Restoring our faith in the Canadian Idol voting system (at least for now), Tara Oram walked her sunshine right off stage Tuesday night.
Whew. After top-notch contender Greg Neufeld got the hook last week, anything could have happened. But Canada, you got it right. While clearly beautiful and charming, 23-year-old Hare Bay, Newfoundland native Oram didn't have the pipes to carry her through.
Katrina and the Waves might have agreed her rendition of their Walking on Sunshine during Monday's pop-rock performance show could have an audience running. For a more profound critique, we turn to the perpetually disgusted Zack Werner: "I cannot imagine for a moment being at a show or a place where someone came out and did something as awful as that," the scowling judge told Oram Monday.
Ouch. OK, so he was a little harsh - but with good reason, since Canada obviously wasn't listening to him last week. And after 3.1-million votes worked against Oram's favour, the judges can rest assured knowing their voices are being heard. (Except for when it comes to twangy teen Jaydee Bixby. What is his deal, anyway?)
Rounding out the bottom three were Dwight d'Eon (first Idol guitar soloist ever) and, for the second week in a row, misunderstood Carly Rae Jepsen who is cool enough to remind us of Lily Allen (just a bit, though). Both probably shouldn't have been there, but that's the way it rolls.
More interesting than the actual elimination this week was a brief spat between Werner and host Ben Mulroney at the top of Monday's show. Werner muttered something about trying to vote Mulroney off, to which Mulroney muttered something about Werner being a nobody. Still not sure what that was about, but we look forward to more fallouts.
Other than that, it was your typical pop-week week: Somebody sang Lonestar crossover hit Amazed, somebody else tried to pull a Rob Thomas. You'd think because Idol wannabes are bred to sing pop, they'd rock at it - but this is not always the case, folks.
Since it wouldn't be pop-rock week without a current chart-topper, Los Angeles outfit Maroon 5 found time in their busy schedule to perform Wake Up Call and Makes Me Wonder off their latest CD, It Won't Be Soon Before Long on Tuesday.
We're trying to ignore the fact that frontman Adam Levine looked absolutely bored - even more so than he did while providing pre-taped video advice to the Idols the night prior. Clearly, the guy doesn't know fun when it smacks him in the face.
Canada, this karaoke sing-off is down to five: Jaydee Bixby, Dwight d'Eon, Carly Rae Jepsen, Brian Melo and Matt Rapley. Next week, original American Idol Kelly Clarkson shows 'em how it's done. You go, girl!