Toronto, Ontario (August 3, 2005) -Calgary’s Amber Fleury has become the next competitor to be eliminated from Canadian Idol, it was announced live on CTV tonight. The 26 year-old paralegal is the second Western Canadian in a row to be eliminated after receiving the least amount of votes. A record 2.7 million votes were cast (an increase of 17 per cent compared to last year) after over 2.2 million watched Tuesday night’s “Music of the 80s” performance episode.* Once again, three competitors from Western Canada landed in the Bottom Three. Now, seven remain to compete again on Canada’s Number One show as Canadian Idol salutes “The Standards” next week.
Following last night’s totally tubular salute to the 80s, Toronto’s John Bassett Theatre was filled to the max with over 1,000 stoked fans including Peter MacKay and members of the Conservative Party caucus. The Canadian Idol Top 8 kicked off the show with fully radical 80s medley, including “Run to You,” “Material Girl,” “What About Love,” “The Power of Love” and “Addicted to Love.”
The party atmosphere changed dramatically when host Ben Mulroney revealed the names of the three Western Canadian competitors who had received the least amount of votes last night: Fleury; Josh Palmer, 22 from Saskatoon, SK, who was in last week’s Bottom Three; and Kamloop’s Suzi Rawn, 22, who was making her first appearance in the Bottom Three after fellow British Columbian Ashley Leitao was eliminated last week.
After Mulroney sent Palmer back to the safety of the competitor couch, Fleury and Rawn were left waiting for the final judgment. Ultimately, Rawn was invited to stay another week while Fleury became the third competitor to be eliminated from the Top 10. Fleury closed the show with a reprise of her Tuesday night performance of Cher’s “Just Like Jesse James.”
Palmer and Rawn return next week to perform in Canadian Idol’s tribute to “The Standards,” featuring a live Big Band orchestra. The Top Seven will perform classic standards from the likes of Dinah Washington, Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Diane Schuur and Michael Buble.
In addition to Palmer and Rawn, the remaining finalists are: Daryl Brunt, 16, Sudbury, ON; Rex Goudie, 19, Burlington, NL; Casey LeBlanc, 17, Nackawic, NB; Melissa O’Neil, 17, Calgary, AB; and Aaron Walpole, 26, St. Thomas, ON.
Tickets to Canadian Idol’s live performance and results shows are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by telephone (check local listings). Tickets go on sale at 12 noon on the Tuesday 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 idol.ctv.ca for more information.