The musical talent exhibited by competitors on a cross-country, six-week tour has so overwhelmed Canadian Idol judges that producers have felt compelled to increase the “Top 100” pool of finalists. In a media conference today, Canadian Idol Executive Producer John Brunton announced that next week’s “Top 100” round will include well over 140 competitors.
“To say that this audition tour has been a success is an understatement,” said Brunton. “Our judges have been blown away by the calibre of talent we’ve seen, from one end of the country to the other. We’re thrilled to bring extra finalists to Toronto.”
The exact number will be confirmed later today when the Canadian Idol production team wraps up a six-week audition tour in Toronto. In addition to Toronto, the eight-city tour saw tens of thousands of Canadians come out to cheer Idol hopefuls in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s.
The provincial breakdown of finalists (not including those who auditioned in Toronto) is as follows: Manitoba, 16; Alberta, 15; British Columbia, 14; Newfoundland, 14, Nova Scotia 14, Quebec, 13; Ontario, 9 (plus Toronto competitors); Saskatchewan, 4 and New Brunswick, 1.
In all, over 13,000 competitors auditioned to become Canada’s first Canadian Idol. That number has now been whittled down to over 140 by the series’ four-member judging panel of Canadian music industry insiders: Singer / Songwriter Sass Jordan, Urban Music Impresario Farley Flex, Artist Manager Jake Gold and Manager / Record Executive Zack Werner. The panel faces the tough decision of further reducing the ranks of competitors to a “Top 30” next week in Toronto. After that, it’s up to Canadian Idol viewers to decide the rest.
Hosted by Ben Mulroney, Canadian Idol premieres Wednesday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. CTV also announced today that Canadian Idol will receive encore broadcasts Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on June 14, 21, 28 and July 5 (check local listings).