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Canadian Idol...also known as that show Carly Rae Jepsen was on before Justin Bieber discovered her.

Canadian spin-off the British series Pop Idol, which debuted on the CTV channel in 2003, one year after the launch of American Idol. (This makes it one of the few Idol versions to run alongside another country's version, in tandem with general practices in the Canadian broadcasting industry.) Ran for six years until after the 2008 season, when The Powers That Be announced the show would be taking a hiatus due to the current economic crisis. Needless to say, some fans were a bit upset...


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  • Ambiguously Gay : Some contestants more than others...
  • Blatant Lies: CTV was adamant that the show would be going on "hiatus" for just one year due to the economic crisis. Even at the time, many critics weren't buying. The real reason the show went off the air was because ratings dropped with each successive season (by season six, they were averaging less than 500,000 viewersnote ) and most of these were outside the large urban areas that had the most desirable demographics), and the show's very high price tag was hard for CTV to justify since they spent $200 million to wrest the broadcasting rights for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver from the CBC (a decision which, luckily for CTV, paid off big-time as Canada got the biggest gold medal haul of any competing country - and regained the crown jewel, the men's hockey gold, in a dramatic showdown against the USA). Over a decade later, despite the lack of an official cancellation notice, it's obvious that CTV has quietly ceased production on the show.
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  • Christmas Songs: Season one winner Ryan Malcolm appeared in the American Idol Christmas special, and season six winner Theo Tams has recorded three such tracks for charity.
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Subverted for one season finale.
  • Compassionate Critic: Judge Jake Gold, and to a somewhat less compassionate extent, Zack Werner.
  • Executive Meddling: Rumors abound that some semi-finalist contestants were eliminated even if they didn't have the lowest number of votes.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Often generated on the official message board.
  • Filler
  • Film at 11: The early episodes, with their "coming up next" clips before each commercial.
  • Genki Girl: Steffi D definitely gives this off.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Host Ben Mulroney and co-host Jon Dore, until Dore left after 2005 to resume his stand-up career.
  • Hopeless Auditionees
  • Idol Singer
  • In-Joke: "Fingerprints, no. Hookers? Yes!" - basically, any line Jacob Hoggard came up with.
  • Last Note Nightmare: It's happened. Oh, has it happened.
  • Manipulative Editing
  • Noodle Incident: The naked-with-a-beachball story.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Sadly the fate of some "winners".
  • Out with a Bang: After Mookie Morris' post-elimination performance, he pulled a first in Idol history by smashing his guitar.
  • Product Placement: While the Americans make music videos for Ford, the Canadians plugged L'Oreal, Pantene, and Kraft products during their Slice of Life skits.
  • Progressive Rock: The genre a majority of contestants have performed as opposed to traditional Idol pop.
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness: Many an auditioner.
  • Reality TV Show Mansion: The house during the sixth season was even featured on MTV Cribs.
  • The Remake: Just like every other show with "Insert Nationality Here" Idol in its title.
  • Rule 34: And how.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Carly Rae Jepsen is to the show what One Direction is to The X Factor.
  • Shocking Elimination: Billy Klippert in season one, Kaleb Simmonds and Jacob Hoggard in season two, Josh Palmer in season three, Rob James in season four, Greg Neufeld in season five, Mookie Morris and Drew Wright in season six...and that's just among the top tens.
  • Sibling Team: Season six's Oliver and Sebastian Piggot, at least until the third semi-finalist eliminations.
  • Studio Audience
  • Take That!: After Jacob Hoggard's elimination (which is speculated he may have wanted), he's spent his post-Idol career biting the hand that fed him, particularly in his band's videos.
  • Talent Show
  • Token Minority: Judge Farley Flex, and every season would have one or two black or Asian contestants.
  • Transatlantic Equivalent

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