Rock And Roll Heaven Week Makes My Love For “Canadian Idol” 100% Official

likeoursbutwithhealthinsurance.jpgI don’t really want to listen to the music, and I’m not heading to Winnipeg to catch the tour, but this week solidified my adoration for Canadian Idol. Case in point: Americans had to suffer through Andrew Lloyd Webber week, while our Canadian counterparts were treated to the emotional core of popular music–dead people. Sure, the producers fancied up the proceedings by calling the theme of last night’s episode “Rock and Roll Heaven,” but a week dedicated to musicians who have nothing in common besides the fact that they’re no longer alive still reaches new heights of tasteless spectacle. Well played, Canadians.

Two people got their Jason Castro on with tributes to Bob Marley, who just extended his dorm-room dominance to a new generation of Canadians.

Theo Tams – “No Woman, No Cry”

Amberly Thiessen – “Redemption Song”

Some guy named Earl did “Light My Fire.” (No, I’m not posting the YouTube clip.) My fave, Mookie Morris, took on James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” This guy did a Kooks song a few weeks ago!

Mitch McDonald is the pride of his homeland today, as he had the civic pride to perform music by dead Canadian Jeff Healey. (I wondered why no one did a Gordon Lightfoot track, but it turns out, he’s not actually dead. My mistake.) Good call, Mitch. “Angel Eyes” could bring any roadhouse to tears.

Your life might not be complete without seeing Drew Wright’s performance of “No Rain.” Somehow, he managed to make it sound more like reggae than the two Marley tracks.

There were a few other people on the show as well, but nothing too notable. Sebastian Pigott’s take on an Elvis song was particularly awful, and will probably send him home; Mark Day’s performance of Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father” had a heavy-handed quality–and a somewhat authentic tear near the end–that will qualify him to be the Clay Aiken of the Great White North.

Canadian Idol, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for next week. How isn’t there an all-Idol cable channel already, so we can enjoy cross-border simulcasts of this magical, magical show? It’s hurts that I have to wait a day for YouTube to catch up.

Canadian Idol Recap: The Top Nine Perform [National Post]

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t want to rain on your parade…but Canadian Idol is a blight to any Canadian with music taste up here…better songbooks be damned…

  • Arthur2sheds

    My inner pedant won’t let this go: “Angel Eyes” is technically a John Hiatt song, though it was popularized by Jeff Healey.

  • SomeSound-MostlyFury

    @sydbarrett05: I don’t want to rain on your parade, either, but didn’t the words “tasteless spectacle” tip you off to the nature of this post?

  • Anonymous

    Aw…I stand accused…(cue up music!)

    Sorry…just that I too have a deep hatred for Canadian Idol that indeed has severed my irony and humor button!!!!

    Thanx for the recheck! Sometimes I kill me!!!

  • Maura Johnston

    @Arthur2sheds: but john hiatt is still alive!

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  • cheesebubble

    Jeez. That’s a tough call. Canadian Idol vs. How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria. Screw it. This Canadian’s gonna watch Nancy Grace for kicks instead.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @sydbarrett05: Um…I think there was a mite of irony in the original post.

  • Anonymous

    While Canadians might be spared an Andrew Lloyd Webber week on Idol, note that there is an ALW co-produced/hosted reality show currently airing on the publicly funded Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). It’s called ‘What to do About A Problem Called Maria?’and it follows ALW and his cronies in their search for a new lead for his upcoming Canadian production of The Sound of Music. Quid pro quo, Canadian TV is much, much worse than American TV. Plus, we taxpayers have to pay for it.

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