CTV Release: Mariah Carey Headlines Canadian Idol Season Finale

    -- Superstar Mariah Carey to Headline Canadian Idol Season Finale,
       Sept. 10 on CTV --

    -- John Legend, Hedley, reigning Idol champ Brian Melo and Jully Black
       also to perform in star-studded, two-hour television event --

    "(Canadian) Idol reaches peak of pure entertainment." - TV Guide,
    August 19, 2008

    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - CTV announced today that Mariah Carey will
headline the star-studded, two-hour Canadian Idol season finale, airing live
on Wednesday, September, 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. The most successful female
artist of all time will perform on the results episode, after the Canadian
Idol Top 2 compete for the nation one last time in the final performance show
airing Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The powerhouse line-up of
talent scheduled to perform in the finale also features five-time Grammy
winner John Legend; multiple MMVA winner and JUNO nominated Hedley, fronted by
Idol alumnus Jacob Hoggard; last year's Canadian Idol champ Brian Melo; and
newest Idol cast member, JUNO winner Jully Black.

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

    "Viewers are in for a treat in what is shaping up to be one of the most
spectacular Canadian Idol finales ever," said Susanne Boyce, President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    The dramatic finish to the season will be intensified by the two-day wait
for the results. With four men left in the competition, the sixth Canadian
Idol is guaranteed to be a male for the second year in a row. It's the
conclusion to a season that many fans are calling one of the best ever. After
this week's performance episode, TV Guide wrote "watching last night's
Canadian Idol...was one of the best experiences I've had at the reality show.
And, sitting in my cushy seat amid rabid fans and blinding spotlights, I
rediscovered the brilliance this Idol thing had when it was new and
revolutionary." Additional details about Canadian Idol's sixth season finale
will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Multi-platinum, award-winning superstar Mariah Carey has been making hit
songs since her album debut in 1990. With worldwide sales now exceeding
160 million albums, she is the biggest selling female artist of all-time.
Carey has recorded 18 No.1 singles, surpassing Elvis Presley's previous record
of 17 No.1 singles, and is now positioned as the only active recording artist
with the potential to surpass the Beatles (with 20 No.1's). Carey's current
album E=MC(2) which is her eleventh studio album, debuted at No.1 on the
Nielsen Canadian Soundscan Album Chart upon release. It is the follow up to
her 10 million-selling, multi-Grammy winning The Emancipation of Mimi.

    Carey joins a long list of internationally renowned musical guests who
have hit the Canadian Idol stage to perform and mentor the competitors this
season, including former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, rockers Simple Plan and
the legendary Tom Jones. Performing next week (Aug. 25) is legendary
songstress Anne Murray, who also mentors the competitors, along with American
Idol champ Jordin Sparks. Canadian icon Bryan Adams mentors and then performs
Sept. 2 in the penultimate results episode.

    Also performing during the Canadian Idol finale are:

    John Legend

    Since leaving his role as an in-demand studio session player and stepping
into the spotlight in 2004, John Legend has built his reputation as a premier
singer, songwriter, pianist and performer. His debut album, Get Lifted, was a
critical and commercial triumph, earning eight Grammy nominations - of which
Legend won three - and sold more than three million copies worldwide. Legend's
second release, Once Again, followed suit, winning him another Grammy. Legend
has also released Live From Philadelphia, won his fifth overall career Grammy
in 2006 and launched the Show Me Campaign. Legend is currently putting the
finishing touches on Evolver, his first full-length studio album since 2006,
which will be available online and in stores on Tuesday, October 28.


    Hedley's road to rock n' roll stardom kicked off in 2005 with their
self-titled album that was deemed the most successful domestic debut rock
album of the year. Hedley garnered five hit singles, ("321," "Gunnin'," "On My
Own," "Trip" and "Villain" - four of which went to No.1 on MuchMusic),
multiple JUNO nominations and an MMVA for Best Pop Video ("Gunnin"). Leading
up to the release of their second album, Famous Last Words, in October 2007,
the band gained two years of road experience in Canada and the US, headlining
as well as supporting the likes of Bon Jovi and Nickelback. Famous Last Words
is approaching double platinum status, and still in the Top 20 on Soundscan
after 42 weeks. The album garnered four MMVAs and produced three No.1 videos
on MuchMusic and two on MuchMoreMusic. The band, comprised of lead vocalist
Jacob Hoggard, bassist Tom MacDonald, guitarist Dave Rosin and drummer Chris
Crippin, are gearing up for a cross-Canada theatre tour beginning in October.

    Brian Melo

    It's been a whirlwind year for Hamilton, Ontario's Brian Melo. After
winning last year's Canadian Idol crown, Melo went straight into the studio.
While Melo enlisted the help of some of Canada's premier music composers and
lyricists to work with him on the record, he played an instrumental role not
only in recording the album, but also writing and composing it. Melo also
takes great pride in delivering a memorable live show and insists that onstage
is where he feels most at home. With his constant touring over the past year,
and singles "All I Ever Wanted" and "Shine" having already climbed the
Canadian singles charts, it's no surprise that the aptly titled debut album,
Livin' It, is well on its way to being certified gold.

    Jully Black

    Since releasing her compelling debut, This Is Me, in 2005, Jully Black
has firmly established herself as one of Canada's most revered music stars.
Joining the cast of Canadian Idol as a mentor, champion and confidant for the
Idol hopefuls has been an exciting experience for the Toronto native and is
yet another item on her long list of successes to date. Featuring infectious
singles "Seven Day Fool" and "Queen", her sophomore album Revival earned
numerous accolades including a win for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and
nomination for Single of Year at The 2008 JUNO Awards. Black has penned songs
for Destiny's Child and Nas, shared the stage with Bon Jovi, Josh Groban,
Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Usher and collaborated with countless influential Canadian
artists and songwriters, including Ian Thornley, Dallas Green and Hawksley

    Highlights from each week's Canadian Idol episodes are available on
demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. Encore presentations of each week's
Performance and Results Episodes also air back-to-back Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
on MuchMoreMusic.

    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.

    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 www.ctv.ca.

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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