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Tyler Done on his
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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
1. Why did you audition for Canadian
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
2. If there was anything you could
have done differently during your performances, what would it
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
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
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
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.