She had escaped elimination for four of the past five weeks after placing in the bottom group of vote-getters, but Steffi DiDomenicantonio’s dream of the Canadian Idol crown finally came to and end tonight. The 17-year-old high school student from Ottawa-Gatineau known across Canada for her trademark bows was eliminated during a live results show on CTV after receiving the fewest of a season-high 3.1 million votes cast last night. DiDomenicantonio was eliminated after performing â€œThese Boots Are Made For Walkingâ€ during last night’s â€œCountry Standardsâ€ episode. Now, just four remain representing the provinces of Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland as Canada’s No. 1 show builds to its impending climax in September.
Last night’s Canadian Idol episode attracted more than two million viewers for the second week in a row, BBM confirmed today, despite going head-to-head with the heavily hyped season premiere of Prison Break (1.43 million, Global/Fox) in the 8 p.m. hour. Peaking at 2.5 million viewers in the second half-hour, the episode featured highlights from last week’s trip to Nashville where the Top 5 competitors rehearsed with country superstar Martina McBride.
Tonight, McBride and the Top 5 opened the show with a live, group performance of Ray Charles’ country music classic â€œCan’t Stop Loving You.â€ Later in show, Martina McBride took to the stage with her band to perform Lynn Andersen’s â€œTill I Can Make it On My Own.â€
Then, host Ben Mulroney that the only females remaining in the competition had received the fewest votes last night: DiDomenicantonio along with fellow Ottawa-Gatineau resident Eva Avila, 19. After Mulroney announced that Avila would return for at least one more week, DiDomenicantonio closed the show with a reprise of her Monday night performance of â€œThese Boots Were Made for Walking.â€ Saskatchewan’s Tyler Lewis remains the only competitor to never place in the bottom group of performers.
Avila returns next week to perform in Canadian Idol‘s â€œJudges’ Choiceâ€ episodes. Airing Monday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (check local listings), the Top 4 will perform two songs each â€“ one up-tempo and one down-tempo – as chosen by Canadian Idol‘s four-member judging panel.
In addition to Avila, the remaining finalists are Chad Doucette, 18, East Chezzetcook, NS; Tyler Lewis, 20, Rockglen, SK and Craig Sharpe, 16, Upper Island Cover, NL.