Canadian Idol's Final Four Revealed as Mookie Morris is Eliminated

    - Anne Murray Mentors and Performs Next Week, with Bonus Performance by
    American Idol Jordin Sparks -

    - Top 4 Pack their bags and get set to hit the road for Idol Hometown
    Tours -

    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Toronto's Mookie Morris is the latest competitor
to be eliminated from Canadian Idol, it was announced live on CTV tonight.
After making Idol history last week by being the Torontonian that has advanced
the furthest in the series' six seasons, the popular 18-year-old received the
fewest votes cast following last night's episode. Four singers remain in the
hunt to become Canada's next Canadian Idol in just three short weeks. Next
week, the Final Four will be mentored by legendary songstress Anne Murray, who
performs in Tuesday's results episode. It was also announced tonight that
American Idol winner Jordin Sparks will perform in next Tuesday's show as

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

    In what fans are saying was one of the best Canadian Idol performance
shows ever, the Top 5 performed the music of The Beatles during last night's
show. Morris, the youngest remaining singer in the competition, performed
their classic hit "Come Together". The judging panel had nothing but praise
for Morris with Zack Werner declaring his version of the song was "...the best
he has ever heard." Alongside Morris in the Bottom 2 was fellow Ontarian, Drew
Wright, 28. The Collingwood, ON native performed The Beatles' "While My Guitar
Gently Weeps".

    Following this week's show, the Top 4 pack their bags and head home for
the first time since they made the Canadian Idol Top 10 for a whirlwind
two-day tour. Then it's back to Toronto, where the Top 4 will work with Anne
Murray and rehearse songs from her catalogue for the Performance Episode
airing Monday, August 25 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The following night, Tuesday,
August 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, both Anne Murray and American Idol winner
Jordin Sparks will take to the Canadian Idol stage during the Results Episode
(visit to confirm local broadcast times).

    The Canadian Idol Top 4 performing next week are:

    1. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
    2. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
    3. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
    4. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

    As previously announced, the Top 4 will be returning to their respective
hometowns on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22. The competitors will
each be followed by Canadian Idol camera crews as they visit family and
friends, and participate in various events in their communities.

    The Top 4 hometown tour events include:

    Drew Wright - Collingwood, ON

    - Friday, August 22 at 4:30 p.m. - Welcome home parade down
    Hurontario Street followed by a live performance by Wright
    at 5:30 p.m. and an autograph session

    About Anne Murray

    Recognized worldwide, Anne Murray's signature voice has graced the
airwaves for over 40 years. With a catalogue of hits including, "A Little Good
News," "You Needed Me," "Love Song," "Could I Have This Dance" and "Snowbird,"
Murray's career continues to be the benchmark for longevity and

    The EMI recording artist has garnered countless accolades, including four
Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music Association Awards and a record number
of JUNO Awards. Her latest CD, Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, was
certified Platinum in three weeks and double Platinum in six weeks. It was her
highest album debut in over 20 years. Murray recently completed a highly
successful "Coast to Coast - One Last Time" Canadian tour, and plans are
underway for the release of a special holiday album at the end of September.

    About Jordin Sparks

    At an age when most teens are looking forward to a carefree summer break,
17-year-old Jordin Sparks graced the stage as the youngest American Idol
winner and spent last summer crafting her self-titled debut album. The album
produced the infectious singles "Tattoo," "One Step at a Time" and the wildly
popular collaboration with Chris Brown entitled "No Air". Sparks has won a
Teen Choice Award, an NAACP Award and two BET awards. She has also been
nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards. Honing the confidence, class and
breathtaking range of emotion that put her at the epicenter of the
entertainment world during her American Idol run, Sparks continues to tour in
support of her album.

    Highlights from each week's Canadian Idol episodes are available on
demand on the CTV Video Player at 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 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 for more information.

For further information:

For further information: Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596, or; Christy Sullivan, Canadian Idol, (416) 526-3052, or

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