By Aluen Navaro Fenoy
After 15 years of watching people embarrass themselves or impress the public, American Idol is coming to an end.
The final two contestants – LaPorsha Renae and Trent Harmon –compete to become the next American Idol tonight the last one for the show in television history.
Idol created some of the biggest recording artists in the world, including people like: Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, and more.
The U.S. TV show that helped people start off a career in the music industry also influenced a big Canadian audience.
A Canadian version of the show started in 2003 and ran for five years.
Although the Canadian version wasn’t as successful, it inspired singers to compete in talent shows, contests and showcases.
Toronto singer and songwriter, Jessica Salvatore, took part in a showcase to sing for Talent Nation in the city.
Contestants have to be invited to sing for this showcase, which is what happened for Salvatore.
After auditioning two times, she got a call to start her journey which included photoshoots, rehearsals, jam sessions and a performance at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.
“It was the coolest experience being able to perform at a sold out show at the Danforth, knowing that so many legends have performed on that stage.”
This experienced helped Salvatore become more comfortable with performing in front of people.
“After Talent Nation I pushed myself even more by entering contests, which resorted to me singing with the Jonas Brothers at the Molson Amphitheater, and releasing my first single in 2015,” said Salvatore.
“If you don’t live life the way you want, doing the things you love, then you’re not living your life.”
Even though Idol hasn’t helped some Canadian artists become a worldwide sensation, many other artists are leaving their mark.
Canadians have been making an impact on the music industry as of recent years with artists like, Drake, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, The Weeknd, etc.
Bieber, Mendes and Cara all got their start after posting videos on YouTube, which were shared online and got them record deals and number one singles, awards, worldwide fans, successful tours, etc.