An established manager of many successful artists, including The Tragically Hip and The Populars, Jake Gold returns to his judging gig on Canadian Idol this week. Jake was kind enough to answer a few of our questions as the third season of Canadian Idol gets underway.
Last season, Canadian Idol really came into its own. Do you get tired of the comparisons to other Idol franchises and particular Idols from other countries?
We only see the American show. But I am sick of being compared to the German show.
With the memory of Kalan, Theresa and Jacob fresh in our minds, do this year's contestants stand up to last years?
As a manager, what qualities in a performer appeal to you? Are they different from what you're looking for as a Canadian Idol judge?
No, it's all about communication.
Everyone already knows the songs that have been sang to death, literally. Are there any songs or artists you would like to see performed?
Yes, lots, unfortunately we can't get them cleared for TV.
What is your favourite stage of the Canadian Idol process?
The live part. The live audience is invigorating.
What is the most common mistake contestants make?
Singing songs that are beyond their talents. Or, unfamiliar songs.
In the past, we've seen things get heated between the judges. Have there ever been any instances where you've fought hard against a performer advancing, only for them to prove you wrong down the line?
Yes and no, in the audition stage there are times when I don't get it, but have come around later on. That is why there are 4 of us.
Did you envision either Kalan or Ryan winning when you first saw them during the audition process?
Actually yes, in both instances.
The Canadian Idol judges have been widely praised over the past two seasons for being well balanced and fair. Is that by design or does it just come naturally?
We are who we are. We were picked to do the job because of that.
How long do you see the Idol franchises continuing for? Will we see a Canadian Idol 10? If so, will you be part of it?
I will stay on as long as they will have me. I think the show can go on a long time.
Many thanks to Jake Gold for answering our questions and to CTV for granting us the interview