Two Women + Eight Men equals Canadian Idol's Top 10

    -- David Bowie songbook featured next week in first Top 10
    performances --

    TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - And then there were 10. Following performance
episodes on Monday and Tuesday, the most uneven gender split of Canadian Idol
Top 10 finalists yet was revealed tonight during the last semi-final results
show of the season on CTV. Unfortunately, for the Canadian Idol Top 10 to be
selected, six semi-finalists reached the end of their Idol journey:
Marie-Pierre Bellerose, 25, Quebec City, QC; Katelyn Dawn, 19, Winnipeg, MB;
Martin Kerr, 25, Edmonton, AB; Omar Lunan, 29, Scarborough, ON; Gary
Morissette, 21, Fruitvale, BC and Oliver Pigott, 27, Toronto, ON all received
the fewest votes and were eliminated from the competition.

    The Canadian Idol Top 10 is comprised of two women and eight men, ranging
in age from 17 to 28 who are poised to become household names this summer.
From communities across the country, these 10 finalists represent Idol's most
diverse and musically talented group of individuals. There are four
competitors from Ontario, three from Alberta and one each from Quebec, Nova
Scotia and Newfoundland. And come this September, one of them will be the next
Canadian Idol.

    Meet the 2008 Canadian Idol Top 10:

    -   Adam Castelli, 26, Hamilton, ON, Carpenter, Singer/Songwriter
    -   Mark Day, 20, Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL, Student, Respite Care
    -   Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
    -   Mookie Morris, 18, Toronto, ON, Musician
    -   Sebastian Pigott, 25, Toronto, ON, Actor, Writer
    -   Earl Stevenson, 23, Lloydminster, AB, Swamper for a Backhoe Operator
    -   Katherine St-Laurent, 17, Otterburn Park, QC, Student
    -   Theo Tams, 22, Lethbridge, AB, Student
    -   Amberly Thiessen, 19, Seven Persons, AB, Student
    -   Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

    After saying goodbye to their fellow Top 16 finalists, the elite Top 10
immediately begin rehearsing for next Monday's first Canadian Idol Top 10 show
on July 14 at 8 pm ET, broadcast live from Toronto's John Bassett Theatre.
Dedicated to the songbook of David Bowie, Monday's expanded 90-minute show
will feature each of the Top 10 competitors performing a Bowie hit they have
selected. Then, on Tuesday, July 15 at 8 pm ET on CTV, the first Top 10
elimination episode will reveal the single competitor earning the fewest

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

    Backed by a live, 8-piece band with occasional horns and strings added to
the mix, the Top 10 will perform in front of an audience of 1,000 screaming
fans at Toronto's John Bassett Theatre in the first of nine, Top 10
performance shows next week.

    Additional plans for the final phase of the Canadian Idol competition
will soon be revealed.

    Five years after its premiere season, Canadian Idol continues to hold the
title of the most-watched, original Canadian series (English language) of all
time.(*) One of the most innovative Idol formats in the world, Canadian Idol
Season 6 continues to deliver an average of over a million viewers each week.

    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.

    About 19 Entertainment
    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.

    About FremantleMedia:
    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

    About CTV:
    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

    (*) Since the advent of electronic measurement in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Allie Page, Canadian Idol, (416) 559-4365 or, or Renée Dupuis Macht, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or

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