CTV Media Release: Kalan Porter And Theresa Sokyrka To Compete For Canadian Idol Crown

Kalan Porter and Theresa Sokyrka to Compete for Canadian Idol Crown as Jacob
Hoggard is Eliminated

— A record 2.8 million watch; a record 3.7 million votes received —

Toronto, Ontario (September 9, 2004) – It’s Kalan vs. Theresa. With the elimination tonight of Jacob Hoggard, the stage is now set for next week’s dramatic Canadian Idol finale. Medicine Hat’s Kalan Porter, 18, will square off against Saskatoon’s Theresa Sokyrka, 23, for the title of Canadian Idol. After a record 2.8 million viewers watched last night’s “Judges’ Choice” episode, tonight’s live results broadcast saw the elimination of Abbotsford’s Jacob Hoggard from the competition. Hoggard, 20, received the fewest votes out of a series-high 3.7 million cast following yesterday’s live performance episode.

Up against World Cup hockey, last night’s Canadian Idol was the most-watched episode ever for the series, save for last year’s finale. The audience of 2.8 million (AMA, 2 ) increased 14 per cent compared to last week.* Additionally, the number of votes cast last night surpassed the record high received for last year’s finale by 400,000.

Porter and Sokyrka’s performance on next Wednesday night’s performance episode is their last chance to convince voters that they deserve the Canadian Idol crown. The following night, the winner will be revealed at the end of a spectacular two-hour grand finale, live on CTV Thursday, Sept. 16 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET (taped delayed in the West at 7 p.m. CT and 8 p.m.

In next week’s performance episode, airing Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, Porter and Sokyrka will sing three songs each, including the debut of “Awake in a Dream,” the new Canadian Idol single that will be released to radio stations moments after the new Idol is crowned on Thursday night. The single will be released commercially in October by BMG Canada
Inc. Last year’s single, Ryan Malcolm’s “Something More,” sold more copies
in its first week than any other artist did in any other week for the entire year. It remained at the top of Canada’s Singles Chart for 13 straight weeks and was on the chart for over seven months.

In tonight’s live broadcast, special guest and 2003 Canadian Idol finalist Audrey de Montigny performed her first-ever English-language single “I Keep Crying” from her debut CD Audrey.

Later in the show, following highlights from their “hometown tours,” Hoggard, Porter and Sokyrka joined together for an emotional performance of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” Afterwards, the trio took to the stage separately to reprise their performances from last night’s competition. Sokyrka sang India.Arie’s “Ready for Love,” Porter performed Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy,” while Hoggard sang Cheap Trick’s “I Want You (To Want Me).”

Then it was time to reveal the name of the eliminated competitor. After grouping the three singers together at centre stage, host Ben Mulroney announced that Hoggard had become the eighth competitor to be eliminated from the competition.

Hoggard returns to Canadian Idol next Thursday night to perform with the seven other eliminated competitors from the Top 10.

Canadian Idol is produced in association with CTV by Insight Productions, along with Atlantic Canada-based Rink Rat Productions and Alberta-based Aquila Productions. John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive Producers. Ed Robinson is Senior Vice-President, Comedy, Variety and Talk, CTV Inc. Rick Lewchuk is Senior Vice-President, Program Planning and Promotion, CTV Inc. Susanne Boyce is CTV President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group.

L’Oreal Paris is a major broadcast sponsor of Canadian Idol. L’Oreal Paris is a division of L’Oreal Canada, the leader in the Canadian cosmetics market. A wholly owned subsidiary of L’Oreal Group, the world’s leading cosmetics company, L’Oreal offers its customers a wide range of choices with its diverse portfolio of brands and encompasses all aspects of beauty.

FremantleMedia, formerly known as Pearson Television, is one of the largest international producers of entertainment programmes in the world, producing more than 260 programmes in over 40 territories a year. FremantleMedia’s international distribution division distributes more than 19,000 hours of programmes to 150 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is the con10t business production arm of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, with interest in 23 television channels and 22 radio stations in nine European countries. RTL Group is part of Bertelsmann AG, an integrated media and entertainment company that commands leading positions in the world’s major media markets. For further information please see
FremantleMedia’s website www.fremantlemedia.com

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the
number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty
channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.

Visit the Canadian Idol Web site at www.idol.ctv.ca .

*Source: All audience numbers quoted reflect national average-minute audiences as provided by BBM.

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