Regina's Matt Rapley Eliminated from Canadian Idol

    - Canada's first idol, Paul Anka, joins Top 4 for next week's "Salute to
    the Standards" -

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - After a staggering 3.9 million votes were cast
last night, Regina's Matt Rapley became the next competitor to be eliminated
from Canadian Idol tonight on CTV. Rapley, 18, received the fewest amount of
votes after his performance of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" during last
night's "My Own Idol" episode. Three males and one female remain in the hunt
to be crowned this year's champion in just three short weeks. In next Monday's
"Salute to the Standards" episode, the Top 4 perform two songs each after
being mentored by Canada's original pop idol, Paul Anka. The Final Four will
workshop with Anka upon their return from hometown tours to Mission, BC;
Drumheller, AB; Hamilton, ON; and West Pubnico, NS this coming Friday and

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

    Last night's episode was the most-watched performance episode of the
season, with 1.7 million total viewers. Devoted to songs originally performed
by the competitors' favourite artists, the broadcast was followed by a massive
telephone calling event that saw nearly 4 million votes registered, up 25 per
cent compared to the same episode last year.

    Tonight's episode featured two live performances by North America's first
Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, who mentored the Top 5 this week. After performing
her latest single "Never Again" and an acoustic version of her hit song 
"Because of You," Clarkson was presented with a Platinum CD by host Ben
Mulroney for her latest release My December on behalf of SONY BMG MUSIC
(Canada) and Canadian Idol. The presentation recognized sales of over 100,000
units in Canada for Clarkson's latest release.

    Joining Rapley in the Bottom Two tonight was Nova Scotia's Dwight d'Eon.
But ultimately it was Rapley who received the bad news that his Canadian Idol
journey had come to an end. Watch an exclusive interview with Rapley
immediately following his elimination on Canadian Idol's companion program,
All-Access, available on demand beginning this Thursday at

    The Canadian Idol Final Four:

      -  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, 25, Hamilton, ON, Construction Worker

    In next Monday's "Salute to the Standards" episode (Aug. 27), the Final
Four will perform two songs each backed by the 20-piece Canadian Idol Big Band
Orchestra under the baton of the series' musical director, Orin Isaacs. Before
that, the four competitors will have the opportunity to learn from one of the
greatest standard's singers around, the original Canadian idol, Paul Anka. On
Tuesday's show (Aug. 28), airing in a new timeslot at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Anka will
take to the Canadian Idol stage himself to perform a medley of standards with
the Top 4 as well as a selection from his upcoming new release, Classic Songs,
My Way.

    Ottawa's Paul Anka is one of the world's most successful entertainers and
songwriters, with awards and accomplishments that are unsurpassed. This year
marks the icon's 50th anniversary in music and to commemorate the occasion, he
has recorded one of his most heartfelt and personal albums to date. Classic
Songs, My Way, to be released September 4 by Decca/Universal Music Canada, is
a collection of Anka's hand-picked favourite songs. The new CD features a duet
with Anka's protégé, Michael Bublé, for whom he co-produced his first album
along with David Foster. The CD also features a new version of Anka's instant
classic "My Way." Anka will tour western Canada this fall in support of the
release. Visit for more information.

    Anka has a staggering 900 songs to his credit and over one hundred songs 
have been recorded by other artists including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand,
Linda Ronstadt, Robbie Williams and, of course, the legendary Frank Sinatra,
among others. Anka's Billboard chart statistics include three No. 1 songs:
"Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "You're Having My Baby," as well as twenty-two Top
20 hits. In addition to being nominated for an Academy Award for "The Longest
Day," Anka was honoured in 2005 when he was awarded the prestigious Order of
Canada, recognizing his lifetime achievements and contributions to people in
all sectors of Canadian society. He is also a proud inductee to Canada's Walk
of Fame.

    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.

    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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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
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    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
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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
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