Canadian Idol (season 1)

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Canadian Idol
Season 1
Broadcast from June 9 – September 16, 2003
Judges Farley Flex
Jake Gold
Sass Jordan
Zack Werner
Host(s) Ben Mulroney
Broadcaster CTV
Winner
Ryan Malcolm
Origin Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Song "Something More"
Genre(s) Rock
Runner-up
Gary Beals
Chronology

The first season of Canadian Idol debuted on June 9, 2003. Ryan Malcolm of Kingston, Ontario was the eventual winner.

Auditions[edit]

Auditions were held in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, and St. John's, in the spring.

Semi-finals[edit]

Semifinal Group 1 (7 July 2003)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Quisha Wint "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
2 Danny Balkwill "All in Love is Fair" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
3 Kelly-Ann Evans "Georgia On My Mind" (Ray Charles) Eliminated
4 Miranda Walsh "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Lauryn Hill) Eliminated
5 Billy Klippert "Superstar" (The Carpenters) Advanced
6 Jessica David "Love Will Lead You Back" (Taylor Dayne) Eliminated
7 Mikey Bustos "Sometimes When We Touch" (Dan Hill) Advanced
8 Tara Martel "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" (Gladys Knight & the Pips) Eliminated
9 Andrew Leader "Lately" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
10 Candida Clauseri "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston) Advanced
Notes
  • Candida Clauseri, Mikey Bustos and Billy Klippert advanced to the top 11 of the competition. The other 7 contestants were eliminated.
  • Andrew Leader returned for a second chance at the top 11 in the Wildcard Round.

Semifinal Group 2 (14 July 2003)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Phil de Torres "My Cherie Amour" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
2 Faith McMillan "There You'll Be" (Faith Hill) Eliminated
3 Jermain Maxwell [1] "Always and Forever" (Heatwave) Eliminated
4 Joni Rodney "You've Changed" (Billie Holiday) Eliminated
5 Marc Devigne "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John) Eliminated
6 Nicole Sinclair "Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
7 Richie Wilcox "Your Smiling Face" (James Taylor) Advanced
8 Jenny Gear "Tower of Song" (Leonard Cohen) Advanced
9 Tyler Hamilton "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John) Advanced
10 Bebe Booth "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding) Eliminated
Notes
  • Tyler Hamilton, Jenny Gear and Richie Wilcox advanced to the top 11 of the competition. The other 7 contestants were eliminated.
  • Marc Devigne returned for a second chance at the top 11 in the Wildcard Round.

Semifinal Group 3 (21 July 2003)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Tyler Done "Three Times a Lady" (Commodores) Eliminated
2 Yvette Miller "The Prayer" (Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli) Eliminated
3 Sherry St. Germain "Chain of Fools" (Aretha Franklin) Eliminated
4 Justin Ament "Amazed" (Lonestar) Eliminated
5 Toya Alexis "I Believe in You and Me" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
6 Audrey de Montigny "Reflection" (Christina Aguilera) Advanced
7 Gary Beals "At This Moment" (Billy Vera) Advanced
8 Sharon Van den Enden "Get Here" (Oleta Adams) Eliminated
9 Ryan Malcolm "One" (U2) Eliminated
10 Karen Lee Batten "Come Away with Me" (Norah Jones) Advanced
Notes
  • Audrey de Montigny, Gary Beals and Karen Lee Batten advanced to the top 11 of the competition. The other 7 contestants were eliminated.
  • Tyler Done, Toya Alexis, Sharon van den Enden and Ryan Malcolm returned for a second chance at the top 11 in the Wildcard Round.

Wildcard (28 July 2003)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Toya Alexis "Try It On My Own" (Whitney Houston) Advanced
2 Ryan Malcolm "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel) Advanced
3 Tyler Done "Isn't She Lovely" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
4 Kevin Murdock "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John) Eliminated
5 Andrew Leader "Me and Mrs. Jones" (Billy Paul) Eliminated
6 Marc Devigne "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins) Eliminated
7 Sharon van den Enden "A Woman's Worth" (Alicia Keys) Eliminated
Notes
  • Toya Alexis and Ryan Malcolm received the most votes, and completed the top 11.

Finals[edit]

The Final 11 performed through various "theme" weeks. These weeks included the Canadian Hits week, and the Love Songs week. With each week, one contestant would be eliminated, until the winner was found.

Top 11 (4 August 2003)[edit]

Theme: Canadian Hits

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Billy Klippert "If You Could Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot) Safe
2 Toya Alexis "If You Asked Me To" (Celine Dion) Bottom four
3 Richie Wilcox "Bulletproof" (Blue Rodeo) Eliminated
4 Karen Lee Batten "Black Velvet" (Alannah Myles) Eliminated
5 Gary Beals "Angel" (Sarah McLachlan) Safe
6 Candida Clauseri "The Power of Love" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
7 Ryan Malcolm "Try" (Blue Rodeo) Safe
8 Jenny Gear "Possession" (Sarah McLachlan) Safe
9 Mikey Bustos "Straight from the Heart" (Bryan Adams) Safe
10 Audrey de Montigny "Angel" (Sarah McLachlan) Safe
11 Tyler Hamilton "After the Rain" (Blue Rodeo) Safe

Top 8 (11 August 2003)[edit]

Theme: Motown

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Mikey Bustos "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye) Eliminated
2 Jenny Gear "Sir Duke" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
3 Ryan Malcolm "For Once in My Life" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
4 Audrey de Montigny "Mercy Mercy Me" (Marvin Gaye) Safe
5 Tyler Hamilton "My Girl" (The Temptations) Eliminated
6 Toya Alexis "If You Really Love Me" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
7 Billy Klippert "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (Stevie Wonder) Bottom three
8 Gary Beals "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder) Safe

Top 6 (18 August 2003)[edit]

Theme: Summertime Hits

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Jenny Gear "Summertime" (Abbie Mitchell) Safe
2 Gary Beals "Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers) Bottom three
3 Audrey de Montigny "Dreamlover" (Mariah Carey) Bottom two
4 Billy Klippert "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) Safe
5 Toya Alexis "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
6 Ryan Malcolm "Drift Away" (Dobie Gray) Safe

Top 5 (25 August 2003)[edit]

Theme: Elton John

Order Artist Song Result
1 Audrey de Montigny "The One" Safe
2 Ryan Malcolm "Believe" Bottom two
3 Jenny Gear "Rocket Man" Eliminated
4 Gary Beals "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" Safe
5 Billy Klippert "Levon" Safe

Top 4 (1 September 2003)[edit]

Theme: Love Songs

Order Artist First song (original artists) Order Second song Result
1 Billy Klippert "Hooked on a Feeling" (B. J. Thomas) 6 "I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Safe
2 Audrey de Montigny "Turn Me On" (Norah Jones) 5 "The Greatest Love of All" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
3 Gary Beals "Let’s Stay Together" (Al Green) 8 "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge) Bottom two
4 Ryan Malcolm "Crazy" (Willie Nelson) 7 "Hooked on a Feeling" (B. J. Thomas) Safe

Top 3 (8 September 2003)[edit]

Theme: Judge's/Competitor’s Choice

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song Result
1 Ryan Malcolm "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (The Hollies) "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (Billy Joel) Safe
2 Gary Beals "Wildflower" (Skylark) "Overjoyed" (Stevie Wonder) Safe
3 Billy Klippert "Everytime You Go Away" (Paul Young) "Plush" (Stone Temple Pilots) Eliminated

Top 2 (15 September 2003)[edit]

Order Artist First song Second song Third song Result
1 Ryan Malcolm "Something More" "Down on the Corner" "Stand by Me" Winner
2 Gary Beals "To Love Somebody" "Something More" "A Whole New World" Runner-up

Elimination chart[edit]

Week: Top 11 Top 8 Top 6 Top 5 Top 4 Top 3 Top 2
Place Contestant Result
1 Ryan Malcolm Bottom 2 Winner
2 Gary Beals Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Runner-up
3 Billy Klippert Bottom 3 Elim
4 Audrey de Montigny Bottom 2 Elim
5 Jenny Gear Elim
6 Toya Alexis Bottom 4 Elim
7 Mikey Bustos Elim
8 Tyler Hamilton
9 Richie Wilcox Elim
10 Candida Clauseri
11 Karen Lee Batten

Releases[edit]

Major/minor/independent releases[edit]

(This list does not include pre-Idol releases)

Eight other members of the Season One Top 11 have released their own solo albums, including Gary Beals, Billy Klippert, Audrey De Montigny, Jenny Gear, Toya Alexis, Mikey Bustos, and Karen Lee Batten.

See also[edit]