EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Canadian Idol goes
With every passing moment, the anticipation
continued to build for last night's finale of Canadian Idol.
Okay, so maybe a majority of people didn't really care whether
Gary Beals would trump Ryan Malcolm or vice versa, but there
was definitely a hard-core group of Idol fans who were awaiting
the two-hour results show with baited breath.
Regardless of the outcome, we must nevertheless
admit CI provided an interesting contrast to its American counterpart.
Unlike American Idol, which churned out a slew of attractive,
run-of-the-mill, saccharine pop stars, Canadian Idol allowed
some truly unique talent to move up the ranks and gain exposure.
Jenny Gear, who has become infamous for her throaty, soulful
style, would never have made it past the opening gates of AI
ã an unfortunate fact, considering the effect Gear's
poignantly original style had on audiences.
Gear wasn't the only atypical contestant
to make it through: we had the rocker, Billy Klippert; the francophone
princess, Audrey De Montigny; the creepy journalist, Richie
Wilcox and the list goes on. This is something which we, as
Canadians, have every right to be proud of, as it provided yet
another example of the diversity of Canadian society versus
the homogenous conformity of the United States.
Of course, with the finale airing last night,
Idol fans prepared to say good-bye to their favorite Idols,
at least until the inevitable tour kicks off. In the meantime,
we at The Gazette would like to offer our support for University
Students' Council President Paul Yeoman's proposal to kick off
a Western Idol competition (yes, this is a serious initiative).
But who's going to do the judging and hosting, you ask? Well,
we've thought about that too and came up with a few suggestions:
All that remains is the prize.
We suggest a Fanshawe diploma of the winner's choice and if the
USC is feeling generous, perhaps Swipey could throw in an OCR
card chock full of rewards. What's a recording contract in comparison
to all that?