Idol's Earl Stevenson Eliminated After Nearly 4 Million Vote

    - Bryan Adams to Mentor and Perform in Next Week's Top 3 Shows -

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - With only two weeks to go before Canada crowns
its next Canadian Idol, host Ben Mulroney revealed live on CTV tonight this
season's Top 3. The very popular Earl Stevenson, 23, a swamper for a backhoe
operator from Lloydminster, AB, was eliminated after he received the fewest of
nearly four million votes cast following his performance last night of the
Anne Murray cover of "Killing Me Softly" and his personal pick, "The Joker" by
The Steve Miller Band. Remaining in the competition are three men representing
Western, Central and Atlantic Canada.

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

    The Top 4 performed songs by Anne Murray during last night's show.
Murray, who mentioned she has "been watching the show religiously," was a very
intuitive and honest mentor to the competitors. Stevenson was especially
thrilled to meet Murray as "he was excited to learn a great deal from her."
Murray was quick to point out her appreciation of Stevenson's "innocence...and
unusual unique sounding voice." A fan favourite from the start of the
competition, Stevenson decided to try out for the Idol competition after a
knee injury sidelined him from a winter filled with snowboarding. Once he hit
the Idol stage, his countless fans across the country could not have been
happier. His amazing Idol journey has surprised no one more than Stevenson, as
Idol Judge Sass Jordan mentioned on several occasions. "Earl is a true
original rock star and one of the coolest people to ever grace the Idol

    Tonight's episode opened with the Top 4 performing Murray's classic hit,
"Danny's Song". The iconic songstress then brought her expertise and signature
voice to the stage as she performed "Daydream Believer" and "Could I Have This
Dance" from her current smash hit album Duets Friends & Legends.

    Also taking to the Idol stage was American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who
thrilled the audience with her performance of "One Step at a Time." The single
is the latest from Sparks' self-titled debut album, which also produced the
infectious singles "Tattoo" and "No Air," the popular collaboration with Chris

    Next week the Final Three finalists will be mentored by Bryan Adams as
they perform songs from his extensive songbook for the Performance Episode
airing Monday, September 1 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The following night, Adams
takes over the Canadian Idol stage during the Results Episode at 8 p.m. ET on
CTV, prior to the announcement of the 2008 Top 2 (visit to confirm
local broadcast times).

    The Top 2 perform for the nation one last time on Monday, September 8 at
9 p.m. ET before the winner is announced in a star-studded results episode on
Wednesday September 10, at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Featured in the two-hour finale
are chart-topper Mariah Carey along with John Legend, Hedley, Canadian Idol
Brian Melo, Idol's newest cast member Jully Black and the Canadian Idol Top

    The Canadian Idol Top 3 performing next week are:

    1. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
    2. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
    3. 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.

    About Bryan Adams

    One of the most successful Canadian singer-songwriters of all time, Bryan
Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. Selling over
65 million records while touring six continents, Adams has achieved
No.1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With memorable hits such as
"Summer of 69," "18 Til I Die" and "Heaven," Bryan Adams has solidified his
status among the great songwriters of our time.

    Adams has been awarded the Order of Canada for both his contribution to
popular music and his philanthropic work, and was inducted into Canada's Walk
of Fame in 1998. More recently, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall
of Fame at the 2006 JUNO Awards. Additionally, he has been nominated for three
Academy Awards and five Golden Globes for his songwriting.

For further information:

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

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