(CNW) Next week promises to be even busier than normal for Canadian Idol:
- Tuesday’s live results show expands to a new, one-hour format and moves to a new timeslot of 8 p.m. ET (tape-delayed in BC, AB and SK), beginning Aug. 26.
- An all-new, one-time-only special, The Best and Worst of Canadian Idol, premieres Thursday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. on CTV. The one-hour special includes the highs and lows of Canadian Idol’s eight-city audition tour and features an all-new, production number starring some surprising guests.
- On Friday, Aug. 29 the four remaining Idols visit with Canadian diva Céline Dion on the set of her new Las Vegas production, A New Day.
- Canadian Idol’s first CD, “Canadian Idol Greatest Moments,” will be released by BMG Canada Inc. / ViK.recordings on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
There was no shortage of electricity in the air Tuesday at Toronto’s John Bassett Theatre when Toronto’s Toya Alexis became the next competitor to be eliminated as Canadian Idol narrowed the field to five. As revealed live on CTV, Alexis received the least amount of votes of a record 1.9 million cast last night following yesterday’s live performance episode. The lights continue to shine bright for the remaining Top Five Idols Gary Beals, 20, Dartmouth, NS; Audrey de Montigny, 18, Ste. Julienne, QC; Jenny Gear, 21, Carbonear, NL; Billy Klippert, 24, Calgary, AB and Ryan Malcolm, 23, Kingston, ON.
Tuesday’s episode peaked at 2.1 million viewers (2+) in the second half hour and attracted an average audience of 1.9 million. Canadian Idol continues to be Canada’s most-watched show in all demos.(*)
Monday’s episode, themed around “Summertime Hits,” was performed in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd that included host Ben Mulroney’s mother Mila and younger brother Nicholas. Next week’s Monday night performance episode will feature the remaining Idols performing the songs of legendary musician Sir Elton John.
Tickets to Canadian Idol’s live performance and results shows are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by telephone (check local listings). Tickets go on sale Tuesdays at 10 a.m. ET two weeks prior to each show date.
(*) Source: All audiences numbers quoted reflect national average-minute audiences as provided by Nielsen Media Research.