Newfoundland's Tara Oram Eliminated as Canadian Idol Top 5 Announced

    First American Idol Winner Kelly Clarkson Performs for Top 5 "My Own
    Idol" Week

    TORONTO, August 14, 2007 /CNW/ - Newfoundland's Tara Oram appeared to be
walking on sunshine when she performed her Pop Rock song selection for
Canadian Idol audiences on Monday. Despite her lively performance, the
23-year-old competitor from Hare Bay received the fewest of the 3.1 million
votes cast, making her the next competitor eliminated from the Top 10 this
season. Following the announcement of the results in tonight's show, just one
female was left standing with the remaining four male competitors as Oram
charmed fans once more with her rendition of Katrina & The Waves' "Walking On

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Audio clips and photography from tonight's show as
well as an all-new photo of the remaining five Canadian Idol finalists can be
found online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at

    After receiving advice from this week's guests Maroon 5, the Top 6 each
performed their Pop Rock selections during Monday night's episode, drawing the
biggest performance show audience of the season with over 1.6 million total
viewers. In tonight's show, the Idols kicked things off with a group
performance of the Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting hit "All For Love". Then
guest performers Maroon 5 took the stage to play their No. 1 hit "Makes Me
Wonder" and "Wake Up Call", both off their latest release It Won't Be Soon
Before Long.

    Before host Ben Mulroney announced the results of last night's voting,
Oram was joined on stage by the two other members of the bottom three, West
Pubnico, NS's Dwight d'Eon and Mission, B.C.'s Carly Rae Jepsen. d'Eon and
Jepsen will return next week to work with guest mentor Kelly Clarkson and
perform their selections for "My Own Idol" week.

    The remaining finalists moving on to the Top 5 are:

    -   Jaydee Bixby, 17, Drumheller, AB, Student
    -   Dwight d'Eon, 28, West Pubnico, NS, Lobster Fisherman
    -   Carly Rae Jepsen, 21, Mission, BC, Student/Waitress
    -   Brian Melo, 24, Hamilton, ON, Construction Worker
    -   Matt Rapley, 18, Regina, SK, Student

    Following the release of their quadruple platinum-selling debut album
Songs About Jane, Universal Music Canada/A&M/Octone Records' Maroon 5 have
returned after four years with their follow-up album It Won't Be Soon Before
Long. Their first album spawned four chart-topping singles including "This
Love" and "Sunday Morning", and earned the band two Grammy awards.

    Next week, Kelly Clarkson will grace the Canadian Idol stage when she
joins the Top 5 competitors for the "My Own Idol" themed episodes on
August 20-21. Clarkson will mentor the Top 5 as they rehearse songs originally
sung by their musical heroes to be performed August 20, and then takes to the
Canadian Idol stage herself to perform on the results show on August 21.

    Tickets to Canadian Idol's live performance and results shows are
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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
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    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. Rick Lewchuk is CTV's Senior Vice-President, Program Planning and
Promotion. Ed Robinson is CTV's Senior Vice-President, Comedy and Variety.
Susanne Boyce is CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media

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