Canadian Idol will once again re-invent the
format when it becomes the first Idol franchise in the world to present
all-acoustic “unplugged” episodes next week. For the first time ever, Canadian
Idol will leave its spectacular Top 10 studios for one week for the more
intimate setting of Toronto’s legendary Masonic Temple Concert Hall when it
broadcasts next Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on
CTV (check local listings). Along for the move is Canadian singer/songwriter
Chantal Kreviazuk, who will guide the remaining Top 6 competitors as they sing
live with basic accompaniment in front of a cozy crowd of just 200 people on
Monday night’s show. On Tuesday’s live results show, Kreviazuk performs
herself from her upcoming CD Ghost Stories.
Photography and audio clips from Canadian Idol are
available online at the Canadian Idol Media Centre at www.idolpix.ca.
It is the first time any country has ever presented an “unplugged”
episode among the more than three dozen Idol franchises around the world.
Surrounded by an intimate audience comfortably seated in the round on couches
and pillows, the Top 6 take Canadian Idol to a whole new level when they
perform live unaccompanied by any electric instruments or backing tracks.
Accompanied only by guitar, bass, percussion and/or piano, the raw vocal
talent of the Top 6 will be laid bare as they perform on a stripped-down set
under the tutelage of Kreviazuk.
“I have been watching the show and am very impressed with some of the
performances. I’m just happy that I don’t have to judge!” said Kreviazuk.
“There is so much talent here, and I cannot wait to be a part of the process.”
Kreviazuk, an accomplished singer in her own right, has also recently become
known as one of the premier songwriters in the industry by penning hits for
the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani and Canada’s own Avril Lavigne.
Known for her ability to get to a song’s true essence in her own
performances, the Sony BMG Music (Canada) Inc. recording artist will share her
talents with the Canadian Idol competitors as she leads rehearsal workshops to
be featured in segments on Monday’s performance episode. During these
sessions, she will use her expertise to guide the competitors in adapting
their performances to smaller, more intimate surroundings.
On Tuesday’s results show, Kreviazuk will also perform unplugged with the
Top 6 in a group performance number before taking to the stage with her band
to perform a selection from her new CD.
“Chantal Kreviazuk is the perfect addition to Canadian Idol’s first
acoustic show,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of
the CTV Media Group. “She is not only a singer and performer but a writer who
has crafted hits for Grammy Award-winning artists and helped them to adapt to
all different kinds of performances.”
“We know that Chantal will be a true mentor and a huge inspiration to the
competitors as they face this whole new challenge,” said Executive Producer
John Brunton. “The competitors have already benefited enormously from working
with our special guest stars this season and I know that they are thrilled at
the opportunity to work with this accomplished artist.”
Kreviazuk is gearing up for the release of her fourth album Ghost Stories
on August 29, which was entirely written and produced by herself and husband
Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace. Unlike her earlier work, Ghost Stories is much
more rhythmic and charging with the piano riff emerging first and providing
the foundation for the songs. While other artists tend to mellow as their
career progresses, Kreviazuk found that she was crafting her most driving work
with this album. Kreviazuk and Maida worked on the album out of their own
home, charting new ideas and pecking away at songs during the course of the
day before bunkering down to really make progress on the tracks together under
the cloak of night. When completed, the album was mixed in studio by Michael
Brauer (Coldplay, Bravery, Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley).
In 2004, Canadian Idol became the first Idol franchise in the world to
present its competitors accompanying themselves with musical instruments. In
2005, Canadian Idol became the first Idol series to allow viewers to determine
the semi-final wild card competitors by popular vote. Additionally, Canadian
Idol judge Sass Jordan became the first Idol magistrate to sing on their own
series when she presented a touching performance during the Canadian Idol
Canadian Idol was created by Simon Fuller and is produced in association
with CTV by Insight Productions. John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive
Producers. Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Senior Producer is Sue
Brophey. Mary Sexton is Regional Producer. Jane Rimer is Executive Consultant
for FremantleMedia. Rick Lewchuk is CTV’s Senior Vice-President, Program
Planning and Promotion. Ed Robinson is CTV’s Senior Vice-President, Comedy,
Variety and Talk. Susanne Boyce is CTV President of Programming and Chair of
the CTV Media Group.
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