Five Guys Remain as Amberly Thiessen Eliminated from Canadian Idol

    -- All-Male Top 5 to perform Judges' Choices from The Beatles' songbook
    next week as Anne Murray rescheduled to August 25/26 --

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - It's official: the next Canadian Idol will be a
guy. Amberly Thiessen, the last female in the competition, was eliminated on
tonight's live CTV broadcast, leaving five males to duke it out for the 2008
title. Thiessen, 19, a student from Seven Persons, AB, received the fewest of
more than 3.3 million votes cast last night, up 7% compared to the same
episode last season. Next week, the all-male Fab Five will perform music from
the songbook of the greatest group of all time, The Beatles, as selected by
Canadian Idol's four-member judging panel, Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan
and Zack Werner. Due to a scheduling change, legendary songstress Anne Murray
will now mentor and perform on Canadian Idol during Top 4 Week, August 25 and

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

    It's the first time the Canadian Idol Top 5 has been comprised of one
gender. Earlier this year, Canadian Idol made history when it announced an
uneven gender split of 15 guys and 9 girls in its Top 24 semi-final round.

    In last night's "Canada Rocks" themed episodes, the competitors performed
all-Canadian songs as mentored by Canadian rock stars Simple Plan. Thiessen
chose to perform the hit song from fellow Albertan Feist, "1, 2, 3, 4..."

    In tonight's live episode, the Top 6 opened the show with "Money City
Maniacs" by East Coast rockers Sloan. Later, Simple Plan rocked the Idol stage
with their blockbuster single "Your Love is a Lie" from their new album Simple
Plan. The first single from the same album, "When I'm Gone," is heard every
Tuesday during the highlight reel for the eliminated competitor. The Montréal
based group hit the road for a national tour later this month.

    Thiessen was joined in tonight's Bottom Three by Earl Stevenson - who
escaped elimination for the second week in a row - and Drew Wright, who made
his first trip to the Bottom Three.

    The Canadian Idol Top 5 performing in next week's "Judges' Choice/The
Beatles' Songbook" (Monday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/Tuesday, August 19 at 8
p.m. ET; visit to confirm local broadcast times).

    Ranging in age from 18 to 28, the five remaining male competitors
represent Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia:

    1. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
    2. Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto, ON, Musician
    3. Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
    4. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
    5. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

    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 or Christy Sullivan, Canadian Idol, (416) 559-4365 or

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