2% Difference Between Brian & Jaydee in Race for Idol Crown

    -  Bon Jovi Mentors Top 2 in Final Performance Episode, Sept. 10; 2007
       Winner's Single "All I Ever Wanted" to be Performed in Competition

    -  Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne and Eva Avila confirmed for season finale as
       eight eliminated Idol competitors return for final performance,
       Sept. 11

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - It's anybody's game. CTV revealed today that
Brian Melo and Jaydee Bixby are in a neck-and-neck race to capture the 2007
Canadian Idol crown, separated by just 2 per cent of the 4.1 million votes
cast this past Monday. The Top 2 take to the stage for their final competitive
performance on Monday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV when they sing three
songs each, including the new 2007 Winner's Single "All I Ever Wanted." The
following night, Canada's choice to become the next Canadian Idol will be
revealed in a two-hour, star-studded season finale featuring special guests
Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Eva Avila and the remaining eight 2007 Canadian Idol
finalists, airing Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to Idol.ctv.ca to
confirm local broadcast times).

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - For Press Accreditation to the Canadian Idol
    season finale and/or the subsequent press conference on Tuesday,
    Sept. 11, please contact Renée Dupuis at reneedupuis@ctv.ca or

    Photography of the Top 2 with Bon Jovi and other Canadian Idol media
    content is available online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at

    It was the biggest vote yet for Canadian Idol this season when 4,126,861
votes were recorded last Monday night for Hamilton's Brian Melo, 25;
Drumheller's Jaydee Bixby, 17; and Top 3 finalist Carly Rae Jepsen. On
Tuesday, more than two million viewers tuned in to CTV to learn that Jepsen
was eliminated, and that Brian and Jaydee would go head to head in the finale
next week. What they didn't know was that less than two per cent of the total
votes separated Brian and Jaydee.

    Now, following mentoring sessions with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and Jon
Bon Jovi in New York City, Brian and Jaydee will perform one last time before
the country in competition to become Canada's next recording artist. On
Monday's upcoming episode, Brian and Jaydee will perform one song from the Bon
Jovi songbook, one selection of their own choosing, and the 2007 Canadian Idol
Winner's Single, "All I Ever Wanted." The winner's version of the track will
be released to radio stations across Canada on Wednesday, Sept. 12, the
morning following the season finale.

    Then on Tuesday, in the live, two-hour, season finale on CTV, Canadians
will learn who they have voted to become the next Canadian Idol. The music
spectacular will be jam-packed with performances from not only Bon Jovi, one
of the world's most popular bands, but also from Avril Lavigne, Canada's own
punk princess and international superstar. Brian and Jaydee will perform
alone, together and with the eight remaining finalists, who will reunite on
the Canadian Idol stage for the final time this year.

    Additionally, throughout the show, Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney will
throw to live feeds from Hamilton, ON and Drumheller, AB, hometowns of the
Top 2 finalists, as their communities rally to support the contenders.

    And in keeping with Idol tradition, Tuesday's episode will also feature a
live performance by last year's Canadian Idol winner, Eva Avila. Then, as the
show reaches its climax, host Ben Mulroney will reveal the winner and invite
him to perform "All I Ever Wanted" in triumph. Last year's winner's single,
Avila's "Meant to Fly" debuted at No. 1, went Platinum, and remained on the
top of Canada's Singles Chart for six weeks in a row.

    Immediately following Tuesday's broadcast, the winner will sign a
contract with Shane Carter and Neil Foster, co-presidents of SONY BMG MUSIC
(CANADA) Inc. The winner will begin work the following week on a debut CD, to
be released this fall.

    As part of Canadian Idol's summer-long campaign in support of Ronald
McDonald House Charities(R), the cast have raised awareness and much-needed
funds to help build Canada's first Ronald McDonald Family Retreat. Thanks to
the generosity of Canadians from coast-to-coast and the contributions of key
project partners, including Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, B.C., more than
$1 million was raised to help build this peaceful haven for families with sick

    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

    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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