Canadian Idol

Canadian Idol judges and hosts (Back Row (L-R): Farley Flex, Ben Mulroney, Jon Dore, Jake Gold; Front Row (L-R): Sass Jordan, Zack Werner)

Canadian Idol is a reality television show on the Canadian television network CTV, based on the popular British show Pop Idol and its US offshoot American Idol. The show is a contest to determine the best young singer in Canada. It is hosted by Ben Mulroney.

In the show, people first audition but eventually the performers are narrowed down to 10 finalists (11 in season 1 due to a near-tie), with each contestant performing live. There are four judges (Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Zack Werner, Farley Flex) who provide critiques of each competitor's performance. Viewers have several hours following the broadcast of the show to phone in their votes for their favourite contestant. On the following night's episode (live again), the contestant with the fewest votes is sent home.

Season one

In the first season, which debuted in July 2003, Ryan Malcolm of Kingston, Ontario won, with Gary Beals of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia coming in second.

Season two

The second season of Canadian Idol debuted on June 1, 2004, and became the most watched show in Canada, drawing in over 3 million viewers each week.

Kalan Porter of Medicine Hat, Alberta won the series, and Theresa Sokyrka of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was the runner-up.

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Canadian Idol Finalists
(with dates of elimination)
Season 1 (2003)
Ryan Malcolmwinner
Gary BealsSeptember 16
Billy KlippertSeptember 9
Audrey de MontignySeptember 2
Jenny GearAugust 26
Toya AlexisAugust 19
Mikey BustosAugust 12
Tyler HamiltonAugust 12
Karen-Lee BattenAugust 5
Candida ClauseriAugust 5
Richie WilcoxAugust 5
Season 2 (2004)
(with dates of elimination)
Kalan Porterwinner
Theresa SokyrkaSeptember 16
Jacob HoggardSeptember 9
Jason GreeleySeptember 2
Shane WiebeAugust 26
Elena JuatcoAugust 19
Kaleb SimmondsAugust 12
Joshua SellerAugust 5
Manoah HartmannJuly 29
Brandy CallahanJuly 22