CTV Announces Canadian Idol Season 6 Audition Tour Stops

    - Instruments again allowed for Auditions -

    - Canadian Idol "Easy Access" Auditions return -

    TORONTO, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - CTV has announced details of the sixth
cross-country audition tour for Canada's No. 1 Summer Series, beginning this
month, as the 2008 Audition Tour gets set to kick off Saturday, January 26 at
the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton. As announced last night on eTalk, the
10-city tour will cross the country, hitting malls in nine more cities through
mid-April. In a Canadian Idol first, the hometown of reigning Idol Brian Melo
- Hamilton, Ontario - has been added as a stop on the 2008 Audition Tour.

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    CTV also announced today that due to the success of the addition of
musical instruments last season - a North American first for Idol which will
now be seen in the upcoming season of American Idol on CTV - all
singer/musicians are once again welcome to audition for Canadian Idol with
instruments in 2008.

    In 2007, a whopping 42% of gold ticket winners in Season 5 played a
musical instrument. "When CTV announced the addition of musical instruments
last year, I knew I had to try out," said Season 5 champion Brian Melo. "I am
so grateful that I did! It has changed my life forever. "

    "Canadian Idol continues to defy expectations," said Susanne Boyce,
President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "This show has established
itself as the place to be for undiscovered Canadian talent and guest stars
alike. We look forward to meeting a new crop of hidden talent this year."

    Auditions will be held in the following 10 cities on the dates listed
below. The first four audition venues have been announced; the remaining six
venues will be revealed at later dates (all information subject to change).

    City                  Dates                Venues
    Edmonton, AB          January 26/27        West Edmonton Mall
    Calgary, AB           February 2/3         Sunridge Mall
    Vancouver, BC         February 9/10        Metropolis at Metrotown
    Winnipeg, MB          February 23/24       St. Vital Centre
    Hamilton, ON          March 1/2            To Be Announced
    Ottawa, ON            March 8/9            To Be Announced
    Montreal, QC          March 15/16          To Be Announced
    Halifax, NS           March 29/30          To Be Announced
    St. John's, NL        April 12             To Be Announced
    Toronto, ON           April 19-20          To Be Announced

    The 2008 Canadian Idol "Easy-Access" tour continues to make it easy to
audition. As in 2007, there is no need to line up, as competitors can choose
the day and time they want to try out. Registration is open between 8 a.m. and
4 p.m. on each day of auditions. As well, almost all auditions are scheduled
on weekends and most of the auditions will be held at shopping malls.

    Auditions for Canadian Idol are open to all Canadians between the ages of
16 and 28 (inclusive) as of January 25, 2008. For more information about
Canadian Idol, registration forms, rules and regulations, visit the series'
official website at idol.CTV.ca.

    Competitors will be judged evenly on their singing, whether playing
instruments or singing a cappella. Those choosing to play an instrument will
also be judged on their playing abilities.

    Season 6 of Canadian Idol will return to CTV this June, building on the
success of its fifth season in 2007, which, once again, was the most-watched
program of the summer on Canadian television. The non-simulcast Idol drew 23
per cent more viewers last season than the second most-ranked series on
Canadian TV of the summer, America's Got Talent (CTV/NBC). Last September's
season finale saw nearly five million Canadians tune in to some or all of the
broadcast. When Hamilton's Brian Melo was revealed as the 2007 Canadian Idol
champion in the final minutes, a remarkable 2.75 million Canadians were

    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. 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 programmed 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 20,000 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

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

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