13 February 2005
Quick Guide to the 2005 Canadian Idol Auditions Make sure you're in line at 08:00 am sharp on
the first day of auditions, in that case you're practically guaranteed
After 08:00 am registration
begins. It helps if you downloaded and completed a Release Form from
CTV's official Canadian Idol website. Remember a parent or legal
guardian has to co-sign should you be under the age of majority. Also
make sure you're eligible to audition by checking the FAQ and the rules.
After registration hopefuls will wait in the so-called Holding Room. At
around 10:00 am the producers will address the hopefuls in the Holding
Room in preparation of the auditions.
At around 10:30 am the actual
auditions commence. The first round is called "Tier One". In groups of
5, hopefuls will sing for producers of the show. Tier One auditions take
about 5-10 minutes. Be original. Pick a song that suits you, but don't
pick one that the producers have already heard hundreds of times. Emote
confidence and determination.
The hopefuls that pass Tier One will receive a Yellow Card. Unlike in
soccer, a Yellow Card is a good thing as it will grant you a "Tier Two"
audition. Tier Two auditions take about 10-15 minutes; hopefuls audition
alone before producers of the show. Hopefuls that pass Tier Two receive
a Blue Card, which makes you eligible to audition before the Judges. THe
Celebrity Auditions are usually on another location, and this year may
even be held in another city! Hopefuls that pass the "Celebrity
Auditions" receive the coveted Gold Card, and you will meet the Judges
again in Toronto for the "Final 100" heats (presumably somewhere in
early May 2005).
Once you receive a Gold Card, make
sure your name and picture is kept out of the media. Competitors that
are identified in the media risk disqualification!
25% Discount on Greyhound
Canada The "Fare and a Half" discount applies for
Canadian Idol competitors (and their families and friends that wish
to accompany competitors) to the following Canadian Idol auditions.
Greyhound ticket agent in British Columbia
Greyhound ticket agent in Alberta
Greyhound ticket agent in Saskatchewan
Greyhound ticket agent in the Yukon or British
Greyhound or Grey Goose ticket agent in
Manitoba or Ontario
Feb. 22 -
Greyhound or PMCL ticket agent in Ontario
Feb. 26 -
Greyhound or PMCL ticket agent in Ontario
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The special "Fare
and a Half" excursion rate means that competitors pay the full
one-way fare to the audition city and then only 1/2 the fare for the
return trip – an overall savings of 25 per cent. This special is
valid only from the competitor's point of origin to the audition
city nearest them and return. To receive the discount, each
passenger is required to
download and complete the certificate for the location to where
they wish to travel. Passengers should then present the certificate
Greyhound Canada agent. Please note the tickets are valid on the
routes of the Greyhound Canada only. Also note the final return date
for each location.
rules for this discount can be read and the required certificates
can be downloaded from CTV's official Canadian Idol website,
Canadian Idol's producer reads the
and sometimes posts as well.
Here we keep track of a few interesting quotes. They are all copied
unmodified and in its entirety. The questions in white are ours and
are for ease of use.
What are we looking for?
What are we
looking for? The question I get the most. Well we are looking
for interesting people. Of course we are looking for great
singers but we are also looking for people that can have
presence and can command the attention of a room. If you were to
meet someone like Shania Twain you would notice that she is not
a very tall person but as soon as she comes in the room you
notice because she has that certain star power that people are
drawn to. So the question is how do I an auditioner bring out
that star power? Well the biggest thing is you need to radiate
confidence and energy. The day is long and sadly some of the
places we hold auditions are not super comfortable but you need
to keep your energy up and when you go into that audition room
you need to hold your head up high and act like you own the
room. Another key is presentation, how are you dressed, how are
you expressing yourself. I know we don't all have all the money
in the world to have a million outfits but that isn't what we
are looking for. We are just looking for people that have taken
more than 10 seconds to put themselves together before the
audition. Everyone has their own unique style and we embrace
that. Another huge thing we are looking for is personality. I
have had some great singers audition for me and they are just
dead in the personality area. They have nothing to offer. This
of course does not mean you all need to be over the top perky
but you must be you and let that come through in your audition.
For example Kalan had this shy mystery thing going on, Theresa
had the cute prarie girl thing and so on so forth.
At the end of the day when it is all said and done you need to
be real and true to yourself because if you advance in this
competition then you need to be happy with who you are on
One final thing to note is about song selection. We have been
doing this show for the past 2 years and have heard alot of
music. The good thing is that everyone that works on this show
has a love of music and we of course are more than happy to hear
the same old same old but what impresses me most is when someone
comes in and sings a song I have not heard in auditions, it just
gets us excited. Because of the age range of our competition our
competitors don't all have a huge musical knowledge and we don't
hold that aggainst anyone but before you come to the audition
take some time and look through your parents music collections.
Listen to the songs and if there is something in there that is
in your musical range have it as an option for the producer in
your audition. More often than not if the producer is interested
in your voice he or she will ask for another song.
I hope this helps and gives you some ideas to think on. See you
on the road
PS. Sorry for the ramble
February 09, 2005 I'm not sure I'm such a good singer; can I go
just for the fun of it?
producer of the show I totally encourage everyone to come out
just for the fun of it. If you are curious to see how it works,
want to meet some new people, have a fun time with a great bunch
of people then the Canadian Idol Auditions are for you. I agree
that when the series moves to the different phases it is about a
serious competition but the Regional Audition process is a
chance for us as a production team to meet the different people
that watch Canadian Idol as well as find talented singers. The
one thing that I have noticed in producing this show for the
past two (and now third year) is that people come out and
audition for so many reasons. One girl auditioned for me last
year just to help get over her fear of speaking in public.
Everyone in the audition room was very supportive of her and had
no issue taking time from their busy day to encourage her in the
process. Some people come to the auditions to meet new friends.
Where else can you go to hang out with a thousand people of your
age, talk about music all for no charge. I know the days are
long but the majority of people I talk to from coast to coast
have a good time at the auditions no matter how far they make it
in the competition. I also know from both seasons the Top 10 and
Top 32 (Top 30 in season one) are still in contact with some of
the people they spent time in line with. So you never know you
could be making friends with the next idol. I wish you all the
best as we kick off another great season of Canadian Idol and
look forward to seeing you in the audition room. And if you are
a bit shy then don't forget to bring a friend to the audition
for support and talk them into doing an audition... its alot of
February 09, 2005
I want to sing a song that's not very well known. Does it hurt my
about the producer not knowing the song. All we do sometimes is
just sit around and listen to music from all genres and all
periods of time.
Yes have a number of selections that you can sing
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