Five years before “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen became a Hot 100-topping protegé of Justin Bieber, she was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Canadian Idol hopeful with nothing but a guitar and a dream.
Jepsen made it all the way to the Final 3 during season 5 of Canadian Idol in 2007 and was the last girl standing. Although she didn’t take the crown, she did serve up 16 solo performances on the show, and although you’re probably satisfied by simply listening to “Call Me Maybe” (or one of its awesome mashups) 400 times on repeat, we figured we’d compile them all in one place just because we love you so much (and also, it’s Friday).
Jepsen fared best with classic lady pop – songs like “Torn” and “At Seventeen” showcased her breathy tone well – and although she’s less convincing on belty tunes like “Come to My Window” and “Breathe,” it’s still fun to hear pop’s current princess covering songs and singing one original on a now-defunct reality competition. Check out all the videos – except for Macy Gray’s “I Try,” which somehow hasn’t made its way onto the Internet:
Audition: “Sweet Talker” (original)
Top 80: “I Try” by Macy Gray
We wish it were here too! We reached out to both CTV and Insight Productions, who produced the show, to see if they could provide us with an archived performance video, but no dice. Sorry!
Top 40: “Breathe (2 A.M.)” by Anna Nalick
Top 22: “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae
Top 18: “Sweet Ones” by Sarah Slean