Canadian Idol 05/31 - Youíre Not From Around Here, Are You?
What do you get when you put Ben Mulroney and Jon Dore in a little dingy off the coast of Newfoundland? I donít know either, and we never do find out. Welcome back to night two of the coast to coast audition search for the next Canadian Idol.
Tonight, itís all about the East Coast and we start out in St. Johnís, Newfoundland. Rex, a rocker, kind of, starts the show and despite forgetting some of his words, he is headed to Toronto. After a stream of contestants performing traditional Newfoundland songs, much to Zackís chagrin, we, along with Jon, travel to meet Heather and the rest of her family, gathered in her kitchen. While a personal montage usually translates into a gold ticket, it didnít work and she was sent on her way.
Later, Len was put on the defensive when Zack asked him about his fake & bake tan. It didnít get any better when he stopped midway through Proud Mary to ask why the judges were laughing. According to Jake, it was his funny voice. Steve, who aspires to be a game show host, also failed to win over the judges with White Wedding. Dana, who sang Besame Mucho did win over the judges and Jon delivered the gold ticket to her mother at the hospital, where she works. A gold ticket wrapped up in a blanket is comic GOLD, people.
For the first time in Canadian Idol history, we head to Charlottetown, PEI. Like Whitehorse, Charlottetown is an advance city, which means the winners will travel to Moncton to audition for the celebrity judges. At least Ben made it to Charlottetown. A number of performers were showcased, including Chris, who through a few more Stand By Meís in than necessary. 10 contestants from Charlottetown are on their way to Moncton.
Next on the itinerary is Sydney, Nova Scotia, another advance city. Weíre quickly shown a parade of young performers, all in high school, many donít even look old enough to be 16 years of age. One girl, Kat, in particular, has what we call in my neck of the woods, verbal diarrhea and canít seem to stop talking. After everything, another 10 contestants are on their way to Moncton.
Finally, itís actually time to go to this much talked about Moncton, New Brunswick, known for itís English and Acadian roots. Among the performers are Joceyln, who sang Natural Woman and prompted Sass to remark that she sounds like what Jell-O would sing like. Okay Sass, comments like that are going to get you nothing but Paula comparisons. Cuban-born Dianelys got some extra camera time along with a golden ticket. John Stevens lookalike, Brad, didnít earn a trip to Toronto, but at 16 years of age, he already has 5 businesses. Donít cry for him, Canada. Crystal wore a green evening gown and sang, kind of, Tricky. I canít imagine why she didnít get a gold ticket. Casey comes from a town thatís main industry has just closed down and wants to give them some joy. Fortunately, she turns out to be a good enough singer to get through to Toronto. Thatís much better than giving your town a crappy performance. Later, Laura performs Some Kind of Wonderful and the judging panel is split down the middle. The deliberation segues into an extended clip of the judges fighting from coast to coast. Already, this is the most entertaining part of the show. Jake and Zack are usually in the mix and Sass and Farley provide the best one liners. Eventually, we return to Laura where the judges decide, reluctantly, to give her a gold ticket.
Moving our way west, we stop in Montreal where Ben gets the chance to share some of his childhood memories with Jon. Weíre all touched. Most of us touch base with the washroom during this walk down memory lane. We start off the performances with Jon, who leads a Congo line into the auditorium. Too bad there isnít a Dancing With The Stars: Canada. Oops, Iíve said too much.
Jenner is an Elvis lookalike who almost doesnít get through, but the judges see enough potential in him to send him west. Jade is a cute blonde that sings All That Jazz, with special dance moves, that the guys are more than happy to send to Toronto. Iím pretty sure Jake liked her interpretive dance. $100 Yahoo dollars to anyone that knows what that reference is from. Katryne is a girl with a guitar that gets a lot of face time. She sings Hit Me With Your Best Shot and later, an opera piece upon request. The judges deem her the first performer than claimed to sing opera, that could. Suzy is dressed in her best CI cheerleader outfit, but she is going to have to keep cheering from the sidelines, because the judges think she sucks. They feel the same about Tim, the shouter, who is escorted out by Zack and Jake. The first time theyíve managed to agree all night. Melissa, mother of a 7 year old song, who sings Wind Beneath My Wings and Emily, who performs Donít Cry Out Loud are among the 25 heading to Toronto via Montreal.
Canada is often referred to as a cultural mosaic and it would seem people were encouraged to sing in their native language, if they so chose. After a montage of many singers of all sorts of heritages, we finish off with a performer from the Sudan, who sings a song about love with real passion, as he was unable to sing anything other than pro-government songs back home.
Next Episode Ė Weíre off the province the thinks itís the centre of the universe, just because itís the geographical centre of the country. Ontari-ari-ari-o.