CTV Announces Canadian Idol Top 22

    - Canadian Idol moves to three times per week beginning Monday, June 25 -

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Ten thousand auditioned, 22 are left. Last
night, in a special 90-minute episode of Canadian Idol on CTV, the Top 22
phase of the competition began when judges Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan
and Zack Werner revealed their final choices for the elite group of finalists.
Now it's up to Canada to decide the rest as CTV announces the names of the 22
competitors who will put it all on the line for viewer votes beginning next
Monday (voting details to be announced soon).

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    Ranging in age from 16 to 28, the Top 22 were selected after an
exhaustive, three-month, 8,100 km search that took Canadian Idol judges to 11
cities in six time zones across the country. The Top 22 are construction
workers, singer/songwriters, lobster fishermen, actors, receptionists,
students, day care workers, waitresses and house framers - all hoping to
realize the same dream as past successful Idol competitors by making music a
full-time career. More than half - 68% - have already played instruments on
the show. Representing seven provinces, they come from 17 communities from sea
to sea, from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island to Hare Bay, Newfoundland. The
provincial breakdown of the Top 22 is: BC (4), AL (2), SK (1), ON (8), QC (3),
NS (3) and NL (1).

    "This is a serious group of musicians," said Executive Producer John
Brunton. "We suspected the addition of instruments to the show would shake
things up this season, and we weren't disappointed. Established artists and
raw talent alike came out - many for the first time with their instruments in
hand - drawn to take a shot at this career-making opportunity. What's left is
an awesome group of 22 talented people that will surely rock viewers this

    "Let the magic begin," said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming
and Chair of the CTV Media Group. "The next three weeks will determine who
Canada will cheer for the rest of the summer, so I encourage everyone to
exercise their dialing fingers in advance of next week's first vote."

    The Top 22 is the most important stage in the competition, as the number
of competitors is chopped by more than half in just three short weeks. As in
Season 4, the Top 22 has been divided into two groups of 11 - The Girls and
The Guys. Each male competitor will perform live on Mondays beginning June 25
and female competitors will perform live on Tuesdays beginning June 26 on CTV
(go to CTV.ca for local broadcast times). The first two live performance shows
are 90 minutes in length with subsequent performance episodes one-hour long.

    After each live, performance show, Canadians will vote for their
favourite competitors and results will be revealed during a half-hour show on
Wednesdays, beginning June 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV (go to CTV.ca for local
broadcast times).

    On Wednesday's show, the two competitors with the least votes from both
groups will be eliminated, leaving 18 to compete the following week. The
process will continue with four competitors eliminated each week until the
Top 10 is finally determined on Wednesday, July 11.

    Beginning tonight through the rest of the week, each member of the Top 22
will be profiled on Canadian Idol's companion series eTalk at 7 p.m. ET on CTV
(visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Until then, meet the 2007
Canadian Idol Top 22:

    Performing Monday, June 25: The Guys
    - Andrew Austin, 27, Sarnia, ON, Musician/Singer/Songwriter
    - Jaydee Bixby, 16, Drumheller, AB, High School Student/Performer
    - Liam Styles Chang, 17, Victoria, BC, High School Student
    - Dwight d'Eon, 28, West Pubnico, NS, Lobster Fisherman
    - Derek Hoffman, 17, Aurora, ON, High School Student
    - Brian Melo, 24, Hamilton, ON, Construction Worker
    - Tyler Mullendore, 19, Lake Ainslie, NS, Musician/Construction Labourer
    - Clifton Murray, 27, Port McNeill, BC, Singer/Actor
    - Greg Neufeld, 23, Abbotsford, BC, Singer/Songwriter/House Framer
    - Matt Rapley, 18, Regina, SK, High School Student
    - Justyn Wesley, 22, Toronto, ON, Singer/Songwriter/Producer

    Performing Tuesday, June 26: The Girls
    - Naomi-Joy Blackhall, 25, Halifax, NS, Account Manager
    - Maud Coussa-Jandl, 25, Sherbrooke, QC, Promotions Coordinator
    - Khalila G, 23, Dorval, QC, Day Care Worker
    - Christine Hanlon, 21, Toronto, ON, Singer/Songwriter
    - Ritchea Hodge, 16, Brampton, ON, High School Student
    - Montana Martin Iles, 16, Sainte-Julienne, QC, High School Student
    - Carly Rae Jepsen, 21, Mission, BC, Student/Waitress
    - Martha Joy, 16, Toronto, ON, High School Student
    - Kamila Miller, 17, Toronto, ON, High School Student
    - Annika Odegard, 16, Calgary, AB, High School Student/Performer
    - Tara Oram, 23, Hare Bay, NL, Singer

    To see the complete announcement, go to: www.idolpix.ca.

For further information:

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

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