Canadian Idol Alert: Executive Producer Responds to Toronto Eliminations

    Statement by John Brunton, Executive Producer, Canadian Idol

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - "Last night's elimination of three competitors
from this year's Canadian Idol Top 22 is disgraceful. Toronto lost half of its
competitors in one night, and 75% of the eliminated competitors were from our
city. These were three great young singers - any one of which would have made
a fantastic Top 10 competitor.

    Each year, more people come out to audition in Toronto than in any other
city. Each year, Canadian Idol judges select more people from Toronto to be in
the Top 22 than any other city. But no competitor from Toronto has made it to
the Top 10 since Season One, four years ago, and that's pathetic.

    I'm not really supposed to do this. I'm supposed to be impartial. But as
a born and bred Torontonian, I'm fed up with the lack of attention and respect
paid to the bright, young singers from Toronto. They deserve more. It should
not be a disadvantage to be a Canadian Idol competitor from Toronto.

    While the rest of the country is buzzing about Canadian Idol and the
success of their hometown heroes, Toronto is not paying attention. Toronto is
not supporting the local talent found right in its own backyard.

    This isn't about regional voting. Each competitor needs the support of
the entire country to move forward in the competition. But hometown pride also
plays a huge role. To know that your hometown is cheering for you makes a

    There are three competitors left from Toronto - and one from Hamilton -
and I hope everyone in this great city of ours does all that they can to
support them next week."

For further information:

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

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