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Canadian Idol 4 debuted last night

Last night, CTV debuted the fourth season of Canadian Idol, apparently not realizing that it was a holiday on which we’re supposed to solemnly remember those who died for their country in wars, not be filled with mindless entertainment. Sometimes Canadians just act like they’re not Americans at all. This season, the show will more …

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Politicians demand Australian Idol contestant be reinstated after he lost by 27 votes

An Australian Idol contestant Dan England was eliminated from the show after losing by 27 votes, but the country’s premier wants producers to bring him back because his fans didn’t have enough time to vote. The culprit: Daylight savings time’s start, which meant “voting lines closed an hour earlier in Queensland.” The Premier of Queensland, …

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China’s Idol draws more than 400 million viewers even as its democratic voting raises questions

China’s version of Pop Idol, known as Super Girl 2005, concluded last Friday with a three hour finale. 21-year-old Li Yuchun won the contest, and that was watched by “an audience bigger even than the estimated 400 million who watched the Chinese New Year Festival Gala on China Central Television, state media said. No specific …

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Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.”

Canadian Idol 3 auditions begin; the show “opts for a more gentle approach.” Canadian Idol 3 has begun casting, and the show will visit 13 cities over 13 weeks. There’s a difference between this show and its meaner cousin to the south, though: “Whereas American Idol parades these talent-less screechers before the judges for a …

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