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.