Looking back to August 22, 2008
Collingwood’s Drew Wright returns home to a huge welcome while competing on CTV’s Canadian Idol
He played in a band at Admiral Collingwood School. Later, he was a part of the drama club at CCI. He has a degree in music engineering.
Yes, Music and performing were obviously going to be a big part of his future.
Later in life, family and friends urged Drew Wright to take a shot at competing on Canadian Idol. At 27 years of age, he was looking at his final opportunity to do so.
Good thing he did! Drew Wright became known from coast to coast to coast as a talented musician with an incredible voice. Of course, Collingwood residents already knew how good Drew Wright was as a musician and live performer.
As a part of the routine on Canadian Idol, contestants returned to their home towns during the show’s run to get a measure on local feedback. In Collingwood’s case, the nation saw that excitement for what Drew was doing was off the charts. Way off the charts!
Drew Wright was welcomed home by then Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier and Town Crier Ken Templeman
You could tell by the look on his face that Wright was totally overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community. The downtown streets were packed with friends, family and fans.
Wright put on a terrific performance in Downtown Collingwood with the television cameras rolling and the locals cheering him on
photos – Paul Richards
Wright finished 3rd in the 2008 Canadian Idol voting. Later, the top three Canadian Idol contestants set out on a three-month, cross-Canada tour where they played to appreciative crowds who had grown to know them well from their television performances.
Brian Adams’ songs were performed on the final week for Drew Wright on Canadian Idol. He sang “I’m Ready” and “Cuts Like a Knife.”
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