Canadian Idol Guest Stars Revealed as Katherine St-Laurent is Eliminated

    - Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Simple Plan and Gavin Rossdale Announced as
    Canadian Idol's First Wave of Guests and Mentors as Katherine St-Laurent
    is Eliminated from the Competition -

    - MuchMoreMusic now airing encore episodes of Canada's favourite
    summertime series Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET -

    TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - As Canada said goodbye to the latest competitor
to be eliminated, Quebec's Katherine St-Laurent, Canadian Idol host Ben
Mulroney revealed the first group of music stars who will be appearing and
performing on the series throughout the rest of the season. The remaining Top
8 finalists will work with some of the world's most accomplished artists,
including Canadian icon Bryan Adams, rockers Simple Plan, the legendary Tom
Jones and - in next week's "Unplugged" episode - former Bush frontman Gavin
Rossdale. Additional guest stars will be announced as the season progresses.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Photography and audio clips from Canadian Idol are
available online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at

    St-Laurent, the youngest Idol competitor at 17 and a student from
Otterburn Park, PQ, was eliminated tonight after receiving the fewest of more
than 2.1 million votes cast following last night's live performance episode,
"Rock 'n' Roll Heaven." St-Laurent, who had performed Janis Joplin's "Move
Over," was joined in the Bottom Three with Canadian Idol's only remaining
female finalist, Amberly Thiessen. Also in the Bottom Three was Sebastian
Pigott, who escaped elimination for the second week in a row.

    Tonight's episode also featured the first of a long list of special
guests who will perform on Canadian Idol this season. Season 5 runner-up
Jaydee Bixby performed his hit single "Old Fashioned Girl" from his first CD,
Cowboys and Cadillacs. Bixby's CD just debuted at No.1 this week on Nielsen
SoundScan's Country Chart and at No.8 on the Top 100 chart.

    While highlights from each week's episodes continue to be available on
demand on the CTV Video Player at, CTV also announced today that encore
presentations of each week's Canadian Idol Performance and Results Episodes
will now air back-to-back Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMoreMusic.

    Next week, Brit rocker and former Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale will
coach the Top 8 finalists on acoustic performances in preparation for the
series' annual "Unplugged" episode, airing Monday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET. On
Tuesday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET, Rossdale will perform live on the Idol stage
during the Top 8 Results Episode (visit to confirm local broadcast

    Going "Unplugged" next week are the Canadian Idol Top 8:

    1. Mark Day, 20, Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL, Student, Respite Care
    2. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
    3. Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto, Musician
    4. Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto, Actor, Writer
    5. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
    6. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
    7. Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
    8. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

    Confirmed Canadian Idol guest stars:

    Bryan Adams

    One of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time, Bryan
Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. Selling over
65 million records while touring six continents, Adams has achieved No.1
status in over 40 countries around the world. With memorable hits such as
"Summer of 69", "18 Til I Die" and "Heaven", Bryan Adams has solidified his
status among the great songwriters of our time.

    Adams has been awarded the Order of Canada for both his contribution to
popular music and his philanthropic work, and was inducted into Canada's Walk
of Fame in 1998. More recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall
of Fame at the 2006 JUNO Awards. Additionally, he has been nominated for three
Academy Awards and five Golden Globes for his songwriting.

    Tom Jones

    Tom Jones is easily one of the most notable performers to come out of the
British Invasion. With a style all his own and leaving no genre untouched,
Jones has rocked the charts since the early 1960s when his song, "It's Not
Unusual" became a No.1 hit in the UK and a Top 10 hit in the U.S. From pop to
rock, show tunes to country and dance to techno, Jones has the ability to sing
everything. From having his own television show, to performing on the Las
Vegas Strip for 40 years, Jones has done it all. With a dominating stage
presence, he continues to be an influential and vibrant force in the music
industry to this day as he tours around the world. Some of his greatest hits
include: "What's New Pussycat" (1965), "She's a Lady" (1971), "Kiss," a
collaboration with Prince (1988) and, most recently, "Stoned in Love" (2006).
His newest album is scheduled for release later this year.

    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 beginning in August.

    Gavin Rossdale

    From the mid-'90s into the early 21st century, Gavin Rossdale was seeing
much of the world from the stage of an ever-changing procession of theatres,
arenas and stadiums as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Bush, a
band that first came together in the Shepherd's Bush area of London in the
early 1990s. Right from their 1994 debut Sixteen Stone, Bush connected
powerfully with post-grunge America through a series of jagged yet infectious
hit songs including "Everything's Zen," "Little Things," "Comedown,"
"Glycerine," "Machine Head," "Swallowed" and "The Chemicals Between Us." With
his solo debut, WANDERlust, Rossdale has brought it all back home on a vivid,
widescreen rock album that found him working closely with famed Canadian
producer Bob Rock.

    Additional guest stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

    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. Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Senior Producer is Sue
Brophey. Jane Rimer is Executive Consultant for FremantleMedia. Ed Robinson is
Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    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

    Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment is recognised as a leading creator,
provider and promoter of globally successful music based entertainment, or
"entertainment brands". The company has attracted a unique collection of
expertise in people who work together to integrate and leverage activity
across television, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording,
artist / writer and producer management, sponsorship and promotion. Simon
Fuller is the most successful British music manager of all time having sold
over 116 million CDs in North America alone, and is known as the creator of
"American Idol", the most valuable TV format in the world with an estimated
value in excess of $2.5 billion.

    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

For further information:

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

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