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First Canada, Now The World. Canadian Idol Ryan Malcolm Takes Global Stage In World Idol, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on CTV

CTV announced today it has partnered with 10 international broadcasters to combine forces and broadcast World Idol, a two-part international television special that will determine the world's ultimate pop superstar. The global competition will pit Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm against Idol winners from 10 other countries - including original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. The event will be staged in London, England next month and telecast around the world in two parts. In Canada, the competition round will air Christmas night, Thursday, Dec. 25 from 8-10 p.m. ET followed by the grand finale, one week later on New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1 from 8-9 p.m. ET on CTV.

-- CTV partners with 10 international broadcasters in globaltelevision event -- TORONTO, Nov. 13 2003 -- CTV announced today it has partnered with 10 international broadcasters to combine forces and broadcast World Idol, a two-part international television special that will determine the world's ultimate pop superstar. The global competition will pit Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm against Idol winners from 10 other countries - including original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. The event will be staged in London, England next month and telecast around the world in two parts. In Canada, the competition round will air Christmas night, Thursday, Dec. 25 from 8-10 p.m. ET followed by the grand finale, one week later on New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1 from 8-9 p.m. ET on CTV. "I'm ridiculously excited about going back into competition," said Malcolm. "I'm thrilled to represent Canada and I'm looking forward to kicking some world butt." The first World Idol special (Dec. 25) features performances from each of the 11 Idols contesting the world crown, with viewers in the participating countries voting following the broadcast. The voting process will account for population differences between competing countries (all voting details will be announced later). The second World Idol special (Jan 1.) features the thrilling worldwide results as each country's vote tabulation is revealed. To one person and his or her country, belong the bragging rights that go with global domination. "The world will see what Canadians already know," said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group. "Ryan Malcolm is the best." The World Idol competitors are as follows (in chronological order, by original broadcast): Series Title, Country of Origin and Broadcaster Winner ----------------------------------------------- ------ Pop Idol, United Kingdom (ITV) Will Young Idols, South Africa (M-NET) Heinz Winckler Idol, Poland (Polsat) Alicja Janosz American Idol, USA (Fox) Kelly Clarkson Idols, Netherlands (RTL4) Jamai Loman Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Germany (RTL) Alexander Klaws Idol, Norway (TV2) Kurt Nilsen SuperStar, Pan-Arabic region (Future TV) Diana Karazon Idool, Belgium (VTM) Peter Evrard Canadian Idol, Canada (CTV) Ryan Malcolm Australian Idol, Australia (Network 10) Winner TBA Nov. 19 World Idol will be customized for broadcast in each market, with segments being taped in both London and Toronto. Additionally, a representative from each country's judging panel will travel to London to sit on an international jury. CTV has partnered with Insight Productions, producers of Canadian Idol and the award-winning 2003 Juno Awards, to produce World Idol for broadcast in Canada. Since it premiered as Pop Idol on ITV in the United Kingdom in October 2001, the Idols format has taken the world by storm, breaking ratings records and scooping numerous industry awards in over 20 countries. Idols winners and finalists, including Canada's Ryan Malcolm, have become major new recording artists who have notched up phenomenal album and singles sales and numerous number one chart hits. Since being crowned Canadian Idol on September 16, Kingston's Ryan Malcolm, 24, has become a household name. His first release, Something More has remained at the top of Canada's Singles Chart for five straight weeks. His first full-length album, Home, will be released by BMG Canada Inc. on December 9. Malcolm performs on the new CD, American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics and appears on An American Idol Christmas, airing Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. Canadian Idol finished as Canada's most-watched (English-language) Canadian series since the advent of electronic measurement (1989). Nielsen Media Research confirms that almost 6.5 million viewers tuned in during the two-hour finale, which finished with an average audience of 3.01 million viewers, the highest rated episode of the 26-part series. World Idol is produced by FremantleMedia and 19TV in association with CTV and Insight Productions. /PHOTO NOTE: High-resolution photography for World Idol can be found at CTV's media site, http://www.ctvmedia.ca/ctv_artwork.asp?cid=4462/ For further information: Scott Henderson, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5305, shenderson@ctv.ca; Mike Cosentino, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5048, mcosentino@ctv.ca


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