“Canada’s original Idol,” as host Ben Mulroney called guest mentor Paul Anka, coached the top four this week in the standards week on Canadian Idol.
What made this mentor stand out from the rest of this year is when he was being referred to by Mulroney or the judges, Anka was referred to as “Mr. Anka.”
This was also the first week that the Idol hopefuls sang two songs instead of one. The judges had high hopes for the contestants.
“I think for some of them they are really stepping out of their element. They have two songs, two chances,” judge Jake Gold said of his expectations.
Carly Rae was the first Idol to perform, singing “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” by Ella Fitzgerald.
“I always thought that if we could get to the week when we were doing this thing that it would be your week, and you didn’t disappoint. You’re in the semi-finals as far as I’m concerned,” Gold told her.
There was a groan from judge Zack Werner, who has so far this season very rarely not sang Carly Rae’s praises, then he paused, then he spoke.
“I liked it. I want you to sizzle more…I thought it was okay,” he said.
Jaydee Bixby sang “Fever” Little Willie John by adding his country twang to it.
The judges for the most part were not impressed.
“Kudos for trying,” Gold told him.
Brian Melo sang “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin to a standing ovation from the crowd.
“I was already a Brian Melo fan, now I am a super huge Brian Melo fan,” Sass Jordan said after his performance.
Dwight D’Eon’s first “I Get a Kick Out of You” originally from the musical “Anything Goes.”
“Dwight, you know what you made such an effort, and I appreciate that,” Jordan told him.
Carly Rae’s second song, “I Got it Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” by Duke Ellington, got rave reviews again, including from Werner.
“No one was more a star or have the potential to be a star than you have in that moment. That was killer,” Werner told her.
Bixby’s second song was “When You’re Smiling” by Louis Armstrong, in a performance that saw him dance more than he has so far in the competition.
“Jaydee, that was some of the best dancing I’ve ever seen you do, and you actually sang it pretty well. That was a good job, I was impressed by that, you brought it home,” Gold told him.
Brian Melo received another second standing ovation with “Feeling Good,” recently covered by Canadian crooner Michael Buble.
“Ultimately Canadian Idol is about winning, and I see someone wearing the crown right now, and he’s wearing a hat right now,” Werner told him.
Gold reminded the audience again that just because Melo seems like the front-runner, the viewers still have to vote for him.
D’Eon’s final song was “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole.
“Dwight, I think it was a valent effort, but I found it a little hard to believe,” Gold said.
Farley Flex said that he doesn’t believe that standards week has any impact on voting, because the songs are not as relevant to people today. He told D’Eon standards week is just a theme week, and just to “have fun with it.”
Winners of the week were Carly Rae, because she already has the standards voice, and Brian Melo, who showed he can do more than just rock. The bottom two should be, if Canada has learned from the disaster that was the early elimination of Greg Neufeld, Jaydee and Dwight.
The results show tomorrow switches its time again and will air at 8 p.m.