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Last update: September 13th, 2005


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Episode 30: Top-02 Performance "Judges' Choice"
Airdate: September 13th, 2005
Reviewed by: The Substitute

The final performance show of the season... the audience is going wild, the "Bottom 8" of the Top-10 is in the audience, and Ben is wearing velvet. The biggest surprise of the night is Zack's absolutely great Elvis outfit. He thinks tonight is Elvis night! He just wants to show the great costume. The judges take a look back on the season and that gets us to the first of many commercial breaks. (Yes, "Bistro 640" was one of them).

After the commercial break there's a little fast-cut segment showing previous Idols and what they are doing today. We see (in no particular order): Gary Beals, Billy Klippert, Toya Alexis, Shane Wiebe, Anna Cyzon, Kaleb Simmonds, Jason Greeley and Theresa Sokyrka. All are fairly successful in the music biz, except Anna Cyzon who works for e-talk Daily (I guess that's show business).

After the look back, Theresa with band takes to the stage. Theresa herself plays acoustic guitar while she performs "Turned My Back" from her album "These Old Charms". She's doing a great job and the audience absolutely loves it. It appears Theresa has lost some weight, she appears much skinnier than she already was. After the song, Theresa appears really impressed with the audience' reaction. She also tells Ben about her involvement with Saskatchewan's centennial (did you get that quarter yet?). Ben has a nice surprise for her, her album went gold and Ben presents her with the trophy. Not bad at all, Theresa!

Again we go to a commercial break, but our affiliate ATV is so nice that they have nothing readily available: a black screen, nice and quiet. Then a logo appears, but still a very refreshing silence.... until all hell breaks loose. Perhaps you've noticed that the sound in commercials is carefully engineered to appear as loud as possible. ATV apparently has a similarly engineered music tape, it's like a huge Tsunami-sized wave of sound is constantly, endlessly crashing down on you. When the commercials finally start, it's a welcome change.

After this break, we finally get to welcome the Top-2 on the stage. We see a 'final showdown video' and Ben reveals that the coin-toss turned out that Melissa will go first. I guess she lost, as usually the last one singing has an advantage. Anyway, the feature presentation finally gets underway :)

01. Melissa O'Neil (1)
Song: Angel of the Morning (Juice Newton)
Rating: [********--]

Angel of the Morning is the Judges' pick for Melissa. They picked an excellent song for Melissa, she starts out a little flat but as soon as she hits the chorus she shows off her excellent voice. Did she borrow her clothing from Suzi? It's a welcome change and she looks fabulous, much younger which is a good thing. 8 out of 10 for Melissa.

02. Rex Goudie (1)
Song: Alive (Canadian Idol song)
Rating: [********--]

It's the very first time we hear the new Canadian Idol single for this season, so this is a special song. Rex starts out a little slow, then Rex sings it like the song is written for Jacob, but then he really lets loose. Except for the lower register parts (we all know this isn't one of Rex' strong points), he's doing a great job and it's a great song as well, perhaps the best 'single' so far. 8 out of 10.

03. Melissa O'Neil (2)
Song: A Broken Wing (Martina McBride)
Song: Rating: [*********-]

Melissa chose to sing 'A Broken Wing' by Martina McBride, a great song choice. The song really shows off her vocal abilities and her abilities to emote the words. Her clothes unfortunately are "same old, same old" (pun intended). When you leave the clothes aside, Melissa is doing a great job, what am I saying, an excellent job on the song. 9 out of 10.

04. Rex Goudie (2)
Song: Bulletproof (Blue Rodeo)
Rating: [*******---]

Rex personal choice is Blue Rodeo's "Bulletproof". Unfortunately it's a bit of a slow, boring song. Make no mistake, Rex is doing a great job singing it, but the song appears to be holding him back somehow. Also  the lower-register problem is becoming apparent again. Therefore it's only 7 out of 10.

05. Melissa O'Neil (3)
Song: Alive (Canadian Idol song)
Rating: [*********-]

Now it's time for Melissa for her interpretation of the next Canadian Idol's hit single "Alive". Melissa looks great, is seems she has been in Suzi's wardrobe again. Though it's the same song as Rex just sang, she's doing it a bit less "Jacob". I believe Melissa's version is the best of the two. 9 out of 10.
Zack predicts Thursday morning's paper: The King is dead, long live the Queen.

06. Rex Goudie (3)
Song: Superman (Five for Fighting)
Rating: [********--]

The final song of the evening will be the Judges' pick for Rex, they chose Five for Fighting's "Superman", one of the reasons being it is more of a higher-register song. I must say the Judges picked an excellent song for Rex, it hit his sweet spot right on target. Rex is pulling off an excellent performance, and this just might have been what won him the Canadian Idol title. 10 out of 10, perfect performance and there's nothing he could have done better.

In my opinion, the next Canadian Idol will be...


...the competitor with the name of...


...Rex Goudie.


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