Bon Jovi to Rock Canadian Idol Season Finale, Sept. 11 on CTV



    - Top 2 Canadian Idol Finalists travel to New York City to workshop with
    Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora -

    - Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne and Eva Avila Guest Star in Blockbuster
    Season Finale -

    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - CTV confirmed today that Bon Jovi will perform
live on the Canadian Idol season finale on Tuesday, Sept. 11. One of the
world's greatest rock bands, Bon Jovi will not only perform live on Canadian
Idol, but will also mentor the lucky Top 2 who will perform from the Bon Jovi
songbook in the two-hour finale. The Top 2 will jet to New York City to
workshop with both Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora in advance of Canadian
Idol's final performance show airing Monday, Sept. 10 on CTV. Bon Jovi is the
latest act confirmed on the impressive list of guest artists that have
performed on Canadian Idol this summer. Canadian pop rock princess Avril
Lavigne and Idol winner Eva Avila have already been announced as special
guests for the blockbuster season finale that will see the fifth Canadian Idol
crowned.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Photography of Bon Jovi and audio clips and photos
from Canadian Idol are available online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at
www.idolpix.ca.

    "There are few acts today that embody success and longevity in the music
business like Bon Jovi," said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and
Chair of the CTV Media Group. "Sharing their immeasurable experience with the
Top 2 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the finalists, and gracing our
stage for the finale will be an incredible thrill for our viewers."

    Bon Jovi joins an extraordinary guest line-up on Canadian Idol that has
already included Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Queen, Maroon 5 and Kelly
Clarkson. Still to appear in the coming weeks are Paul Anka and Kalan Porter
along with additional guests to be announced soon.

    With 10 studio albums, 120 million albums sold and 2,500 concerts in over
50 countries, Bon Jovi has enjoyed an incredible career that is now in its
third decade. The band released their first album in 1984 and continues to
produce hit after hit, more than 20 years later. Following the success of
their record-breaking world tour and multi-platinum album 2005 Have A Nice
Day, Bon Jovi's latest album Lost Highway (their 10th studio release) debuted
at No. 1 on the Canadian Nielsen Soundscan chart in June of this year. Lost
Highway (Island Records/Universal Music Canada) is now double platinum in
Canada and remains at No. 3 on the Nielsen Soundscan chart in its eighth week.

    Jon Bon Jovi and lead guitarist Richie Sambora will mentor the Top 2 in
New York City as they prepare to perform for voters one last time with the
hope of winning the competition. 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. The Top 2 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 where they will electrify audiences
with live performances before Canada learns the results of this season's final
vote. In addition to the return of the Canadian Idol Top 10, the jam-packed
season finale also features Avril Lavigne and Eva Avila, who returns exactly
one year to the stage where she was crowned the fourth Canadian Idol.

    Below is the final broadcast schedule, themes and scheduled guests for
the remainder of the season (subject to change):

    Top 4
    Monday, Aug. 27 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT - "The Standards"; Workshops with
    Paul Anka
    Tuesday, Aug. 28 @ 8 p.m. ET/PT (xx)NEW TIMESLOT(xx) - Paul Anka
    performs; Top 3 revealed

    Top 3
    Monday, Sept. 3 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT - "Judges & People's Choice"; Workshops
    with Sass Jordan
    Tuesday, Sept. 4 @ 8 p.m. ET/PT (xx)EXPANDED TO ONE-HOUR(xx) -
    Kalan Porter performs; Top 2 revealed

    Top 2
    Monday, Sept. 10 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT - Final performances; Workshops with
    Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora
    Tuesday, Sept. 11 @ 8 p.m. ET/PT (Two-Hour Episode) - Bon Jovi,
    Avril Lavigne, Eva Avila and Canadian Idol Top 10 perform; 2007 Canadian
    Idol revealed

    To see the complete announcement, for photography and download audio    
clips for Canadian Idol go to www.idolpix.ca.





For further information:

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


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