CTV Congratulates 2008 Canadian Idol Champ Theo Tams



    
     -  Tams' single, "Sing," now playing on radio across the country and
                     available for purchase on iTunes  -

       -  Canadian Idol Top 3 Tour with Theo Tams, Mitch MacDonald and
                       Drew Wright kicks off Nov. 9  -
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - On the heels of the star-studded,
confetti-covered season finale last night, CTV congratulates Theo Tams as the
2008 Canadian Idol champion. Tams, a 23-year-old student from Lethbridge, AB,
received the majority of the four million plus votes cast across Canada on
Monday night. A total of 1.8 million viewers watched at 9:53 p.m. as host Ben
Mulroney announced that Tams would become Canada's sixth Idol. More than
3.7 million Canadians watched some part of the broadcast.

    Tams' professional music career launches today, with his new single,
"Sing," playing on radio stations nationally and available for purchase on
iTunes.ca. An upcoming cross-country tour with his fellow Top 3 competitors
Mitch MacDonald and Drew Wright launches November 9 in Fredericton with
tickets sales booming for the 26-city tour since they went on sale last night.
Following a jam-packed day of more than five dozen post-Idol interviews, the
newly-minted SONY BMG MUSIC (Canada) artist will head home to celebrate with
family and friends in Alberta before he continues to make his mark on the
Canadian music industry.

    
    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download photography and audio clips from last
    night's Canadian Idol season finale at idolpix.ca.
    

    "Theo is a natural talent, a dynamic performer and an all-around great
guy," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
"Thank you to all the competitors, cast and crew for entertaining millions of
Canadians this summer."

    Over the course of the season, Canadian Idol was watched in whole or in
part by 14,357,000 Canadians and was sampled by 45% of English-speaking
viewers. The series joins So You Think You Can Dance as the Top 2 television
programs in Canada this summer. Six seasons and 186 episodes later, Canadian
Idol remains the most-watched, Canadian, English-language television series of
the year.

    Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams wowed Canada all summer, from his
unforgettable - and exceedingly sweaty - audition in Calgary, to the thrilling
and emotional finale last night. Showcasing soaring vocals and a natural way
of delivering the greatest power ballads, Tams is a classically-trained piano
prodigy whose first single, "Sing," is produced by JUNO Award-winner Gavin
Brown, who has worked with Canadian artists Billy Talent and Three Days Grace.

    Tickets are now on sale for the second Canadian Idol Top 3 concert tour,
as Theo Tams, Mitch MacDonald and Drew Wright are joined by other Top 10
finalists in cities across Canada. The Top 3 concert tour begins Sunday,
November 9 in Fredericton, and visits venues in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward
Island, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta before wrapping up in
Hamilton, ON on Monday, December 22. The concerts will feature favourite songs
performed this season on Canadian Idol as well as Theo's single, "Sing," and
one original composition from each of the Top 3. The three singers will
perform together, in combinations and alone, backed by a superb live band that
includes some of this country's premiere musicians. Get ticket details at
idol.ctv.ca.

    See highlights from last night's Canadian Idol season finale on demand on
the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

    Canadian Idol is sponsored by Kraft, Pantene Pro-V, Gillette Venus
Embrace, and Gillette Fusion Power.

    Canadian Idol was created by Simon Fuller and is produced in association
with CTV by Insight Productions. John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive
Producers. Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Senior Producer is Sue
Brophey. Jane Rimer is Executive Consultant for FremantleMedia. Ed Robinson is
Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    FremantleMedia is one of the largest international creators and producers
of programme brands in the world, with leading prime time drama, serial drama,
entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 territories.
FremantleMedia has production offices in over 20 countries worldwide,
providing local sales and production support for its international TV brands
such as Idols and the world's longest running game show, The Price is Right.

    The company's licensing operation, FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide,
exploits FremantleMedia's many strong brands across multiple off-screen
platforms including merchandising campaigns, interactive and wireless support,
home entertainment and music publishing. Fremantle International Distribution,
the company's international distribution division licenses over 19,000 hours
of programming to 150 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is the content arm
of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. For
further information please see FremantleMedia's website
www.fremantlemedia.com.

    Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment is recognised as a leading creator,
provider and promoter of globally successful music based entertainment, or
"entertainment brands". The company has attracted a unique collection of
expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity
across television, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording,
artist/writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. Simon Fuller
is the most successful British music manager of all time having sold over
116 million CDs in North America alone, and is known as the creator of
"American Idol", the most valuable TV format in the world with an estimated
value in excess of $2.5 billion.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Laura Heath Potter, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4633 or
lheathpotter@ctv.ca; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or apage@ctv.ca; or
Christy Sullivan, Canadian Idol, (416) 526-3052 or chsullivan@ctv.ca


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