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Tyler Done on his Idol journey

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NEXT UP ON TYLER'S SCHEDULE: WESTERN IDOL? Former Canadian Idol contestant Tyler Done poses for a mug.

Now that the show is over and the final call has been made, The Gazette decided to head back a few months in Idol history and chat with one of the guys who almost made it... but not quite. Western's own Tyler Done took a few minutes to talk to us about his experience with Canadian Idol.

1. Why did you audition for Canadian Idol?

I have always been a huge fan of the Idol series. I watched every episode of American Idol seasons one and two and all of the U.K. series Pop Idol. I always wondered if I could compete, but having little true musical background I really just wanted to know what the experience was like. I went to Toronto to audition to experience the process, the part that was always the most fun to watch on the shows. You see everything there: the good, the bad and the extreme. I had no expectations from the auditions knowing how many people who were true artists would be there and I really just wanted to have fun.

2. If there was anything you could have done differently during your performances, what would it be?

I honestly can't think of anything major that I would have done differently. Choosing songs was a very tough process because you were often rushed due to the time constraints of the show to select, learn and practice a song. The one thing I wish I would have done differently was perform songs I was very comfortable with. Some of the songs I selected to sing weren't permitted due to copyright and "clearance" reasons, so I found myself singing songs that weren't my first choice. I wish in my top 30 performance of "Three Times A Lady" that I would have been more confident. I think being around such quality performers had me rattled a bit, especially since song selection that week was tough for me. Overall, I am very pleased with all of my performances. I did more than I ever expected to accomplish from the beginning and I made my family and friends proud.

3. What are your favourite songs?

My favourite songs change almost every day. I think my all time favourites are: "Could" by Brian McKnight, "To Love Somebody" by The Bee Gees, "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men and right now I really like the song "If You're Not the One" by Daniel Bedingfield. There are so many songs that I love, some to listen to and some to perform. I love listening to new music of all types.

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Done sings his heart out on CI.

4. Who's your favourite Canadian Idol judge?

My favourite Idol judge would have to be Sass Jordan, just because she shows so much love to everybody (and especially me when I was singing). Honestly though, I think all of the judges have qualities I like. I think Zack fills the role of a little more strict judge well, while Jake and Farley have a more individual sense of what they enjoy. They need to "feel" the song. I got along with all of them off camera and they were all supportive behind the scenes to everyone. I think the public expects certain things from them, especially Zack, due to the "Simon Cowell" stereotype and obviously for TV they need to say certain things and over-exaggerate for entertainment's sake.

5. Are there any behind-the-scenes tidbits most people don't know about that are interesting?

I think the most amazing thing about the show is how much everyone got along. I really didn't expect everyone to act like they did, being such a tight competition. The friendships I made from the show are amazing and even Ryan Malcolm (Idol winner) took the time to e-mail me following his last top three show, just to see how I was doing. Another thing that I don't think the public knew or appreciated was how awesome Toya Alexis was. From the beginning, she coached and helped everyone around her to master their songs and would listen to and offer support to anyone that asked. Even near the end she offered her opinion and assistance to everyone. Her talent was unbelievable and the fact that she was so generous and helpful (especially since I had never really been coached) was touching.

I would have to say that one of the coolest things was meeting the American Idols and getting passes from them to go backstage at the show. Clay even offered the wildcards from group three (myself, Toya, Ryan and Sharon) his phone number in case we needed someone to talk to before our performance. It was such an unreal experience.

6. Do you get lots of random people coming up to you because they recognize you from the show?

Since the show ended I have been very flattered and moved by the number of people that take the time to say congratulations or even "I saw you on TV." London was very supportive during the process. There are many people who notice me and talk to me about the experience and there have been a few "Idol Fanatics" that want to know every detail of the show. I love talking about it, as it was a huge part of my summer and one of the most incredible experiences in my life. Most people ask me to sing something, usually in the most awkward moments. I would really like to thank the girl who gave me Krispy Kreme donuts for a song during Frosh Week.



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