Idol’s Earl Stevenson Eliminated After Nearly 4 Million Vote

From a media release:

Bryan Adams to Mentor and Perform in Next Week’s Top 3 Shows

With only two weeks to go before Canada crowns its next Canadian Idol, host Ben Mulroney revealed live on CTV tonight this season’s Top 3. The very popular Earl Stevenson, 23, a swamper for a backhoe operator from Lloydminster, AB, was eliminated after he received the fewest of nearly four million votes cast following his performance last night of the Anne Murray cover of “Killing Me Softly” and his personal pick, “The Joker” by The Steve Miller Band. Remaining in the competition are three men representing Western, Central and Atlantic Canada.

The Top 4 performed songs by Anne Murray during last night’s show. Murray, who mentioned she has “been watching the show religiously,” was a very intuitive and honest mentor to the competitors. Stevenson was especially thrilled to meet Murray as “he was excited to learn a great deal from her.” Murray was quick to point out her appreciation of Stevenson’s “innocence…and unusual unique sounding voice.”

A fan favourite from the start of the competition, Stevenson decided to try out for the Idol competition after a knee injury sidelined him from a winter filled with snowboarding. Once he hit the Idol stage, his countless fans across the country could not have been happier. His amazing Idol journey has surprised no one more than Stevenson, as Idol Judge Sass Jordan mentioned on several occasions. “Earl is a true original rock star and one of the coolest people to ever grace the Idol stage.”

Tonight’s episode opened with the Top 4 performing Murray’s classic hit, “Danny’s Song”. The iconic songstress then brought her expertise and signature voice to the stage as she performed “Daydream Believer” and “Could I Have This Dance” from her current smash hit album Duets Friends & Legends.

Also taking to the Idol stage was American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who thrilled the audience with her performance of “One Step at a Time.” The single is the latest from Sparks’ self-titled debut album, which also produced the infectious singles “Tattoo” and “No Air,” the popular collaboration with Chris Brown.

Next week the Final Three finalists will be mentored by Bryan Adams as they perform songs from his extensive songbook for the Performance Episode airing Monday, September 1 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The following night, Adams takes over the Canadian Idol stage during the Results Episode at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, prior to the announcement of the 2008 Top 2 (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

The Top 2 perform for the nation one last time on Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m. ET before the winner is announced in a star-studded results episode on Wednesday September 10, at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Featured in the two-hour finale are chart-topper Mariah Carey along with John Legend, Hedley, Canadian Idol Brian Melo, Idol’s newest cast member Jully Black and the Canadian Idol Top 10.

The Canadian Idol Top 3 performing next week are:

  1. Mitch MacDonald, 22, Port Hood, NS, Carpenter, Musician
  2. Theo Tams, 23, Lethbridge, AB, Student
  3. Drew Wright, 28, Collingwood, ON, Musician, House Painter

Highlights from each week’s Canadian Idol episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at Encore presentations of each week’s Performance and Results Episodes also air back-to-back Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MuchMoreMusic.