Mississauga Loves Karaoke!

 

If you ever thought karaoke was dead or just for bars in Korea town, think again. The annual Boston Pizza Idol ended last night with its most successful event to date, having attracted over 2,000 viewers during its multi-week run. 

The seven-week competition, which began with 100 karaoke enthusiasts, ended last Tuesday when the top 10 contestants performed before a panel of judges. Ron Dalson reigned supreme, walking away with the first place prize. 

The competition is relatively prestigious, boasting in the past years a roster of Canadian Idol singers. It helps that the competition was masterminded and is hosted by Canadian Idol alum Joel Martin.

Not only are some singers noteworthy, many of the judges are well known industry veterans. Some of the music aficionados responsible for picking the most talented singers include Anthony Carone from The Arkells, Warner's Ian Kwechansky, David Mohacsi (who has worked with the Barenaked Ladies, The Tragically Hip and Lights) and Black Box's Julie Hoffman. 

The first place prize consisted of $1,000 and some recording time in Sauga's own Metalworks studio. The second, third, fourth and fifth place winners walked away with $400, $300, $200 and $100 respectively. 

Here are the winners of BP Idol:

1st place - Ron Dalson
2nd  place Ken De Los Santos
3rd place John McGlone
4th place Elyse Dalgleish
5th place Sarah Rideout

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