherine’s lack of energy in her performance.

Mookie Morris
James Brown - James Brown: Make It Funky - The Big Payback 1971-1975 - I Feel Good I Feel Good
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Mookie is owning the show tonight. Wandering out into the audience and really showing everyone how it’s supposed to be done.

Amberly Thiessen
Bob Marley - Legend (Remastered) [Bonus Tracks] - Redemption Song Redemption Song
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This is pleasant. The most vulnerable performance of the night. The highlight of the night for me.

Mark Day
Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father - Dance With My Father Dance With My Father
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A much better performance than last week and a song much better suited to him. I doubt he’ll be going this week.

Bottom three for tomorrow night? My picks are Mitch MacDonald, Sebastian Pigott and Katherine St-Laurent.

Don’t Forget to Vote

Now that drew has made it to the top 9 you must vote to keep him in the compition!! Vote for him as many times as you can,If you wan’t him to stay that is.Please don’t let him leave the show earlier than he should VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Ten Media Idol finalists – but only one winner. Some kept to the original track, while others changed things up with a remix, but each Media Idol finalist did it for charity. In the end, Ann MacGregor of Pictou County, Nova Scotia’s CKEC 94.1 East Coast FM captured the highest number of votes for her enthusiastic performance of “The Twinkle Remix: Part II,” her own creative rendition of the classic “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

The 10 regional finalists competing on behalf of media outlets across the country spent three days in Toronto this week getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Canadian Idol experience. It was a whirlwind trip, as each of the competitors shot their final Top 10 videos, which appeared on idol.CTV.ca for the public to vote on once more.

“I feel very loved right now,” said MacGregor of her win. “I would not be here without the support of friends, family and our listeners. And although I’m not the best singer in the bunch, I did it to raise awareness and money for the SPCA.”

Chosen during the 2008 Canadian Idol national audition tour, the regional media winners earned a combined $10,000 for the charities of their choice before joining the Top 10 Canadian Idols on an expenses-paid trip to Toronto this week. The finalists were treated to a taste of life as an Idol, rehearsing their songs with Canadian Idol and American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd and receiving advice during a style session with Canadian Idol wardrobe consultants.

Nine remain in the race for the Canadian Idol title as Hamilton’s Adam Castelli was revealed tonight as receiving the fewest number of votes this week. The Top 9 finalists now begin preparing for the next round of the competition when they pay homage to some of their favourite departed musicians during Rock and Roll Heaven week on Monday, July 21 at the new time of 9 p.m. ET on CTV (go to idol.CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Then, on Tuesday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET during the Top 9 results show, Season 5 runner-up and fan favourite Jaydee Bixby returns home to Canadian Idol for a special performance.

The Top 9 returning to the Canadian Idol stage to perform for viewer votes on Monday 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. Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto, Actor, Writer
5. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
6. Katherine St-Laurent, 17, Otterburn Park, QC, Student
7. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
8. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
9. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

Adam Castelli is eliminated

Someone is about to be embarrassingly eliminated first tonight. Before we get to the results though, the Top 10 sing some more Bowie. David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Golden Years Golden Years, David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Changes Changes, David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Fame Fame and David Bowie - Let's Dance - Modern Love Modern Love. All of those songs should have been performed last night. Definitely some of Bowie’s best songs.

Plugs for Flashpoint with a couple of the actors in the audience tonight.

Being a Canadian Idol has it’s perks. The Top 10 have all been given smartphones from Telus with a years free service and unlimited broadband. Wicked!

To the results. Mitch MacDonald, Earl Stevenson and Mark Day are all staying. Drew Wright is safe but Sebastian Pigott is in the bottom three. Amberly Thiessen is safe but Mookie Morris is in the bottom three. Say what?! Two of the best in the bottom. Katherine St-Laurent is safe along with Theo Tams leaving Adam Castelli in the bottom three.

It has to be Adam going. Mookie and Sebastian should make top 5. Very surprising result.

Heading home tonight is Adam Castelli

Canadian Idol Top 10

After weeks of auditions, performances and eliminations we have arrived at the top 10. Tonight the top 10 are performing the music of David Bowie David Bowie.

Drew Wright
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Five Years Five Years
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When was the last time you saw someone sing solo on stage behind a set of drums? He sang it reasonably well and as Jake points out, his phrasing was great due to his rhythmic thing.

Adam Castelli
David Bowie - Best of Bowie - Rebel Rebel Rebel Rebel
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The vocals weren’t too hot at the start but once he got into the song it was quite good.

Mark Day
David Bowie & Mick Jagger - Best of Bowie - Dancing In the Streets Dancing In The Streets
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Mark is a weird one. Sex appeal? Unlikely. A very strange, strange performance. What was with that dancing?

Mookie Morris
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World - The Man Who Sold the World The Man Who Sold the World
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It was kind of a cool song, but just a little boring. Where has Mookie the rock star gone?

Amberly Thiessen
David Bowie - Space Oddity - Space Oddity Space Odity
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It was a little uninspiring and lacking in intensity. I hope she doesn’t miss her chance to show that vulnerability again and give us that killer performance.

Sebastian Pigott
David Bowie - The Best of David Bowie (1969-74) - Let's Spend the Night Together Let’s Spend the Night Together
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Once again Sebastian shows how much of a pro he is by performing as if nothing was wrong and rocked it out anyway.

Earl Stevenson
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide Rock and Roll Suicide
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This I like. I haven’t really liked Earl’s last few performances but this was hot!

Katherine St-Laurent
David Bowie - Let's Dance - Cat People (Puting Out Fire) Cat People
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Nope. I didn’t really like this performance. I’m not sure this was the best Bowie song Katherine could have performed. Better luck next time.

Theo Tams
David Bowie - The Deram Anthology 1966-1968 - Silly Boy Blue Silly Boy blue
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If Theo doesn’t make it through to the final few I will be very surprised. He definitely has to be one of the favourites to win this thing.

Mitch MacDonald
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - Moonage Daydream Moonage Daydream
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This was much better from Mitch this week. A huge improvement.

Bottom three for me this week? Mark Day, Amberly Thiessen and Adam Castelli.

What do you think?

After 3 weeks of performances and slowly eliminating contestants, tonight the final 10 was announced for Canadian Idol.

The Top 10 are: Mark Day, Drew Wright, Mookie Morris, Earl Stevenson, Katherine St-Laurent, Theo Tams, Amberly Thiessen, Mitch MacDonald, Adam Castelli and Sebastian Pigott.

Here’s how it happened.

Martin Kerr and Gary Morissette are first to be eliminated while Mark Day and Drew Wright get to move to the Top 10 stools.

Mookie Morris and Theo Tams from group one and Earl Stevenson and Kathryn St-Laurent from group two are called the center of the stage. They’re all part of the Top 10.

Amberly Thiessen and Omar Lunan join Katelyn Dawn and Mitch MacDonald on stage. Omar is cut along with Katelyn.

Adam Castelli is through to the Top 10 while Marie-Pierre Bellerose is cut.

The Pigott brothers are the final two to be given their results. Sebastian is in while Oliver is out.

Canadian Idol Top 10

What do you think about the Top 10? I’m certainly surprised by a few of the choices.

Here’s hoping that the sound has been sorted for tonights show and that our Idols can actually hear the music they’re singing to.

Five of these singers will make it through to the Top 10. 3 will be going home. Make Sure You Vote

Mitch MacDonald
The Jayhawks - WDST 25th Anniversary - Blue Blue
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Nope. Either the sound hasn’t been rectified or Mitch just wants to go home tomorrow.

Gary Morissette
The Animals - Goodbye Baby - House of the Rising Sun House of the Rising Sun
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I’m not sure what it is about this week but apart from a couple of contestants it really does sound like amateur hour. Gary is a better guitarist than a singer. I bet there are a few people that got scared by that performance.

Katelyn Dawn
The Cranberries - The Cranberries: Stars - The Best of 1992-2002 - Zombie Zombie
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I really like this performance. It doesn’t sound like another Cranberries imitation which makes the version really appealing.

Oliver Pigott
Bill Withers - The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me - Lean On Me Lean On Me
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It’s always refreshing when you hear an old song given a new lease of life. Particularly when it’s one that has been given so many different thrashings over the years. It just goes to show how much talent these Pigott boys have.

Sebastian Pigott
Sam Cooke - 30 Greatest Hits - Sam Cooke Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 - Bring It On Home to Me Bring It On Home to Me
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This was a little sleepy from Sebastian this week. I was a little underwhelmed by that performance.

Earl Stevenson
Bob Dylan - The Essential Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone Like A Rolling Stone
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I really liked Earl in the first week of the Top 24 but he, like Sebastian, was a little underwhelming. The potential is definitely there but there is something missing for me.

Katherine St-Laurent
Pat Benatar - Greatest Hits - Love Is a Battlefield Love Is a Battlefield
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Katherine isn’t too bad in this performance but I can’t say the same things about the backing vocalist. I’m still in love with that rasp in her voice.

Drew Wright
Hoobastank - The Reason - The Reason The Reason
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Another song that has been thrashed to death on radio around the world gets some Drew treatment. And while the vocals are pretty tight at the start they drift once the chorus arrives and his voice strains to hit the notes. Performance wise it was a bit dull.

Three people are leaving tomorrow night and I’m picking it will be Mitch, Gary and Drew. What do you think?