the Top 22 is revealed on Canadian Idol, and I, for one, cannot wait. I’m getting hooked on this show. There’s some great talent this year, particularly among the males, and there are quite a few musicians mixed into this bunch. CI is going to be a great way to while away the summer. I’m excited!
Around 10 pm, the videos will appear here, courtesy of the awesome igrecman. I’ll post each video as they arrive. Look for them after the jump. Canadians and border dwellers? The show starts in a few minutes on the East coast, feel free to start a discussion! If you can’t wait an hour, VFTW has some spoilers HERE.
Update: The big twist tonight? The first Top 24 in Canadian Idol history was revealed. Of course, not to be outdone by super-twistyness, there are more boys–15! and only 9 girls. I actually have no idea how they are going to manage this during the semis. Lots of talented boys in this lot, but many of them are really similar in style–rocker/singer-songwriter types with guitars. They will quickly begin to cancel each other out, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see a girl as the last one standing…
But we’ll see! If you haven’t already, check out the videos. There’s tons of talent amongst the girls and the boys. CI is an awesome thing for those of us who need an Idol fix. Below, is the Top 24. After the jump, videos and a longer recap.
- Lindsay Barr, 26, Halifax
- Lisa Bell, 27, Winnipeg
- Marie-Pierre Bellerose, 25, Quebec City
- Adam Castelli, 26, Hamilton
- Paul Clifford, 26, Port Moody, B.C.
- Jesse Cottam, 23, Calgary
- Mark Day, 20, Portugal Cove, Nfld.
- Katelyn Dawn, 19, Winnipeg
- Shaun Francisco, 25, Vancouver
- Martin Kerr, 25, Edmonton
- Omar Lunan, 29, Toronto
- Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hope, N.S.
- Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto
- Gary Morissette, 21, Fruitvale, B.C.
- Tetiana Ostapowych, 25, Toronto
- Oliver Pigott, 27, Toronto
- Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto
- Lindsay Robins, 21, Montreal
- Katherine St-Laurent, 17, Otterburn Park, Que.
- Jessica Sheppard, 22, Toronto
- Earl Stevenson, 22, Lloydminster, Alta.
- Theo Tams, 22, Lethbridge, Alta.
- Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, Alta.
- Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, Ont.
Video is UP…After the JUMP…
The episode picks up after the last group number. The look on Marie-Pierre Bellarose’s face when it looked like Lisa Bell would go though and she wouldn’t. KILL THAT BITCH. As soon as she found out she made it too, she turned and gave Lisa a big hug. MEOW!
The next day, the remaining contestants sing for the judges one more time. Then, they face the judges to find out whether they made the cut or not. At the very end of the episode, the math gets crazy. It turns out they are letting in more boys than girls, and there will be a Top 24 competing in the semi’s. Here’s a summary of who sang what, and whether they made the cut or not.
Mookie Morris, 18 – Toronto, ON – “These Eyes” by the Guess Who – He’s a good guitar player, but he contorts his mouth when he sings, it’s a little distracting. He might get lost in the sea of boys. TOP 24
Omar Lunan, 29 – Scarborough, ON – OMG. Before he performs, he launches into this huge story about his brother who was killed. He’s a good singer. Manipulation not needed! – TOP 24.
Sebastian Pigott, 25 – Toronto, ON – “Your Cheating Heart” by Hank Williams – Took me a bit to recognize the song. Nice Job! The competition between Sebastian and his brother Oliver will be a major backstory in the weeks to come, I’m sure. TOP 24
Oliver Pigott, 27 – Toronto, ON – “Umbrella” by Rihanna – Wow, way to stand out, dude! Took me a minute to bit to catch on here, too. TOP 24
Kristine Lankinen 23 – Kanata, ON – I have no idea what she sang. And she still sucks. ELIMINATED.
Vincent Vorkpor 23, Vancouver BC – “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5. OMG. His English. He sings like Eddie Murphy doing Buckwheat. ELIMINATED.
Ramil Omosura 23, Vancouver BC – He sang some shouty thing. ELIMINATED – Aw, he was balling his eyes out when he heard the news.
Jade Padua 19, Pickering, ON – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie – EEP she sounds like Minnie Mouse! – ELIMINATED
Mitch MacDonald, 22, Cape Breton, NS – “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 – Hm. He didn’t stand out as well as he did during his audition. – TOP 24
Drew Wright 28, Collingwood, ON – “She Wil Be Loved” by Maroon 5 – He lost his grandmother. His family couldn’t be with him. He adds some nice little twists to the song. I like his unique interpretation. He’s one of the unseen and could also get lost amongst the sea of boys. I see something here. I hope he breaks out. It happens! Heh. – TOP 24
Katelyn Dawn 19 Winnipeg, MB – “Umbrella” by Rihanna – Forgot her words, Rhu rho! No matter, she’s still TOP 24.
Earl Stevenson, 22 – Lloydminster, AB – He pulls a total Brooke White and stops in the middle of his song. He’s got a great style, but he’s obviously inexperienced. TOP 24
Nicholaus J Gordon – 16 London, ONT – OMG what a trainwreck and a poseur. He should have never made it out of his audition. ELIMINATED. Thank Jeebus.
Katherine St. Laurent, 16 – Otterburn Park, QC – “Complicated” by
Avril Lavigne Carolyn Dawn Johnson – She pulls a Brooke too. Stops and totally forgets her words. Nevertheless, she’s still TOP 24.
Adam Castelli, 26 – Hamilton, ON – One more guitar playing boy performs “Umbrella”. He’s very nervous, he gets going and stops. Gets going and stops again. He has some great moments, nevertheless. TOP 24.
Tetiana Ostapowych, 25 – Toronto, ON – “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 – She made it to Hollywood Season 7, but no further. But Canadian Idol said, we’ll take you! TOP 24.
Gary Morissette, 21 – Fruitvale, BC – “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gary is the only auditioner who made it to Toronto via CI’s online auditions. He rocks out, totally. They call him “Cyber Boy” Har. He kisses Ben Mulroney right on the mouth. Too much! TOP 24.
Mark Day, 19 – Portugal Cove, NL – “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5. He’s much better than he was during his audition, but he’s still schlubby and awkward. One of the seemingly few boys who don’t play guitar. TOP 24.
Carly Campbell 26, Kamloops, BC – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie – Whoa–Screechy McScreechfest! – ELIMINATED.
Jesse Cottam, 23 – Calgary, AB – “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – So many guys with guitars – they are getting hard to tell apart! TOP 24.
Amberly Thiessen, 19 – Seven Persons, AB – “Complicated” by
Avril Lavigne Carolyn Dawn Johnson. She has a pure clear voice. Really nice tone. TOP 24.
Paul Clifford, 25 – Port Moody, BC – “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – One of the few contestants to sit at the piano. His phrasing is really nice, but I don’t care for his super-raspy vocals. TOP 24.
Shaun Francisco, 25 – Vancouver, BC – “You Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 – He talked back to the judges during his audition, but he’s still alive! He finally wins over Jake with this last performance. TOP 24.
A bunch of people are shown quickly as getting through:
Lindsay Robins, 21 – Montreal, QC – TOP 24
Martin Kerr, 25 – Edmonton, AB – TOP 24
Marie-Pierre Bellerose, 25 – Quebec City, Quebec. She stands in front of the judges with her nemesis, Lisa Bell 27 – Winnipeg, MB. They are both TOP 24
Theo Tams, 22 – Lethbridge, AB – He’s shown getting through with Shaun Francisco and Jesse Cottam. TOP 24
Lindsay Barr, 26 – Halifax, NS – TOP 24
Jessica Sheppard, 22 – Whitby, ON – TOP 24 – She and Paul Clifford are the last 2 standing. They both make the Top 24