CTV released further details today about the upcoming cross-country search for the next Canadian Idol. With the 11-city, 11-week audition tour kicking off in less than a month in Edmonton, full details about how, where and when to audition are now available online at the Canadian Idol website, www.idol.ctv.ca. Prospective competitors can now download registration forms, research frequently asked questions (FAQs) and audition tips and read the full rules and regulations.
CTV also announced today that auditions in Ottawa-Gatineau and Kitchener-Waterloo have been re-scheduled. Auditions in Ottawa will now be held March 25 and 26 while auditions in Kitchener-Waterloo will now be held April 22 and 23.
As previously announced, the 2006 Canadian Idol “Easy-Access” tour makes it easier than ever to audition. There is no need to line up as competitors can now choose the day and time they want to audition: registration is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on each day of auditions. As well, almost all of the auditions are scheduled on weekends and most of the auditions will be held at malls.
The auditions will be held at the following venues (all information subject to change):
City Dates Venues
|Edmonton, AB||February 18 – 19||West Edmonton Mall|
|Yellowknife, NT||February 23||The Explorer Hotel|
|Vancouver, BC||February 25 – 26||The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts|
|Regina, SK||March 4 – 5||Cornwall Centre|
|Winnipeg, MB||March 11 – 12||Portage Place|
|Montreal, QC||March 17 – 18||Complex Desjardins|
|Ottawa, ON||March 25 – 26||St. Laurent Centre|
|Halifax, NS||April 8 – 9||MicMac Mall|
|St. John’s, NL||April 18||The Village Shopping Centre|
|Kitchener – Waterloo, ON||April 22 – 23 (date has changed from original release)||Fairview Park|
|Toronto, ON||April 28 – 30||TBA|
As announced earlier, the maximum age for competitors has been increased from 26 to 28. Auditions for Canadian Idol are now open to all Canadians between the ages of 16 and 28 (inclusive) as of February 1, 2006. Prospective competitors are encouraged to visit the Canadian Idol Web site, www.idol.ctv.ca, where they can download and complete a Regional Release Form which is required to audition (Release Forms will also be available at the auditions). As of today, applicants can also find on the website Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), audition tips, and the complete rules and regulations. The best resource for competitors is the Forums section, where applicants can learn valuable information and advice from previous hopefuls. Finally, competitors subscribing to the Canadian Idol newsletter will receive frequent e-mail updates about the auditions.
Those planning to audition should note that:
· Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Landed Immigrants.
· All competitors must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
· Two pieces of ID (i.e. birth certificate, driver’s license, passport etc.) including recent photo ID must be presented at the audition.
· Applicants under the age of majority in their province must bring the Regional Release Form, available online, signed by their parent or guardian.
· Applicants are ineligible if they are under contract for any entertainment related talent (including modeling). Applicants must be able to travel freely around the world.
· Applicants should be prepared to sing two songs a capella; no music accompaniment is permitted.
· Applicants should be prepared to spend several days in the audition process if they move forward in the competition.
· Applicants will be processed on a first-come, first-seen basis. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and continues throughout the day: all applicants who arrive by 5 p.m. on the audition days are guaranteed to be seen.
Last week, FremantleMedia and CTV announced that they had inked a five-year extension for the format rights to Canadian Idol for Season 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Based on FremantleMedia and 19TV’s smash-hit international format Idols, Canadian Idol premiered on CTV in June, 2003 and has become Canada’s most successful homegrown (English language) series since the advent of electronic measurement.*
Featuring host Ben Mulroney and judges Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan and Zack Werner, Season Four of Canadian Idol will return to CTV this June, building on the record-breaking success of the series’ third season. By the end of Season Three, viewers had cast an astonishing 38 million votes, an increase of 19 per cent compared to 2004 and more than one for every man, woman and child in the country.
With an average audience of over 2 million viewers for its 33-episode run, the series ended as last summer’s most-watched show in every demo, outperforming its nearest competitor by an amazing 37 per cent (2+). The series was viewed by over 17 million viewers in total, representing almost 60 per cent of the English Canadian population.
Canadian Idol was created by Simon Fuller and is produced in association with CTV by Insight Productions. John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive Producers. Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Senior Producer is Sue Brophey. Mary Sexton is Regional Producer. Jane Rimer is Executive Consultant for FremantleMedia. Rick Lewchuk is CTV’s Senior Vice-President, Program Planning and Promotion. Ed Robinson is CTV’s Senior Vice-President, Comedy, Variety and Talk. Susanne Boyce is CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.
*Source: BBM / Nielsen Media Research