Music Legend Anne Murray to Perform on Canadian Idol

    Legendary Songstress Anne Murray to Mentor and Perform on Canadian Idol

    - The Top 5 to perform songs from the Anne Murray songbook August 18 on
    CTV -

    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - She has sold more than 50 million albums and is
one of Canada's most enduring national treasures - and she's coming to
Canadian Idol. CTV announced tonight that multiple Grammy and JUNO Award
winning singer Anne Murray will become the latest powerhouse mentor to share
her considerable expertise and work with the Canadian Idol finalists as they
perform selections from her legendary songbook on Monday, August 18 at
9 p.m. ET on CTV. Murray will then perform on the Canadian Idol results
episode on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET when the remaining Top 4 are
revealed (visit to confirm local listings).

    Murray joins an extensive list of accomplished musicians, including
Bryan Adams, Tom Jones and Simple Plan, working with this season's crop of
Canadian Idol finalists. Tonight, former Bush front man Gavin Rossdale
performed live on the program after mentoring the competitors for this weeks
"Unplugged" episodes.

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    available online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at

    Recognized worldwide, Anne Murray's signature voice has graced the
airwaves for over 40 years. With a catalogue of hits, including, "A Little
Good News", "You Needed Me", "Love Song", "Could I Have This Dance" and
"Snowbird", Murray's career continues to be the benchmark for longevity and

    The EMI recording artist has garnered countless accolades, including four
Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music Association Awards and a record number
of JUNO Awards. Her latest CD, Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, was
certified Platinum in three weeks and double Platinum in six weeks. It was her
highest album debut in over 20 years. Murray recently completed a highly
successful "Coast to Coast - One Last Time" Canadian tour and plans are
underway for the release of a special holiday album at the end of September.

    "Anne Murray is an icon and one of television's biggest draws," said
Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "What a
treat for both Canadian Idol's audience and for the competitors who will have
the opportunity to learn from a legend."

    "We have been trying to land Anne Murray for years and we are thrilled to
finally have her join us," said Executive Producer John Brunton. "She is a
true Canadian superstar and it will be a tremendous honour to have her mentor
this year's finalists."

    Highlights from this week's Canadian Idol are available now on demand on
the CTV Video Player at As well, encore presentations of each week's
Performance and Results Episodes air back-to-back Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on

    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

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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