Canadian Idol

Canadian Idol Top 16 Group 1

It’s that time again. The first group of the Top 16 from Canadian Idol perform tonight

Martin Kerr
Coldplay - X & Y - Fix You Fix You

The performance sounds a little empty compared to the original. Definitely not the same passion but the vocal was solid.

Theo Tams
Colbie Caillat - Coco - Bubbly Bubbly

Great song by Colbie Caillat and a reasonably good performance by Theo. Singing a song by someone of the opposite sex is going to reduce the comparisons but it still didn’t seem as perky as I would have expected.

Amberly Thiessen
Jason Mraz - Waiting for My Rocket to Come - You and I Both You and I Both

Again, another song by someone of the opposite sex. In this instance though, there are some cracks in Amberly’s voice which aren’t going to do her any favours.

Adam Castelli
Bobby Darin - The Legendary Bobby Darin - If I Were a Carpenter If I were a Carpenter

This was by far Adam’s worst vocal performance. It started off shaky, was reasonable in the middle and ended shaky again.

Marie-Pierre Bellerose
Janis Joplin - Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits - Piece of My Heart Piece of My Heart

That was fantastic. The only criticism would be that she sounds exactly like Janis Joplin. Is impersonation worse than karaoke though?

Omar Lunan
Ronan Keating - If Tomorrow Never Comes - Single - If Tomorrow Never Comes If Tomorrow Never Comes

Are the monitors not working tonight? The vocals are all sounding off. I really don’t like this version of what is normally quite a good song.

Mark Day
Phil Collins - Phil Collins: Hits - Against All Odds Against All Odds

Again, what is it with the audio tonight? It really sounds as if everyone was struggling to hear the band tonight. I agree that it sounded a little over sung but I think that was definitely highlighted by the other problems.

Mookie Morris
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black: B-Sides - Valerie Valerie

I guess they had to save the best for last. Poor sound aside, it makes no difference to Mookie’s performance tonight. He’s still a star.

So, by my calculations, we have to say goodbye to 3 from group one this week. Adam, Mark and Martin are my picks to not make the Top 10 from this group. What do you think?

CTV announced today that five sponsors have stepped into the spotlight to support Season 6 of Canadian Idol, which continues with the Top 16 performances beginning Monday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to to confirm local broadcast times). All five sponsors – Kraft, Procter & Gamble, TELUS, TD Canada Trust and Subway Restaurants – are returning sponsors, with Kraft back for its fifth straight season. The sponsorships for the new season include show integrations and an online presence.

Back for a fifth year with a major sponsorship is Kraft, with KD Cups presenting the Canadian Idol Hometown Tour.

Procter & Gamble – also a major sponsor for Season 6 – returns for its third year, and will focus on Pantene, Gillette Fusion and Gillette Venus as they take over the Backstage Beauty Zone, offering hair tips and tricks and feature in-show integrations and an online extension at

Returning for a third season is TELUS, with in-show and online sponsorship as Canadian Idol’s official SMS partner, which allows clients to text their votes for competitors from their TELUS phones (standard text messaging rates apply).

TD Canada Trust also returns for a third year, with plans for in-show and online presence, including the Canadian Idol photo gallery at In-show integration will once again focus on the “TD Canada Trust Comfort Zone,” but with a twist. It will be seen exclusively during the Top 10 phase of the competition and weekly segments will feature one of the Top 10 Idols getting comfortable in the iconic TD Canada Trust green chairs as they chat about the competition.

Finally, returning to Canadian Idol is Season 3 sponsor Subway Restaurants, appearing in-show and through online extensions at with audition clips. Subway Restaurants branded cups will also be featured on the judges’ desk throughout the season.

Eight down, six to go as viewers whittle the Top 24 to the elite group of Top 10 finalists. Four more competitors have been eliminated from Canadian Idol tonight, leaving 16 to carry on and compete next week. The following competitors have received the fewest votes following performances on Monday and Tuesday and will not be moving forward in the competition:

Lisa Bell, 27, Winnipeg, Coffee Shop Manager
Performed: Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)

Paul Clifford, 26, Port Moody, BC, Bartender
Performed: Apparitions (Matthew Good Band)

Jesse Cottam, 23, Calgary, Music Teacher, Musician
Performed: Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)

Jessica Sheppard, 22, Toronto, Visual Manager
Performed: Umbrella (Rihanna – Mandy Moore Version)

Returning to the Canadian Idol stage to perform for viewer votes beginning Monday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to to confirm local listings) are:

1. Marie-Pierre Bellerose, 25, Quebec City, Bartender

2. Adam Castelli, 26, Hamilton, ON, Carpenter, Singer/Songwriter

3. Katelyn Dawn, 19, Winnipeg, Singer/Songwriter

4. Mark Day, 20, Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL, Student, Respite Care Worker

5. Martin Kerr, 25, Edmonton, Independent Singer/Songwriter

6. Omar Lunan, 29, Scarborough, ON, Registered Massage Therapist

7. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician

8. Gary Morissette, 21, Fruitvale, BC, Musician, Construction Worker

9. Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto, Musician

10. Oliver Pigott, 27, Toronto, Singer/Songwriter

11. Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto, Actor, Writer

12. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator

13. Katherine St-Laurent, 17, Otterburn Park, QC, Student

14. Theo Tams, 22, Lethbridge, AB, Student

15. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student

16. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

The Judges are picking four of the Top 20 to perform again tonight. Farley picks Theo Tams to come back and perform again.

Zack calls Amberly Thiessen out to perform again.

Jake selects Oliver Pigott to perform again. Sass wants to hear Omar Lunan again.

The bottom three contestants from each group are called out.

Lisa Bell, Marie-Pierre Bellerose and Paul Clifford are the bottom three from Monday and Jesse Cottam, Adam Castelli and Jessica Sheppard from Tuesday.

From Monday night, Paul Clifford is going home. From Tuesday night, is Jesse Cottam.

I’m pretty surprised that Jesse is going home. I suspected that he would have had some of the teenage girl vote keeping him around.

Lisa Bell is the second from Monday night to leave. Jessica Sheppard is the final contestant to leave.

Next week, the Top 10 will be decided.

See you Monday!

Canadian Idol 2008 Top 20 Group 2
Last night the first 10 of the top 20 performed. Tonight, the remaining 10 bid for your vote to keep them in the competition.

There was one definite standout for elimination for me last night. Will group two have at least one definite dud too?

Here’s the recap:

Adam Castelli
Wyclef Jean - Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring Refugee Allstars - Gone Till November Gone Till November

Not the greatest start to the show tonight. It was more yelling than singing. Good energy though.

Jessica Sheppard
Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Umbrella Umbrella

Singing one of the biggest songs of the decade needs to be done really well and not pitchy like this. Bad song choice by a long mile.

Jesse Cottam
The Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up the Girl - Iris Iris

When an artist digs on personal experience it does one of two things. It either makes a great connection with the song or invokes more emotion in the moment which results in messing things up. For me, it was the latter.

Theo Tams
Howie Day - Stop All the World Now - Collide Collide

Theo is such an accomplished pianist and can really sing. Great performance.

Katelyn Dawn
The Black Crowes - The Black Crowes: Greatest Hits 1990-1999 - A Tribute to a Work In Progress - She Talks to Angels She Talks To Angels

I’m not sure whether I liked that or not. It was certainly different from the original but like the judges said, I agree that there needed more grit in it.

Mitch MacDonald
Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things - I'm Yours I’m Yours

It’s a good song for Mitch but he sounds a little nervous. Pretty good acoustic set though.

Katherine St-Laurent
Sheryl Crow - The Very Best of Sheryl Crow - The First Cut Is the Deepest The First Cut is the Deepest

This is a nice version and Katherine connects with it pretty well. There is a nice little rasp in the back of her throat and her performance was really solid.

Omar Lunan
Bill Withers - Just As I Am - Ain't No Sunshine Aint No Sunshine

Omar is one smooth operator. There are some really nice technical aspects of his performance with his closing falsetto, superb.

Earl Stevenson
Bonnie Raitt - The Best of Bonnie Raitt - Something to Talk About Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

Great song but it seemed far too Karaoke to me.

Oliver Pigott
Joe Cocker - The Best of Joe Cocker - Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

Seriously, these Pigott boys have some real talent. They’re the ones to beat on Canadian Idol in 2008

Jessica and Adam are my picks from this group to be going home.

Now Get Voting

Canadian Idol Top 20 2008 Group 1
When you have three nights of Idol the next week sure does come around fast.

After saying farewell to 4 contestants last week the pressure is one the final 20 to pull out all the stops.

Tonight, 10 sing. Tomorrow, the other 10. On Wednesday, 4 more go home.

Here’s the recap.

Mark Day
Gavin DeGraw - Gavin DeGraw - In Love With a Girl In Love With a Girl

Mark is a very likable guy. He’s bound to be around for a while but he’s going to have to start matching his vocals with his performance.

Paul Clifford
Matthew Good Band - Underdogs - Apparitions Apparitions

It pains me to give anyone who plays a Takamine grief but some of those vocals were sounding a little strained. It was a little dull for me.

Drew Wright
Neverending White Lights - Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies - The Grace The Grace

What’s with all the boring songs tonight with wavering vocals? Somebody please wake me up!

Marie-Pierre Bellerose
Amanda Marshall - Amanda Marshall - Beautiful Goodbye Beautiful Goodbye

Seriously. What is with all the pitchy vocals tonight? There are some nice vocal moments that luckily make up for the pitchiness.

Mookie Morris
The Kooks - Inside In / Inside Out - Naive Naive

Mookie is such a good little rocker and performer. Finally a performance worthy of some real praise.

Sebastian Pigott
The Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream - Daydream Daydream

These Pigott Brothers are such accomplished musicians. The phrasing is awesome and he looks like such a pro.

Martin Kerr
Peter Gabriel - So - In Your Eyes In Your Eyes

This is a great song for Martin and suits his so well. Brings back some big memories of the eighties.

Lisa Bell
Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay - (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay Sittin’ on The Dock of the Bay

Lisa adds a nice change to what has been a typically rock driven show. Definitely nice to have some Soul in the mix.

Gary Morissette
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Certified Hits: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Mr. Bojangles Mr Bojangles

I’m struggling to really like this at all. The vocals are pretty poor and I think we have our first contender for elimination on Wednesday.

Amberly Thiessen
Bread - Best of Bread - Everything I Own Everything I Own

What a great song choice. Amberly has supplied Canada with a graceful, intimate and vulnerable performance.

Gary and Drew are my two picks to be leaving from tonight’s group. What about you?

Here are the voting details

Monday, July 28

The Top 8 perform live on the Idol stage.

Tuesday, July 29
8 p.m.

It’s elimination night, and one singer will be sent home.

Tuesday, July 8

The remaining competitors perform live on the Idol stage.

Wednesday, July 9
7:30 p.m

Find out tonight who will head into the Top 10, and who will go home.