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Canadian Idol won’t air in 2009

Canadian Idol won’t be broadcast in 2009, its network announced. The show’s sixth season concluded in September with openly gay singer Theo Tams’ win. In a statement, CTV said that the show isn’t being cancelled but “[a]s a result of the current economic climate, production of Canadian Idol will rest for the 2009 broadcast year.” …

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German Idol may be fined $147,000 after auditioning teen suffers breakdown

The German version of Idol, known as Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar, may be fined $147,000 for causing a teenager who auditioned to have a mental breakdown. During the audition episodes, “a 17-year old boy was so upset by the audition and the jury’s criticisms that he hyperventilated and collapsed. Since his appearance on the show, …

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Canadian Idol producer says it’s “disgraceful” that Toronto singers get voted off

The producer of Canadian Idol has lashed out at Canadians who don’t vote for singers from Toronto. After three singers from Toronto were eliminated Wednesday, John Brunton said, “I’m not really supposed to do this. I’m supposed to be impartial. But as a born and bred Torontonian, I’m fed up with the lack of attention …

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Canadian Idol 5 debuts tonight, will allow singers to play instruments

The fifth season of Canadian Idol debuts tonight, and its contestants will be allowed to play instruments. While the show’s judge Farley Flex says that Canada’s version “[is] absolutely the first” to allow instruments, that isn’t quite true. Previously, Australian Idol‘s 2006 season allowed its contestants to audition with instruments, but they could only use …

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Australian Idol’s Anthony Callea says he’s gay, has Australia’s best-selling single ever

Australian Idol 2 runner-up Anthony Callea, who has “the highest-selling single in Australian chart history,” and tells the Herald Sun, “Yes, I am gay.” Four years ago, he denied he was gay; after being outed on the radio a few weeks ago, he initially had “no comment”. Three years ago, he now says, “I didn’t …

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