Canadian Idol (season 4)

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Canadian Idol
Season 4
Broadcast from May 29 – September 17, 2006
Judges Farley Flex
Jake Gold
Sass Jordan
Zack Werner
Host(s) Ben Mulroney
Broadcaster CTV
Eva Avila
Origin Hull, Quebec, Canada
Song "Meant to Fly"
Genre(s) Pop, R&B
Craig Sharpe

The fourth season of Canadian Idol began in February 2006 ran until September 2006. Zack Werner, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, and Farley Flex returned to judge, and Ben Mulroney returned to host, with Elena Juatco as the new roving reporter. The season premiered on May 29, five days after the finale of American Idol Season 5. The Canadian Idol title was awarded to competitor Eva Avila on September 17, 2006.

On Saturday, September 16, 2006, a day prior to the public announcement of the Idol results, Sony BMG Music Entertainment began offering Avila's version of the first single, Meant to Fly, for sale on the website [1]. Although the page was subsequently blanked, the artwork for the single could be located within the image files of the webpage.[2] This occurrence led to the creation of many rumours regarding the winner of the competition.


Auditions were held in eleven cities in the Winter and early Spring of 2006 in the following order:

Notable auditioners[edit]

  • Chelsea Johnson: It was her 4th audition for the show; she is notable for farting just as she was about to sing, and then gasping "I totally just farted!", which sent the judges into a laughter frenzy. This infamous moment later aired on Most Outrageous Moments, and is very popular on YouTube.

Top 22, The Semi-Finals[edit]

For the fourth season, the format of the preliminary rounds was changed, based on American Idol's Top 24. The wildcard round was abolished; instead, the Top 22 was divided into a group of 11 men and another group of 11 women. Two competitors were eliminated from each group for three weeks, resulting in a 5 male and 5 female Top 10 for the finals.

The Toronto elimination rounds were aired in a two-hour broadcast on June 20. One original member of the Top 22, Philip King, dropped out for unspecified personal reasons and was replaced by Chris Labelle.

Those who were eliminated before the finals are listed below.

Males Eliminated[edit]

  • Sheldon Elter, 27, is from Edmonton, Alberta and an accomplished local theatrical writer and actor. His one-man play, Metis Mutt, which was performed at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2002, won him two local awards. He is the first aboriginal competitor in the program's history.
  • Keith Macpherson, 27, is from Winnipeg, Manitoba but auditioned in Toronto. An English major at the University of Winnipeg, he sings in the local pop group Easily Amused.
  • Chris Labelle, 24, is a bar server from Ottawa, Ontario. He was originally cut from the Top 22, but was named to the semi-finals after Phil King quit.
  • Greg Neufeld, 22, is from Abbotsford, British Columbia and auditioned in Vancouver. He is a member of the band Di Marco. Greg auditioned again for Canadian Idol Season 5 and made the Top 10.
  • Jeremy Kozielec (or simply Koz), 26, is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and the lead singer of independent band Floor 13. He made the top 50 for Rock Star: INXS in 2005.
  • Nathan Brown, 26, is from Dewberry, Alberta, and auditioned in Edmonton. He is a former cruise ship singer and has built his own personal recording studio in his home.

Females Eliminated[edit]

Top 22[edit]


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Jeremy Koz "It's Only Love" (Bryan Adams & Tina Turner) Eliminated
2 Craig Sharpe "What Hurts the Most" (Rascal Flatts) Safe
3 Nathan Brown "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) Eliminated
4 Brandon Jones "Lady" (Kenny Rogers) Safe
5 Rob James "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green) Bottom 4
6 Keith Macpherson "Collide" (Howie Day) Safe
7 Chris Labelle "Walking in Memphis" (Marc Cohn) Safe
8 Tyler Lewis "Here Without You" (3 Doors Down) Safe
9 Sheldon Elter "Gonna Move" (Paul Pena) Bottom 4
10 Chad Doucette "Tonight I Wanna Cry" (Keith Urban) Safe
11 Greg Neufeld "You and I Both" (Jason Mraz) Safe


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Ashley Coles "Alone" (Heart) Safe
2 Kati Durst "Drift Away" (Dobie Gray) Safe
3 Alyssa Klazek "Ready for Love" (India Arie) Bottom 4
4 Valerie Jalbert "Remember Me This Way" (Gary Glitter) Eliminated
5 Steffi D "I Only Have Eyes for You" (Ella Fitzgerald) Bottom 4
6 Sarah Loverock "Since I Fell for You" (Barbra Streisand) Safe
7 Alisha Nauth "Always" (Bon Jovi) Safe
8 Eva Avila "Angel" (Sarah McLachlan) Safe
9 Nancy Silverman "Could I Be Your Girl" (Jann Arden) Safe
10 Anna-Belle Oliva "Someone Like You" (Linda Eder) Eliminated
11 Ashley Coulter "Bring It on Home to Me" (Sam Cooke) Safe

Top 18[edit]


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Greg Neufeld "Rocket Man" (Elton John) Eliminated
2 Tyler Lewis "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (Ozzy Osbourne) Safe
3 Chris Labelle "We Shall Be Free" (Garth Brooks) Eliminated
4 Craig Sharpe "This I Promise You" (NSYNC) Safe
5 Sheldon Elter "Moondance" (Van Morrison) Bottom 4
6 Chad Doucette "Save the Last Dance for Me" (The Drifters) Safe
7 Rob James "Heaven" (Bryan Adams) Bottom 4
8 Brandon Jones "Somebody to Love" (Queen) Safe
9 Keith Macpherson "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" (Vertical Horizon) Safe


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Ashley Coulter "I'm the Only One" (Melissa Etheridge) Bottom 4
2 Eva Avila "Killing Me Softly" (The Fugees) Safe
3 Alisha Nauth "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated
4 Sarah Loverock "I Don't Want to Be" (Gavin DeGraw) Safe
5 Steffi D "White Flag" (Dido) Safe
6 Kati Durst "I Hope You Dance" (Lee Ann Womack) Safe
7 Ashley Coles "Misery" (Pink) Bottom 4
8 Alyssa Klazek "Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf) Eliminated
9 Nancy Silverman "Fallin'" (Alicia Keys) Safe

Top 14[edit]


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Steffi D "Kiss Me" (Sixpence None the Richer) Safe
2 Ashley Coles "Think" (Aretha Franklin) Eliminated
3 Ashley Coulter "Crazy" (Patsy Cline) Safe
4 Nancy Silverman "Stupid" (Sarah McLachlan) Eliminated
5 Eva Avila "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell) Safe
6 Sarah Loverock "She Talks to Angels" (The Black Crowes) Safe
7 Kati Durst "Not Ready to Make Nice" (Dixie Chicks) Safe


Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Craig Sharpe "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen) Safe
2 Brandon Jones "Easy" (Commodores) Safe
3 Keith Macpherson "Tempted" (Squeeze) Eliminated
4 Chad Doucette "Iris" (Goo Goo Dolls) Safe
5 Sheldon Elter "Hard to Handle" (Otis Redding) Eliminated
6 Tyler Lewis "Old Time Rock and Roll" (Bob Seger) Safe
7 Rob James "Chariot" (Gavin DeGraw) Safe

Top 10, The Finals[edit]

After the Semi-Finals, the final 10 competitors are faced with a new theme challenge every week. Based on public voting, one finalist is eliminated each week. The season finale of Canadian Idol took place on September 17, 2006. It was moved from its usual Tuesday result show to Sunday to help CTV premiere their new fall TV shows like The Amazing Race. Eva Avila from Gatineau, Quebec is 2006 Canadian Idol.


  • Eva Avila (born February 25, 1987 in Gatineau, Quebec, 19 years old during the season), is a postal clerk from Hull, Quebec, who auditioned in Ottawa. She was a former winner of the Jeune Diva du Quebec contest. She is the 2006 Canadian Idol.
  • Craig Sharpe (born September 23, 1989 in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, 16 years old during the season), is from Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland, and auditioned in St. John's. He is a Grade 11 student at Ascension Collegiate School.
  • Tyler Lewis (born July 3, 1986, 20 years old during the season), is a waiter from Rockglen, Saskatchewan, and auditioned in Regina.
  • Chad Doucette (born August 3, 1988, 18 years old during the season), is from East Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, and auditioned in Halifax. He made the Top 48 in Season 3, but was cut in the last round before the semi-finals. In Season 4, he became known for a "wardrobe malfunction" in the early rounds in which his shirt got stuck in the zipper of his pants during the middle of a song.
  • Steffi DiDomenicantonio (known as Steffi D) (born April 28, 1989 in Orleans, Ontario, 17 years old during the season), is from Ottawa, Ontario. A student at Ecole secondaire De La Salle, she has been a stage performer at several Ottawa-area venues. She is known for the trademark bow in her hair.
  • Ashley Coulter (born April 26, 1983 in Emeryville, Ontario, 23 years old during the season), is a supermarket cashier from London, Ontario, who auditioned in Kitchener. She was a singer in a local rock band called Nemesis.
  • Rob James (born October 30, 1977, 28 years old during the season), is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a former member of the pop group McMaster & James who auditioned for Season 4 after his group's album deal expired. He has also written a song for the debut CD of Season 1 winner Ryan Malcolm.
  • Brandon Jones (born June 17, 1989 in St John's, Newfoundland, 17 years old during the season), is from Quispamsis, New Brunswick and auditioned in his birthplace of St John's, Newfoundland. He is a Grade 11 student at Kennebecasis Valley High School.
  • Sarah Loverock (born June 11, 1981, 25 years old during the season), is a supermarket supervisor from Gibsons, British Columbia, who auditioned in Vancouver and has performed in Nashville. She made it to the Top 48 in 2005's Season 3 before being cut. Sarah released a single entitled The Dreamer with America's Hot Musician winners that was certified Gold by the CRIA on November 4, 2009.
  • Kati Durst (born December 12, 1979, 26 years old during the season), is an automotive detailer from Goderich, Ontario, who auditioned in Kitchener. Despite having a severe cold when auditioning, she was still put through to the next round.


Top 10 – Canada Rocks![edit]

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Sarah Loverock "Life Is a Highway" (Tom Cochrane) Safe
2 Rob James "Hurts to Love You" (The Philosopher Kings) Safe
3 Steffi D "Alone in the Universe" (David Usher) Bottom 3
4 Tyler Lewis "Too Bad" (Nickelback) Safe
5 Kati Durst "It Makes No Difference" (The Band) Eliminated
6 Brandon Jones "California" (Wave) Safe
7 Craig Sharpe "Losing Grip" (Avril Lavigne) Safe
8 Ashley Coulter "American Woman" (The Guess Who) Bottom 2
9 Chad Doucette "The Other Man" (Sloan) Safe
10 Eva Avila "Powerless (Say What You Want)" (Nelly Furtado) Safe

Top 9 – The Rolling Stones[edit]

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Rob James "Start Me Up" Safe
2 Eva Avila "Wild Horses" Safe
3 Tyler Lewis "Paint It Black" Safe
4 Sarah Loverock "I Got the Blues" Eliminated
5 Brandon Jones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" Safe
6 Ashley Coulter "Gimme Shelter" Bottom 2
7 Chad Doucette "You Can't Always Get What You Want" Safe
8 Steffi D "Miss You" Bottom 3
9 Craig Sharpe "Time Is on My Side" Safe

Top 8 – The 80s[edit]

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Brandon Jones "I'll Be There for You" (Bon Jovi) Eliminated
2 Craig Sharpe "Wind Beneath My Wings" (Bette Midler) Safe
3 Rob James "You Give Love a Bad Name" (Bon Jovi) Safe
4 Steffi D "It's My Life" (Talk Talk) Safe
5 Chad Doucette "Never Tear Us Apart" (INXS) Bottom 2
6 Eva Avila "White Wedding" (Billy Idol) Bottom 3
7 Tyler Lewis "Here I Go Again" (Whitesnake) Safe
8 Ashley Coulter "Eternal Flame" (The Bangles) Safe

Top 7 – Classic Rock[edit]

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Rob James "Some Kind of Wonderful" (Grand Funk Railroad) Eliminated
2 Tyler Lewis "Simple Man" (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Safe
3 Eva Avila "Who Wants to Live Forever" (Queen) Safe
4 Craig Sharpe "Cold as Ice" (Foreigner) Safe
5 Ashley Coulter "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Avril Lavigne) Safe
6 Chad Doucette "Bad Side of the Moon" (April Wine) Safe
7 Steffi D "Life on Mars" (David Bowie) Bottom 2

Top 6 – Unplugged[edit]

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Craig Sharpe "It's My Life" (Bon Jovi) Bottom 2
2 Ashley Coulter "Crying" (k.d. lang) Eliminated
3 Chad Doucette "Santa Monica" (Theory of a Deadman) Safe
4 Steffi D "Lovefool" (The Cardigans) Bottom 3
5 Eva Avila "How Come You Don't Call Me" (Alicia Keys) Safe
6 Tyler Lewis "If You Could Only See" (Tonic) Safe

Top 5 – Country[edit]

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Eva Avila "Here You Come Again" (Dolly Parton) Bottom 2
2 Tyler Lewis "Suspicious Minds" (Elvis Presley) Safe
3 Craig Sharpe "Always on My Mind" (Willie Nelson) Safe
4 Steffi D "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (Nancy Sinatra) Eliminated
5 Chad Doucette "If You Could Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot) Safe

Top 4 – Judge's Choice[edit]

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Tyler Lewis "Big League" (Tom Cochrane) Bottom 2
2 Chad Doucette "Hanging by a Moment" (Lifehouse) Eliminated
3 Craig Sharpe "Careless Whisper" (George Michael) Safe
4 Eva Avila "Would I Lie to You" (Eurythmics) Safe
5 Tyler Lewis "Tears in Heaven" (Eric Clapton) Bottom 2
6 Chad Doucette "Everybody Hurts" (R.E.M.) Eliminated
7 Craig Sharpe "The Tears of a Clown" (Smokey Robinson) Safe
8 Eva Avila "Old Skool Love" (Divine Brown) Safe

Top 3 – Standards[edit]

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Craig Sharpe "The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra) Safe
2 Eva Avila "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday) Safe
3 Tyler Lewis "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" (Louis Prima) Eliminated
4 Craig Sharpe "Danny Boy" (Elsie Griffin) Safe
5 Eva Avila "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (Frank Sinatra) Safe
6 Tyler Lewis "It Had to Be You" (Harry Connick Jr.) Eliminated


Each contestant sang three songs.

Order Contestant Song (original artist) Result
1 Craig Sharpe "Meant to Fly" (Chantal Kreviazuk) Runner-Up
2 Eva Avila "Wild Horses" (Natasha Bedingfield) Winner
3 Craig Sharpe "I Surrender" (Celine Dion) Runner-Up
4 Eva Avila "Meant to Fly"(Chantal Kreviazuk) Winner
5 Craig Sharpe "What Hurts the Most" (Rascal Flatts) Runner-Up
6 Eva Avila "How Come You Don't Call Me" (Alicia Keys) Winner

The Judges' Comments[edit]

Listed below is a selection of criticisms and praises from the Judges Jake Gold, Sass Jordan, Farley Flex and Zack Werner from the Top 5 Performance show to the season finale. The songs the idols sang during the performance show can be seen on the list above.

Top 2 Performance Show[edit]

Eva Avila (Winner)

  • Sass Jordan: "You are an international artist and you are the jewel in the Canadian Idol crown" (1-Wild Horses)
  • Jake Gold: "I'd love to hear the recorded version of that song. It was wonderful" (2-Meant to Fly)
  • Zack Werner: "You're a songwriter's dream." (2-Meant to Fly)
  • Farley Flex: "Your performance was my favourite performance on Idol, but not just of you, of anybody" (3-How come you don't call me)
  • Zack Werner: "Clive Davis should come here and kiss your Canadian ***" (3-How come you don't call me)
  • Sass Jordan, Farley Flex, Jake Gold: [STANDING OVATION](3-How come you don't call me)

Craig Sharpe (Runner Up)

  • Jake Gold: "That was, without a doubt, the best thing you've done on this show" (1-Meant to Fly)
  • Farley Flex: "To step up at this point in time shows you're a man to be respected" (1-Meant to Fly)
  • Zack Werner: (Hugged Craig) (1-Meant to Fly)
  • Zack Werner: "You're the Freddie Mercury of Canada" (2-I Surrender)
  • Sass Jordan: "The first time I saw you in Newfoundland I knew you were a star and my opinion hasn't changed a bit" (3-What hurts the most)

Top 3 Performance Show[edit]

Tyler Lewis: (Eliminated)

  • Farley Flex: "You just got the most votes for one singular body movement" (1)
  • Zack Werner: "It wasn't very much on the singing part but I think you may just have won Canada's next top model" (1)
  • Sass Jordan: " had to be you!" (2)
  • Farley Flex:: "You really took it by the horns" (2)

Eva Avila

  • Sass Jordan: "You just did something that people can only do when they're born with it" (1)
  • Zack Werner: "No disrespect to Kalan, but he's no Eva Avila" (1)
  • Zack Werner: "Dude, I don't rap, you shouldn't scat," (2)

Craig Sharpe:

  • Jake Gold: "I just didn't feel like you got into the song." (1)
  • Zack Werner: "Kickstart this thing, man. Be a star, dude" (1)
  • Jake Gold: "At the end you brought it right home." (2)
  • Sass Jordan: "That was an unbelievably lovely performance" (2)

Top 4 Performance Show[edit]

Craig Sharpe:

  • Zack Werner: "The fact is that song totally fits your pipes and your vibe and if you won this thing and released it, it would go number one" (1)
  • Farley Flex: "It was really easy to choose songs for you" (2)

Tyler Lewis:

  • Zack Werner: "I was all ready to go 'he shoots, he scores,' but you came out really flat in the third period" (1)
  • Zack Werner: "You scared some children under their beds." (2)

Chad Doucette: (Eliminated)

  • Jake Gold: "You delivered it. You did exactly what we thought you would do with that song." (1)
  • Farley Flex: "The most memorable voice on the show" (1)
  • Sass Jordan: "I've got to say I was hurting a bit at the beginning, but you totally redeemed yourself with that moment at the end" (2)

Eva Avila:

  • Farley Flex: "You gave us a vision of who you will be." (1)
  • Jake Gold: "I thought vocally it was really good, but... it's an angry song, but you were smiling" (1)
  • Zack Werner: "I say Canadian Idol: Eva Avila." (2)

Top 5 Performance Show[edit]

Eva Avila:

  • Jake Gold: "I always wondered how you were going to do country and you took that song and made it Eva. You made it work"
  • Sass Jordan: "You're just getting better and better"

Craig Sharpe:

  • Farley Flex: "I think the biggest thing in that performance was the maturity you showed,"
  • Zack Werner: "I felt it, but you have such a unique instrument, I want you to be as big and obnoxious as me. Or Jake."

Steffi D.: (Eliminated)

  • Zack Werner: "It's very cornball... But I think people have to decide, as much as I love you, if you're the next Canadian Idol."

Tyler Lewis:

  • Farley Flex: "I'm no Farley Pride but your kinfolk should be proud."

Chad Doucette:

  • Zack Werner: "But to be honest, I didn't even remember I was here. I was just watching that, remembering how much I care for you from the beginning."

Song Themes[edit]

Each week, a song theme will be presented to the competitors. Each competitor must base their song choice on the theme of the week.

Performers on results shows[edit]

Each week, a guest performer will appear on the results show to perform one song. The guests will be listed here.


By May 2007, only Eva Avila and Craig Sharpe had released solo albums. Brandon Jones signed a two-record deal with Sound Of Pop Records and his debut album was expected to be released in May, but wasn't released until June 19, 2007. Tyler Lewis released a solo album on June 20 called 'I'm Coming Home'. Semi-finalists Chris LaBelle and Nancy Silverman both released CDs as well, Chris' is called 'Two Weeks Tuesday' and Nancy's is called 'Now You Know My Secrets'. Eva Avila's second album, 'Give Me the Music' was released on October 28, 2008.

Elimination Chart[edit]

Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 6/28 7/5 7/12 7/18 7/25 8/1 8/8 8/15 8/22 8/29 9/5 9/17
Place Contestant Result
1 Eva Avila Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Winner
2 Craig Sharpe Bottom 2 Runner-Up
3 Tyler Lewis Bottom 2 Elim
4 Chad Doucette Bottom 2 Elim
5 Steffi D Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Elim
6 Ashley Coulter Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
7 Rob James Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
8 Brandon Jones Elim
9 Sarah Loverock Elim
10 Kati Durst Elim
11-14 Sheldon Elter Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
Keith Macpherson
Ashley Coles Bottom 3
Nancy Silverman
15-18 Chris Labelle Elim
Greg Neufeld
Alisha Nauth
Alyssa Klazek Bottom 3
19-22 Jeremy Koz Elim
Nathan Brown
Anna-Belle Oliva
Valérie Jalbert

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 3 (2005)
Canadian Idol
Season 4 (2006)
Succeeded by
Season 5 (2007)