Last September, almost 6.5 million viewers tuned in to watch Ryan Malcolm take the Canadian Idol crown. Now, the show that Canada has been waiting for is finally back. CTV announced today that its highly anticipated summer series will return with one-hour episodes on three consecutive nights, Tuesday, June 1, Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV.
“Made by Canadians, starring Canadians and for Canadians, Canadian Idol is much more than a television series,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group. “It has become a unique cultural experience for all Canadians. We can’t wait for the magic to begin again.”
The premiere episode gives viewers their first look at the next wave of aspiring Canadian Idol hopefuls from Ottawa and Toronto. Episode Two showcases auditions in Halifax, St. John’s and Montreal with Episode Three focusing on auditions in Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver. In the second week, viewers will watch the drama unfold as Canadian Idol’s “Top 155” is reduced to the “Top 32” over the course of two, hour-long, nail-biting episodes, airing Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV. The first “Top 32” performance show will air Wednesday, June 16, again at 8 p.m. ET, with the first “Top 10” finalists to be revealed live on Thursday, June 17 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings).
CTV also announced today it has expanded the series to 33 episodes, seven more than last year. The expansion allows for an increase in the semi-final group to 32 competitors. Four groups of eight will now compete over four weeks (instead of three groups of 10), with an additional Wild Card week. As well, CTV has expanded the “Top 10” format to allow only one competitor to be eliminated each week.
Music magistrates Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan and Zack Werner return, as opinionated as ever, to offer criticism, compliments and everything in between. The foursome endured almost one thousand auditions across the country before sending 155 “Gold Ticket” winners to Toronto. The panel faces the tough decision of further reducing the ranks of competitors to a “Top 32” next week in Toronto. After that, it’s up to Canadian Idol viewers to decide the rest.
Host Ben Mulroney, “big brother” to the competitors and friendly foe to the judging panel, also returns, along with comedic correspondent Jon Dore.