Sunday, August 05, 2007

Enrique Iglesias In Canadian Idol

Latino legend Enrique Iglesias -- the biggest-selling Spanish-language singer in the world -- will join Canadian Idol's Top 8 competitors for this week's unplugged episode and live performance.

With sales of more than 40 million units around the world in little more than a decade, Enrique Iglesias is one of the world's most successful artists. At the age of 32, he has enjoyed 16 No. 1 Latin Billboard hits, more than any other artist in history.

Iglesias will join the competitors as they work on their performance songs for the July 30 "Unplugged" episode - the first ever on Canadian Idol in which some of the competitors will be accompanying themselves with their own instruments.

The following night, Iglesias whip Idol's live audience into a hip-shaking frenzy while performing two songs from his new album, "Insomniac." The Top 8 will also perform an "Unplugged" group number, with competitors once again having the option to accompany themselves on instruments.

Iglesias recently told CTV's eTalk that he's looking forward to joining Idol's budding vocalists, and sees the competition as a good way to break into the industry.

"[Canadian Idol] gives kids a chance and an outlet that they wouldn't have through a normal record company," Iglesias told eTalk. "So, I think it's a good thing."

Studied Toronto songstress Martha Joy had a chance to show her off true colours Tuesday night when she was eliminated after singing the Cyndi Lauper classic of the same name. While usually intense and unshakeable, the 16-year-old could hardly make it through her emotional final song, choking out the lyrics and eventually giving up altogether when the rest of the Top 8 gathered around for a hug.

Martha Joy learned of her elimination after a high energy results show that included a two-song performance by this week's mentor, pop star Enrique Iglesias.

Singing "Somebody's Me" from his new album Insomniac and "Be With You," a number one hit from 1999's Enrique album, the seasoned performer had the whole crowd on its feet as he danced on the judges' desk and through the audience.

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