2% Difference Between Brian & Jaydee in Race for Idol Crown

From a CTV media release:

  • Bon Jovi Mentors Top 2 in Final Performance Episode, Sept. 10; 2007
  • Winner’s Single “All I Ever Wanted” to be Performed in Competition
  • Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne and Eva Avila confirmed for season finale as eight eliminated Idol competitors return for final performance,

It’s anybody’s game. CTV revealed today that Brian Melo and Jaydee Bixby are in a neck-and-neck race to capture the 2007 Canadian Idol crown, separated by just 2 per cent of the 4.1 million votes cast this past Monday. The Top 2 take to the stage for their final competitive performance on Monday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV when they sing three songs each, including the new 2007 Winner’s Single “All I Ever Wanted.” The following night, Canada’s choice to become the next Canadian Idol will be revealed in a two-hour, star-studded season finale featuring special guests Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Eva Avila and the remaining eight 2007 Canadian Idol finalists, airing Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (go to Idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

It was the biggest vote yet for Canadian Idol this season when 4,126,861 votes were recorded last Monday night for Hamilton’s Brian Melo, 25; Drumheller’s Jaydee Bixby, 17; and Top 3 finalist Carly Rae Jepsen. On Tuesday, more than two million viewers tuned in to CTV to learn that Jepsen was eliminated, and that Brian and Jaydee would go head to head in the finale next week. What they didn’t know was that less than two per cent of the total votes separated Brian and Jaydee.

Now, following mentoring sessions with Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi in New York City, Brian and Jaydee will perform one last time before the country in competition to become Canada’s next recording artist. On Monday’s upcoming episode, Brian and Jaydee will perform one song from the Bon Jovi songbook, one selection of their own choosing, and the 2007 Canadian Idol Winner’s Single, “All I Ever Wanted.” The winner’s version of the track will be released to radio stations across Canada on Wednesday, Sept. 12, the morning following the season finale.

Then on Tuesday, in the live, two-hour, season finale on CTV, Canadians will learn who they have voted to become the next Canadian Idol. The music spectacular will be jam-packed with performances from not only Bon Jovi, one of the world’s most popular bands, but also from Avril Lavigne, Canada’s own punk princess and international superstar. Brian and Jaydee will perform alone, together and with the eight remaining finalists, who will reunite on the Canadian Idol stage for the final time this year.

Additionally, throughout the show, Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney will throw to live feeds from Hamilton, ON and Drumheller, AB, hometowns of the Top 2 finalists, as their communities rally to support the contenders.

And in keeping with Idol tradition, Tuesday’s episode will also feature a live performance by last year’s Canadian Idol winner, Eva Avila. Then, as the show reaches its climax, host Ben Mulroney will reveal the winner and invite him to perform “All I Ever Wanted” in triumph. Last year’s winner’s single, Avila’s “Meant to Fly” debuted at No. 1, went Platinum, and remained on the top of Canada’s Singles Chart for six weeks in a row.

Immediately following Tuesday’s broadcast, the winner will sign a contract with Shane Carter and Neil Foster, co-presidents of SONY BMG MUSIC (CANADA) Inc. The winner will begin work the following week on a debut CD, to be released this fall.