Brian Melo crowned next Canadian Idol

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2007-09-12 21:41

Hamilton's Brian Melo has beaten out Jaydee Bixby for the title of Canadian Idol in 2007 and has released the winners single Brian Melo - All I Ever Wanted - Single - All I Ever Wanted All I Ever Wanted.

Almost 5 million votes were cast to decide this years winner.

Congratulations Brian

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Kalan Porter's Walk On Home the new eviction song

Submitted by The Critic on Mon, 2007-07-23 18:05

First it was Daniel Powter's Bad Day. Then it was Chris Daughtry's Home. Now, Canadian Idol has followed the eviction song trend from American Idol in the hopes that they too can skyrocket a single to the top of the charts.

Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter's single Walk on Home will be played during the weekly eviction shows and should put him in good stead for another #1.

Lyrics can be found here

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Eva Avila wins Canadian Idol 4

Submitted by The Critic on Sun, 2006-09-17 20:24
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Canadian Idol Top 3

Submitted by The Critic on Mon, 2006-09-04 19:32

So finally we're down to the Top 3. Craig Sharpe, Tyler Lewis and my favourite, Eva Avila. Performing the standards in the second to last round is a little weird for me. I would have thought they would have been trying to narrow down the pop aspects of the show at this point.

Who are you picking to win and who do you think will do home tomorrow?

Canadian Idol Episode 19 - Top 8 Performance Show

Submitted by The Critic on Tue, 2006-08-01 01:57

Two down. Seven to go. One Canadian Idol. Last week it was Sarah Loverock's turn to go so she gets to miss out on singing hits from the eighties!

This week our idols got to work with one of the eighties true legends - Cyndi Lauper Cindi Lauper

Ben makes a joke in refenrence to Cindi's Cyndi Lauper - The Essential: Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun Girl's Just Want to have Fun by saying that the judges, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Zack Werner and Farley Flex also want to have fun.

Ben introduces our Idols and it's time time to get rockin'... Eighties style!

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First up we get to see who Cindi was in the Eighties. She's got a new acoustic album out of her hits called Cyndi Lauper - The Body Acoustic The Body Acoustic

Brandon Jones
Song choice:
Bon Jovi - New Jersey - I'll Be There for You I'll be there for you
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6501
TXT Vote to 436501
My Thoughts: Brandon is a bit off tonight. Perhaps it's the backing vocalist who is putting him off but he's way too pitchy for me.
Jake: That was your best performance you've ever done on the show.
Sass: I have to agree with Jake
Farley: The people that love you, now adore you
Zack: You passed the test

Craig Sharpe
Song choice:
Bette Midler - Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits - Wind Beneath My Wings (LP Version) Wind Beneath My Wings
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6502
TXT Vote to 436502
My Thoughts: I actually like Craig this week and he's finally looking like a pop star. Great performance.
Jake: I would like to see you do something a little out of your element next week
Sass: The day you make a record you need to do that song because you absolutely owned it.
Farley: That was perfect
Zack: I think you've got that George Michael potential so I'm completely on your side.

Rob James
Song choice: Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet - You Give Love a Bad Name You Give Love a Bad Name
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6503
TXT Vote to 436503
My Thoughts: No Sir. I don't like it. Next!
Jake: You took over the stage and blew the room up
Sass: I'm floored. That was awesome. I never expected you to do that.
Farley: Way to go Man!
Zack: Winnipeg don't take no $h!t

Steffi D
Song choice: Talk Talk - It's My Life - It's My Life It's My Life
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6504
TXT Vote to 436504
My Thoughts: Man... EVERYONE is pitchy tonight. She's got great attitude in the song but I don't think it's really who she is.
Jake: That was so exciting and you meant it so much
Sass: No one can argue with that performance
Farley: Good good good work!
Zack: You will be the most famous person ever associated with this show

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Chad Doucette
Song choice:
INXS - Kick - Never Tear Us Apart Never Tear Us Apart
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6505
TXT Vote to 436505
My Thoughts: Finally. A performance that isn't all over the show vocally. Oops. Maybe not. I'm not entirely convinced by that performance.
Jake: Great song for you.
Sass: That was one of the most convincing performances you've ever given
Farley: Stay who you are
Zack: That was a pretty icky vocal performance. I did you but I didn't dig that

Eva Avila
Song choice:
Billy Idol - Billy Idol - White Wedding, Pt. 1 White Wedding
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6506
TXT Vote to 436506
My Thoughts: This is a great performance. Plenty of good big notes and attitude. Performance of the night so far.
Jake: I especially loved how you came out and did something that we've never seen you do before and you meant it
Sass: You're all so angry tonight. I'm really enjoying it
Farley: This era of music has so much character and it's great to see you all getting into character and being believable
Zack: If you lived and breathed rock and roll you could really rock

Tyler Lewis
Song choice:
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection - Here I Go Again Here I Go Again
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6507
TXT Vote to 436507
My Thoughts: The performances are certainly getting better as tonight's show goes on. Ok. I just figured out that the backing vocalist is the problem tonight. His harmonies are terrible and seem to be putting the contestants off their key. Someone sack him.
Jake: I really think I need to see something else from you
Sass: I think you know what you do good and you do it well
Farley: Good job. Best top eight ever.
Zack: As a rocker, not so much. As country, yes

Ashley Coulter
Song choice:
The Bangles - Everything - Eternal Flame Eternal Flame
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6508
TXT Vote to 436508
My Thoughts: I feel for sorry for Ashley's hair. She looks like Annie Lennox! Certainly not the big finale to the show that I was expecting although the big note at the end is nice. A little disappointed that it got cut short.
Jake: On a night that has been outstanding, that was the best
Sass: That was by far the best performance that you've done
Farley: This was phenomenal. That was cooking
Zack: There is a real good chance that you are the next Canadian Idol

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Canadian Idol Episode 17 - Top 9 Performance Review

Submitted by The Critic on Mon, 2006-07-24 21:18

Last week our Canadian Idols performed hits from their fellow countrymen. It was a great show with some fantastic songs but Kati Durst's country tones failed to win over the public vote and Tuesday night saw the elimination gallows falling on her as she was sent home.

Tonight our remaining nine contestants will rock the house and sing the songs of The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones.

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Chad Doucette
Song choice:
The Rolling Stones - Love You Live - You Can't Always Get What You Want You Can't Always Get What You Want
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6501
TXT Vote to 436501
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

Eva Avila
Song choice:
The Rolling Stones - Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones - Wild Horses Wild Horses
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6502
TXT Vote to 436502
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

Tyler Lewis
Song choice:
The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 - Paint It Black Paint It Black
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6503
TXT Vote to 436503
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

Sarah Loverock
Song choice: The Rolling Stones - The Holy Goats - Stray Cat Blues Stray Cat Blues
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6504
TXT Vote to 436504
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

Brandon Jones
Song choice:
The Rolling Stones - Flashpoint - Jumpin' Jack Flash Jumpin' Jack Flash
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6505
TXT Vote to 436505
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

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Ashley Coulter
Song choice:
The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 - Gimme Shelter Gimme Shelter
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6506
TXT Vote to 436506
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

Rob James
Song choice: The Rolling Stones - Still Life (American Concert 1981) - Start Me Up Start Me Up
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6507
TXT Vote to 436507
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

Steffi D
Song choice: The Rolling Stones - Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones - Miss You Miss You
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6508
TXT Vote to 436508
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

Craig Sharpe
Song choice:
The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 - Time Is On My Side Time Is On My Side
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6509
TXT Vote to 436509
My Thoughts:
Jake:
Sass:
Farley:
Zack:

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Canadian Idol Episode 15 - Top 10 Performance Review

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2006-07-20 18:15

Emerging from a crowd of 12,000. Outlasting the very best of the top 200 in Toronto. For one punishing week they endured to make it into the top 22. Then Canada voted and the cream of the crop, rose to the top to make it into your Canadian Idol Top 10. Tonight, the final race begins as we head towards crowning the next Canadian Idol.

Nelly Furtado - Loose

Ben Mulroney anounces that it's a special 90 minute show tonight in front of a packed house at the John Bassett Theatre. It's Canada Rocks night tonight so our top 10 are performing hits from the top Canadian artists. Not only that, the contestants have worked with Nelly Furtado Nelly Furtado, whose new album Loose debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200, this week.

Ben introduces our four judges and asks Jake why Canadian artists are so loved around the world. Jake quotes Ronny Hawkins, a non-Canadian, who said Canadians have to work ten times as hard to get one tenth as far. Jake thinks most Canadians do work that hard and are respected around the world for their work ethic.

Ben then asks Sass as to how the contestants are going to handle the big stage considering that Canadians are generally known as humble people. Sass doesn't think that there's anything wrong with a little ego-mania when you're a performer and thinks that it's, in fact, a necessary thing and hopes that they're not too humble.

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Zack adds that with a full band behind the contestants that Canadian Idol really is the voice of Canadian Music. And with that, we're underway. Ben introduces the Top 10 and then we take a behind the scenes look at our contestants as they prepare to take the stage.

Steffi DiDomenicantonio tells us that entertainment is her absolute calling and what she wants to do for the rest of her life. Despite already having a top 10 hit, Rob James says making the Top 10 of Canadian Idol is his best acheivement to date. Sarah Loverock says she's there thanks to the support of her family. Tyler Lewis has a lot of community support from his small home town of Rockglen. Kati Durst says that her Canadian Idol experience has given her the opportunity to be 24/7 in the world she wants to live in.

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Sarah Loverock
Song choice: Tom Cochrane - Mad Mad World - Life Is a Highway Life Is A Highway
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6501
TXT Vote to 436501
My Thoughts: The song sounds too low for Sarah and it's too big for her voice. The band is rocking but she sounds too soft.
Jake: It wasn't too great for me in the first verse but you kicked it after that.
Sass: The key sounded a little too low for you at the beginning but your presentation and assuredness was a joy to watch.
Farley: I also thought the key was a bit low.
Zack: I thought you stepped up on a serious level. Good for you.

Rob James
Song choice: The Philosopher Kings Hurts to Love You
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6502
TXT Vote to 436502
My Thoughts: Rob sounds a little pitchy at the start but once he gets into the chorus he seems to loosen up again. He's spending a lot of the song in his falsetto. His voice doesn't really sound too strong through a lot of this song but his big note at the end makes up for it.
Jake: Last week we said that was the best performance you ever did. I was wrong. That was.
Sass: The heart throb that you really are is coming out.
Farley: It's amazing to hear you sing like that and be animated. It's going to win people over week by week.
Zack: I thought you were a bit shakey in your falsetto but you killed that note at the end which I guess balances things out. You've got to chill just a little bit so it feels a bit more genuine.

Steffi D
Song choice: Alone in the Universe
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6503
TXT Vote to 436503
My Thoughts: While I normally love a contestant who does something different but starting off first week lying on the floor makes a hard act to follow every week. Steffi doesn't sound as good as she has and I'm not sure she's really singing to her style tonight.
Jake: Don't lose the bow. What a great performance.
Sass: That was a lovely, heartfelt performance. And you look great tonight.
Farley: I thought that was a great performance and you really challenged yourself. Little Bo Peep has found her sheep.
Zack: You've got unique tone, unique presence and I think your growth is the biggest of anyone else around.

Tyler Lewis
Song choice:
Nickelback - Silver Side Up - Too Bad Too Bad
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6504
TXT Vote to 436504
My Thoughts: Tyler is a little pitchy but his performance is pretty good. Including the throwing away of his mic stand. Actually, some of those notes at the end were rather nasty.
Jake: You couldn't have picked a better song for your voice.
Sass: You kicked it.
Farley: To put it plain and simple, you're a small town country kid who rocked the big city.
Zack: If Chad looked like you then maybe they would have sold another bazillion records. That was imitated but that's what you are. Meat. Potatoes. No Chaser.

Kati Durst
Song choice:
The Band - Northern Lights-Southern Cross (Remastered) - It Makes No Difference It Makes No Difference
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6505
TXT Vote to 436505
My Thoughts: Sitting on her stool and singing below the note is not going to help her cause even with the excuse that she was singing with a country twang. Surely there are better Canadian songs than this to have chosen to sing.
Jake: Really tough song choice. I thought it was a decent job but I want to say how great you look tonight.
Sass: I must commend you on your choice of music. That's one of the greatest songs ever.
Farley: That performance didn't really grab me.
Zack: I thought that was as if you were singing in your lounge, singing it as you would sing it at home. Whether you're short on pipes to actually be competitive, I thought that was your most honest performance so far.

Brandon Jones small town of 10,000 people are all fully behind him in support of his Canadian Idol quest. Craig Sharpe says his parents have kept him pretty grounded. Ashley Coulter introduces us to her huge family and band. Chad Doucette parents knew that he had something special. Eva Avila's parents think she's a real star.

Brandon Jones
Song choice:
Wave - Nothing As It Seems - California California
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6506
TXT Vote to 436506
My Thoughts: I quite like Brandon's tone. He's a real bundle of energy bouncing around the stage but he is a little out of breath. His pitch is really nice too.
Jake: It really worked for you and it was really nice that you thanked the band at the end.
Sass: It's so good seeing you pick a song that has as much energy as you. You're like a puppy that we all want to snuffle. It's adorable.
Farley: I thought the energy behind it was great. I really enjoyed it.
Zack: I can't help but see you as the lead character in a revenge of the nerds movie but it was the first time your hip hop moves made sense.

Craig Sharpe
Song choice:
Avril Lavigne - Avril Live - Try to Shut Me Up - Losing Grip Losing Grip
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6507
TXT Vote to 436507
My Thoughts: I think Craig has a really unique tone but it's just not working for a rock song. He looks, and sounds, like he should be part of a boy band.
Jake: I felt the same way about that performance as I did the first time I saw Avril sing it at the Junos. Wow.
Sass: I like the fact that you're one hell of a drama queen as well as a great singer.
Farley: The song choice in this competition has been phenomenal. Well done.
Zack: I thought you were going to put me in NSync pergatory for a while but you've stood up and done something really cool. Be a star.

Ashley Coulter
Song choice:
The Guess Who - American Woman - American Woman American Woman
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6508
TXT Vote to 436508
My Thoughts: I quite like Ashley's energy despite the fact that I can't stand the song. One of the best performances of the night I think.
Jake: I thought you did so well with the band.
Sass: Anyone who can do that on those shoes deserves that applause.
Farley: That was really a wonderful development for you.
Zack: The people reacted to you because you came off as a genuine rockstar.

Chad Doucette
Song choice:
Sloan - Pretty Together - The Other Man The Other Man
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6509
TXT Vote to 436509
My Thoughts: I think Chad has connected with many young girls with those deep eyes of his tonight despite being a little pitchy in places.
Jake: You did a good job.
Sass: I think you're holding out on us.
Farley: I'd like to remind Canada that this boy is only 17 but he is the man.
Zack: I think you have a massive career ahead of you and I just hope we wont hold you back.

Eva Avila
Song choice:
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want) - Single - Powerless (Say What You Want) Powerless
Ph Vote: 1 866 943 6510
TXT Vote to 436510
My Thoughts: It's nice to have a tribute to Nelly Furtado on the show but Eva doesn't seem to really have the same big voice. She's looking hot on stage but I don't think it was the best song choice for her.
Jake: That was the perfect song for you.
Sass: I think you guys have your work cut out for you trying to top these performances. That was insanely great. Definitely were not powerless.
Farley: What a way to finish the show. That was a signature performance for me.
Zack: That felt genuine and a record that you had made. I think the rest of the competition is going to be about who is going to chase Eva.

Voting Numbers and Voting Information

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Canadian Idol top 18 becomes Top 14

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2006-07-06 12:46
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The Canadian Idol journey has ended for another 4 hopefuls as last night Alyssa Klazek, Greg Neufeld, Alisha Nauth and Chris Labelle were sent packing by the Canadian public in what has been touted as a shock result with such great talent leaving so early in the voting process.

I certainly expected Greg and Alisha to be around for a while yet. What are your thoughts on last night's elimination?

First contestants Eliminated from Canadian Idol Top 22

Submitted by The Critic on Sat, 2006-07-01 12:24
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The first four contestants to be eliminated from the Top 22 of this season of Canadian Idol were Jeremy Koz, Valerie Jalbert, Anna-Belle Oliva and Nathan Brown.

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Canadian Idol Top 22 Announced

Submitted by The Critic on Tue, 2006-06-20 22:29

The following contestants have made it through to the next round of Canadian Idol

The Guys:
Brandon Jones | Chad Doucette | Chris Labelle | Craig Sharpe | Greg Neufeld | Jeremy Koz | Keith MacPherson | Nathan Brown | Rob James | Sheldon Elter | Tyler Lewis

The Girls:
Alisha Nauth | Alyssa Klazek | Anna-Belle Oliva | Ashley Coles | Ashley Coulter | Eva Avila | Kati Durst | Nancy Silverman | Sarah Loverock | Steffi DiDomenicantonio | Valerie Jalbert

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