The first Canadian Idol will be male. Announced live on CTV tonight, Quebec’s Audrey de Montigny has become the last female to be eliminated from the competition, leaving three male singers to contend for the Canadian Idol crown. Ste. Julienne’s de Montigny, 18, received the least amount of votes of a record 2.7 million cast last night following yesterday’s live performance episode.
Despite the fact that only 18 per cent of those who auditioned for Canadian Idol during a six-week, cross-country tour were male, Canada’s first Canadian Idol will be one of three remaining male competitors: Gary Beals, 20, Dartmouth, NS; Billy Klippert, 25, Calgary, AB or Ryan Malcolm, 23, Kingston, ON. Canadian Idol concludes Tuesday, Sept. 16 on CTV with a two-hour, live, grand finale from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings).
L-R – Ryan Malcolm, Billy Klippert and Gary Beals
Canadian Idol continues to be the most-watched show on Canadian television, with 2.5 million viewers tuning in to last night’s Labour Day broadcast (2+)*. Over 1.5 million tuned in to last week’s one-hour special The Best and the Worst of Canadian Idol and last week’s Tuesday night’s results show broke the 2 million-viewer barrier for the first time.
Last week, the four competitors traveled to Las Vegas where they met with superstar Céline Dion and received pointers on the art of performing love songs. In last night’s “Love Songs” themed episode, the four performed two love songs each in front of another sold-out crowd at Toronto’s John Bassett Theatre. Beal’s performance of When a Man Loves a Woman and Let’s Stay Together and de Montigny’s performance of Turn Me On and The Greatest Love of All received the weakest response from voters, landing them in the Bottom Two. De Montigny was presented with a standing ovation after closing the show with her performance of Sarah MacLachlan’s Angel.
In next week’s episode, the three remaining competitors perform two songs: the first, inspired by artists they consider to be their own idol; and the second, a selection chosen by Canadian Idol’s four-member judging panel.
This Thursday, Sept. 4, Beals, Klippert and Malcolm each return to their respective hometowns for a whirlwind local tour including autograph sessions, media interviews and personal appearances. The tour will be taped for broadcast on next Monday’s show.