It's Brian Vs. Jaydee: Canadian Idol Top 2 Revealed as BC's Carly Rae Jepsen is Eliminated



    - Just Seven Days to go Before Canada's Next Idol is Crowned -
    - Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne and Eva Avila Special Guest Stars Next Week -

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - The next Canadian Idol winner will be male, it
was revealed tonight on CTV when the final female competitor, Carly Rae
Jepsen, was eliminated from the competition. The 21-year-old student and
waitress from Mission, BC received the fewest of more than four million votes
cast - the most so far this season - following Monday's "Judges' & People's
Choice" performance episode. Now, Hamilton, ON's Brian Melo, 25, and
Drumheller, AB's Jaydee Bixby, 17, set their sights on the final prize as they
prepare for the their last competitive performance next Monday, Sept. 10 at
9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Audio clips and photography of Canadian Idol
competitors and guest performers can be found online at the Canadian Idol
Media Centre at www.idolpix.ca.

    Following in-depth mentoring sessions with JUNO Award-winning Canadian
Idol judge Sass Jordan, last night's episode saw each of the Top 3 competitors
perform two songs: one "People's Choice" and one "Judges' Choice" selection.
In tonight's results episode, the Top 3 opened the show with a group
performance of Jordan's "I Want to Believe" before a lineup of special guest
performers took the stage.

    Double Platinum-selling Universal Music (Canada) recording artists
Hedley, featuring 2004 Top 3 Canadian Idol finalist Jacob Hoggard, took the
stage for the world television premiere of "She's so Sorry," the first single
from their upcoming CD Famous Last Words, in stores Oct. 30. Then, inaugural
Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm and his band Low Level Flight performed
their second single, "Say," from their debut album, Urgency. Finally,
following segments featuring the hometown tours for the Top 3, Season 2
Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter performed his fast-climbing single "Down in
Heaven" from his new sophomore CD, Wake Up Living, released last week by SONY
BMG MUSIC CANADA.

    Following the mini-concert, host Ben Mulroney delivered the results to
Jepsen before she reprised her emotional performance of Dido's "White Flag".
An exclusive interview with Jepsen immediately following her elimination on
Canadian Idol's companion program, All-Access, is available on demand
beginning this Thursday at idol.ctv.ca.

    The Top 2 competitors will participate in conference calls tomorrow with
national media: Brian Melo from 10-10:30 a.m. ET and Jaydee Bixby from
1-1:30 p.m. ET. Find out more at idolpix.ca.

    In next week's performance episode, Brian and Jaydee will perform a song
from the Bon Jovi music library following mentoring sessions with Jon Bon Jovi
and lead guitarist Richie Sambora in New York City.

    The two finalists will sing one Bon Jovi song each as part of a
three-song repertoire to be performed in the final performance episode. They
will also perform the newest Canadian Idol single as well as a song that best
represents them as an artist.

    Bon Jovi will then travel to Toronto for their first Canadian television
performance before Canada learns the results of this season's final vote. In
addition to the return of the Canadian Idol Top 10, the awesome season finale
also features Avril Lavigne and Eva Avila, who returns exactly one year later
to the stage where she was crowned the fourth Canadian Idol.

    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. Rick Lewchuk is CTV's Senior Vice-President, Program Planning and
Promotion. Ed Robinson is CTV's Senior Vice-President, Comedy and Variety.
Susanne Boyce is CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media
Group.

    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.

    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: Allie Page, Canadian Idol, (416) 559-4365 or
apage@ctv.ca; or Renée Dupuis, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or reneedupuis@ctv.ca


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