Idols make unexpected stop
TEVIAH MORO, Free Press Reporter 2004-08-01 01:59:04
Cleveland-bound Canadian Idol finalists made an unexpected London landing yesterday when their jet was turned away from Cleveland to make room for a much bigger star. U.S. President George W. Bush's landing at Cleveland in Air Force One diverted the chartered jet carrying eight Idol contestants.
"We were told it was a definite no because Air Force One was at the airport," said Erin Brock, Canadian Idol senior associate producer.
Bush was on a campaign swing through Ohio yesterday, where he also made an unscheduled stop.
The president's unexpected stop was for a game of catch with members of the Cleveland Browns professional football team.
The young up-and-coming Canadians singing sensations had been on their way to Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to learn about modern music history, said Jon Dore, host of the popular CTV series.
"We are going to be inspired to write some rock music for this week's performance show," Dore said.
The London stop was documented on camera yesterday and will air as part of Wednesday night's show.
After leaving Toronto yesterday, the 16-seat-luxury jet turned around and flew to London, the nearest Canadian stop. The jet landed in London about 9:30 a.m. and was ready to take off again for Cleveland at 11 a.m.
"We just made the decision to come back to London to be on Canadian soil," Brock said.
Lounging in the jet's seats, waiting to take off from London, were eight sleepy-eyed young idols, anxious to soak up the vibes of their favourite rock icons.
Joshua Seller, 23, a Sarnia-area native, could hardly wait to see the Elvis Presley and Beatles displays at the hall of fame.
Experiencing the rock-star life, travelling in a luxurious private jet was a first, he said.
For the other seven finalists -- representing Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia -- the cushy initiation to a starry lifestyle was also a learning experience.
Theresa Sokyrka, 23, of Saskatoon and Elena Juatco, 19, of Vancouver, were trying to grab some shuteye during their delay in London.
"I don't really think we're considered rock stars yet," Sokyrka said.
Asked who would most likely win the Canadian Idol contest, all contestants pointed to Kalan Porter, 19, of Medicine Hat, Alta.
"This thing is so unpredictable," a modest Porter said about the contest. "This thing can change every week."