Coronach's Dallas Elder trying to be among Canadian Idol's top 22

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When the television lights hit him in the face, a mundane day full of waiting culminated in a very real, very scary moment for Dallas Elder.

Coronach's Dallas Elder trying to be among Canadian Idol's top 22

When the television lights hit him in the face, a mundane day full of waiting culminated in a very real, very scary moment for Dallas Elder.
Elder, an 18-year-old from Coronach, found himself in Calgary standing before Canadian Idol judges Sass Jordan, Jake Gold, Farley Flex and Zack Werner.
"You've got four people staring at you, waiting for you to do something and hoping it's going to be good," Elder recalled. "It's the most nerve-racking thing in the world."
But once he'd sang his two songs, Listen to the Music by the Doobie Brothers and Bad Day by Fuel, Elder waited for his verdict.
"I remember standing there, and Sass said yes, and Jake said yes and Zack said no. And he gave me the whole speech on how the music business wasn't for me. And then Farley was kind of in the middle," Elder said.
As Flex deliberated Elder's fate, Jordan went to bat for the young singer, saying her colleague "owed her one," to which Flex relented, giving the final yes vote, giving Elder the go ahead.
"They said, 'OK, you're going through to Toronto,' and that was a feeling right there," said Elder.
The auditions in Calgary started Feb. 2 and were a long process for Elder who was taking his second stab at the Idol dream, having gone as far as Toronto last year.
He auditioned for the preliminary judges, then had a day to decide what songs he would choose from the audition list before appearing before the celebrity panel.
"I think I sat in the room for over 13 hours," he explained. And as he waited his head was spinning with concerns of how he should sing and what he should do when the time came.
"The more you think about it, the more you get nervous," he said.
Elder, a self-taught guitarist, has had some success in Saskatchewan as the lead singer for his band Parallel 49. The Coronach group worked with Rockglen's Tyler Lewis after his third place finish on Canadian Idol in 2006. He said he spoke briefly with Lewis about his Idol audition, mostly about the process.
"But I asked him, 'Is it worth going?' and he said, 'Yeah, for sure.'" Elder said. Because he's been to the Toronto auditions once, Elder knows there's not a lot he can do to prepare music. The audition songs must come from a short list of preselected tunes. Despite that, he said it helps to not be worrying about the unknown.
"I didn't know anybody and I was just nervous the whole time," he said of his trip to Toronto in 2007. "Knowing what will happen will give me a lot more confidence."

Suzanne Boyer can be reached
at 691-1258.

Geographic location: Toronto, Calgary, Saskatchewan

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