The Canadian Idol Top 6 are Revealed as Mark Day is Eliminated



    The Canadian Idol Top 6 are Revealed as Mark Day is Eliminated;

    Simple Plan to Rock Idol as they Mentor and Perform in Next Week's
    "Canada Rocks" Episodes

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Following the nationwide vote on Monday night,
host Ben Mulroney announced live on CTV tonight that Mark Day from Portugal
Cove-St. Philips, NL was the latest competitor to be eliminated from Canadian
Idol. The 20-year-old Student and Respite Care Worker was eliminated after
landing in the bottom three for a second consecutive week tonight.

    Next week, the Top 6 competitors will work with homegrown rock group
Simple Plan as they mentor the competitors during the "Canada Rocks" themed
episodes. The band will work with the Top 6 as they rehearse songs by Canadian
artists for the Performance Episode airing Monday, August 11 at 9 p.m. ET on
CTV. The following night, Simple Plan will rock the Canadian Idol stage during
the Results Episode at 8 p.m. ET on CTV prior to the latest eliminated
finalist being revealed (visit idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

    For this week's "UK Hits" episodes the Idols were mentored by a man that
knows a thing or two about UK Hits, the one and only Sir Tom Jones. Day chose
the popular hit "Bleeding Love" by British artist Leona Lewis as his UK Hit.
Idol Judge Jake Gold referred to Day's performance last night as the most
mature performance Day had given so far this season. Joining Mark in the
bottom three for the first time this season was a stunned Theo Tams and
surprised Earl Stevenson, both 23.

    Tonight's episode featured an enthusiastic performance by Tom Jones, one
of the most prominent performers to come out of the British Invasion. Jones
chose the Canadian Idol stage to give the world premiere performance of his
new single, "If He Should Ever Leave You," from his upcoming album, Gemini.
Having rocked the charts since the early 1960s, the EMI Music artist is
getting ready to shake things up again with the highly anticipated Gemini,
scheduled for release at the end of October.

    
    The Canadian Idol Top 6 performing next week are:

    1. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
    2. Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto, Musician
    3. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
    4. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
    5. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
    6. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter
    

    Highlights from each week's Canadian Idol episodes are available on
demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. Encore presentations of each week's
Performance and Results Episodes also air back-to-back Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
on MuchMoreMusic.

    Tickets to Canadian Idol's live performance and results shows are
available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by
telephone (check local listings). Tickets go on sale at 12 noon on the Monday
prior to the next week's shows and sell out quickly. Rush tickets are also
available to the most enthusiastic fans showing up at the John Bassett Theatre
two hours before show time. Visit idol.ctv.ca for more information.

    About Simple Plan
    -----------------

    Montreal-based pop punk band Simple Plan is known for having an extremely
fierce live show. Selling seven million copies of their CDs worldwide, the
quintet's catalogue includes 2002's double-platinum No Pads...No
Helmets...Just Balls and 2004's four-time platinum Still Not Getting Any. They
re-entered the studio in June of 2007 to record their latest release, simply
titled Simple Plan, which incorporates an eclectic mix of new collaborators
such as Nate "Danja" Hills (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Duran Duran, Nelly
Furtado), Max Martin (James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne) and Dave
Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne).

    Simple Plan is now ready to take their latest album where the band feels
best - on the road.  The group, comprised of Pierre Bouvier (vocals), Chuck
Comeau (drums, backing vocals), David Desrosiers (bass, backing vocals),
Sebastien Lefebvre (guitar, backing vocals) and Jeff Stinco (lead guitar), has
rehearsed extensively to work the new material into live performance shape and
is confident it will rock its fans just as hard as its two predecessors. The
band will embark on a national tour this month.





For further information:

For further information: 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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