CTV Release: Canada Votes For Their Canadian Idol Monday, Sept. 8

    Canada Goes to the Polls Monday, Sept. 8 for Final Canadian Idol Vote

    -- It's East vs. West as Mitch and Theo battle for Canadian Idol title --
    -- Mariah Carey, John Legend, Hedley, Brian Melo and Jully Black to
    perform as Top 10 reunite in Season Finale, Wednesday, Sept. 10 -
    -- Grammy winner John Legend and JUNO nominees Hedley mentor Top 2
    in final performance episode, Monday, Sept. 8 --

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - They've been canvassing for votes all summer.
Campaign teams are at the ready. Nearly 29 million votes have already been
cast in weekly public opinion surveys. The race is tight, with no clear
frontrunner. Only one man can win. Canadians will elect the newest Canadian
Idol next week, and today CTV announced details regarding Canadian Idol
Campaign 2008. It all begins Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV with the
great debate: the final performance episode of the season featuring a six-song
showdown between Top 2 finalists Mitch MacDonald and Theo Tams. Two nights
later, the country's decision is revealed in a live, nail-biting, two-hour
election night celebration featuring headliners Mariah Carey and John Legend
on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET (visit idol.ctv.ca to confirm local
broadcast times).

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - For Media Accreditation to the Canadian Idol
    Season Finale on Sept. 10, contact Christy Sullivan at
    chsullivan@ctv.ca or 416.526.3052. Photography and audio clips of
    Mitch and Theo are available online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at

    Canadian Idol Campaign 2008 Details:

    Top 2 Performance Episode (Sept. 8)

    -   MacDonald, 22, a carpenter and musician from Port Hood, NS,
        and Theo Tams, a 23-year-old student from Lethbridge, AB, are the
        final two competitors in a season that saw more male competitors
        audition - and advance - than ever before.
    -   The race is tight: Mitch has never landed among the bottom group of
        competitors while Theo has on one occasion, during Top 7 week.
    -   Mitch and Theo sing three songs each - one selected by the judges, a
        song of their choice and the winner's single.
    -   This is the first East/West Top 2 battle since Season 3, when
        Alberta's Melissa O'Neil triumphed over Newfoundland's Rex Goudie.
        Alberta has produced a Top 2 finalist for four out of six seasons and
        claims two Canadian Idol winners.
    -   The Top 2 are jetting to New York City today to work with Grammy
        Award-winner John Legend. Legend will provide the finalists with
        advice and offer feedback before they take to the Idol stage for
        their last competitive performance.
    -   For the first time ever, a former Canadian Idol competitor mentors
        the Top 2. No stranger to what life is like on the Idol stage, Hedley
        front man Jacob Hoggard, along with his band mates, imparts his
        wisdom on both performing and life post-Idol when they also workshop
        with the final two competitors.
    -   For the first time in Canadian Idol history, each finalist will
        perform a winner's single chosen to reflect their own individual
        styles. Theo Tams performs "Sing" and Mitch MacDonald takes to the
        stage with "Where We Begin". The winner's track will be released to
        radio stations across the country on Thursday, Sept. 11 beginning at
        5 a.m. ET, with the winner's local community receiving the world
        premiere at midnight, local time. The singles are produced by JUNO
        Award-winner Gavin Brown, who has worked with Canadian artists Billy
        Talent and Three Days Grace.
    -   Viewers go to the polls in a two-hour vote immediately following the
        conclusion of the broadcast in their time zone - but the results are
        not revealed for another 48 hours.

    Season Finale (Sept. 10)

    -   The star-studded finale features performances from not only Mariah
        Carey, the most successful female artist of all time, but also five-
        time Grammy winner John Legend, multiple MMVA winner and JUNO
        nominated Hedley, and JUNO winner Jully Black.
    -   The powerhouse show also reunites the Canadian Idol Top 2 with their
        fellow eight eliminated competitors in several performances for the
        final time.
    -   Returning to the stage where he was crowned, and fresh from his
        performance at the Angra Rock Festival in Portugal, Wednesday's
        finale also features a live performance by last year's Canadian Idol
        winner, Brian Melo from his hit CD, Livin' It. Brian's latest single,
        "Summertime," is currently in rotation on radio stations across the
    -   Throughout the broadcast, Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney throws to
        live feeds from local CTV stations in Port Hood, NS, and Lethbridge,
        AB, hometowns of the Top 2 finalists, as their communities rally to
        support the contenders. Lethbridge gathers with CTV anchor Jacquie
        Scantlebury at the University of Lethbridge Sport and Wellness
        Facility beginning at 4:30 p.m. MT, while CTV Atlantic host Liz
        Rigney heads up the festivities at the Bayview Education Centre in
        Port Hood beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
    -   Immediately following Wednesday's broadcast, the newly-minted winner
        signs a recording contract with Shane Carter and Neil Foster, co-
        presidents of SONY BMG MUSIC (CANADA) Inc. Then, they're whisked off
        to the star-studded Canadian Idol Wrap Party at CTV's Queen Street
        headquarters to celebrate their victory with the entire cast and crew
        of Canadian Idol. Tune into eTalk on Thursday, September 11 at
        7 p.m. ET, to check out the exclusive signing and highlights from the
    -   As their winning single hits radio stations across the country, the
        winner then gets ready to record their debut CD.

    In-person interviews with the 2008 Canadian Idol winner and runner-up are
available directly following the finale. To request an interview, please
contact Christy Sullivan at chsullivan@ctv.ca. Finale interviews must be
confirmed in advance as space is limited. The winner and runner-up are also
available for interviews on Thursday, September 11.

    Canadian Idol is sponsored by Kraft, Pantene Pro-V, Gillette Venus
Embrace, and Gillette Fusion Power.

    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.

For further information:

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

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