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This year we've managed to retain our "Ravin' Reviewer" to review every episode of Canadian Idol 3. Please see TV-Schedule for dates and episode specifics.

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Episode 30: Top-03 Performance "Tribute to the Barenaked Ladies"
Airdate: September 6th, 2005
Reviewed by: The Substitute

And now for something completely different. At least, compared to last week's Elvis show. Tonight's show celebrates the music of Canadian music icons, Barenaked Ladies (BNL). Yes they're actually males and they're also fully dressed. Tonight is the penultimate performance show, only 1 week and 1 day to the crowning of the next Canadian Idol! Time to meet the Idols: "Concrete Angel" Melissa O'Neil, "Your Teddy Bear" Aaron Walpole and "Born To Be Wild" Rex Goudie. Oh, did I mention Ben was wearing his pink shirt again? The show starts out with a little BNL promo and we head into commercials. I hope not that "Bistro 640" commercial again! (Yes, it was...)
 

01. Rex Goudie (1)
Song: Brian Wilson (BNL)
Rating: [*********-]

Rex is doing a great job on this song, which isn't much of a surprise as he has been coached by BNL themselves. He's wearing a flannel 'lumberjack' shirt and ragged jeans. Perhaps fitting with the song. He does a good job on the audience and gets them clapping along. A minute into the song you have to admit: great song choice, great singing and he's not as stiff as he used to be. The audience loved it and so did the judges. 9 out of 10.
First performance means commercial break. Bistro 640 anyone? Arghhh...
 

Jon Dore
You either hate him or you love him, and I do the latter. This time in "Back to School" fashion, our teacher Mr. Dore instructs the class.
 

02. Aaron Walpole (1)
Song: Break Your Heart (BNL)
Rating: [*********-]

Aaron has, according to BNL testimony, great pipes - and he sure picked an excellent song to showcase said pipes. Aaron did a great job on this song. Farley thinks Aaron is the best singer left in this competition, hands down. Aaron, 9 out of 10 for you.
 

03. Melissa O'Neil (1)
Song: The Old Apartment (BNL)
Song: Rating: [********--]

What's up with the clothing Melissa picks? She's being advertised as 17 years old, but the way she dresses it could be 37. Perhaps she thinks it works for her, so why change it? The song she picked isn't one of my favourites because of the very present and distracting snare drum. Melissa is doing a great job though regardless. 8 out of 10. Sass picks Melissa as the best singer left in the competition. Was that the gender card Sass was playing?
 

04. Rex Goudie (2)
Song: Call and Answer (BNL)
Rating: [********--]

Rex isn't wearing the hat again, great! The hat is old hat. Again an excellent song choice, but with a flaw: it exposes Rex' flaky lower registers. While Rex is having lots of fun on stage and the audience loves it, the lower register problem becomes very apparent. It causes Zach to make a nasty comment and all the judges mention the lower register. Only 8 out of 10 this time.
 

05. Aaron Walpole (2)
Song: Enid (BNL)
Rating: [*********-]

Great song choice by Aaron! According to BNL, the song was meant to have fun with and that's exactly what Aaron is doing. The audience is loving it and Aaron runs up and down the aisles. Aaron's jumping around and they way he is dressed caused Sass to say he reminded her of leading an aerobics class. Judging by the audience' reaction, they knew what she was talking about. The entertainment was excellent though, 9 out of 10.
 

06. Melissa O'Neil (2)
Song: When I Fall (BNL)
Rating: [********--]

Melissa picked a ballad, not a very good choice (as in "too safe") after an evening of great upbeat songs. Again she dressed twice her age, but that has become one of her trademarks. The song itself is sung almost flawlessly, but in contrast with the upbeat songs we've become used to it's a little boring. The judges comment it wasn't boring, but it was a mature, professional performance. Outside of tonight's context, it was. 8 out of 10.
 

In my opinion, the Top-2 are:
#1. Rex Goudie
#2. Aaron Walpole

Bottom-1
#3. Melissa O'Neil <= to go
 

 

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