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Ryan Malcolm - Canadian Idol Season 1 Winner


Full name: Ryan Michael Malcolm
Hometown: Kingston, Ontario
Birthdate: October 13, 1979
Previous occupation: Singer/Waiter
Random fact: Ryan studied policing at St. Lawrence College
Audition city: Ottawa
Singing style: Rock & Roll
Trademark: Glasses
Performance quirks: Leg kicks, quick thank-you's immediately after songs
How he made the Top 11: Producers threw in a twist in the wildcard round after Ryan finished so close to wildcard winner Toya Alexis, adding an 11th member to the Top 10.
Memorable quote: "Hello. Are we still on?! Oh!" to Canadian idol host Ben Mulroney after being announced as the winner and forgetting about the sing-out
Brush with elimination: Hit the bottom 2 for the first and only time after singing Elton John's "Believe"
Why he won: The most consistent performer in the competition, Ryan never hit a bad note and always delivered a strong, professional performance. He also showed a witty (and sometimes sarcastic and self-depracating) personality that endeared himself to fans.
Post-Idol success: First single "Something More" spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the sales chart and went five-times platinum; first album Home went platinum and was nominated for a 2005 Juno Award for Pop Album of the Year; released singles "Star of All the Planets" and "You Made This Fool Become A Man" from Home
Where is he now?: Ryan is currently writing songs and getting ready to record his follow-up album.


First audition - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes/Down On The Corner
Toronto auditions - You Send Me (trio), When A Man Loves A Woman (solo)
Top 30 - One by U2
Wildcard - Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel
Top 11 - Try by Blue Rodeo
Top 8 - For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder
Top 6 - Drift Away by Dobie Grey
Top 5 - Believe by Elton John
Top 4 - Crazy by Patsy Cline; Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede
Top 3 - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Hollies; Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) by Billy Joel
Top 2 - Something More; Down On The Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival; Stand By Me by Ben E. King


Malcolmedia - Ryan Malcolm fan site featuring video, audio, and news
Ryan - Official website includes an active message board, news, audio clips and more
Ryan's Myspace - Join Ryan on Myspace and listen to music from his new band
RyanMalcolmFans.Net - Fan site with an extensive collection of photos and art
Ryan Malcolm Yahoo Group - The first and original Yahoo group for Ryan
My Story by Ryan Malcolm - Article written by Ryan for the Kingston Whig-Standard about his year as the Canadian Idol
Buy Ryan's CD -, best price for shipment to the U.S. ($15.99)

Ryan Malcolm - Home

Ryan Malcolm at CI2 finale

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - World Idol (Audio | Video)

Let It Snow - American Idol Christmas, 2003 (Audio | Video)

Clocks - La Fureur, January 2004
(Audio | Video)

October Skies (acoustic) - Canada AM, Feb. 2004 (Video)

Your Song, w/ Jacynthe (acoustic) - Canada AM, Feb. 2004 (Video)

Sound Of Silence, duet w/ brother Reagan - Sept. 2004 (Audio)

Fallen - Sept. 2004 (Audio)

Absolutely Perfect, International Children for Peace concert, Prague  - Dec. 2004 (Video)
Something More, International Children for Peace concert, Prague  - Dec. 2004 (Video)




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