In case you didn't see it last night, Ali Milner, Whistler's sultry chanteuse, effectively murdered the competition on last night's Cover Me Canada. With only five contestants left, it was up to each of them to bring something new, something fresh to the stage and Whistler's favourite redhead brought it unequivocally with her down-home rendition of Shania Twain's "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"
Milner morphed one the campiest and catchiest songs in Canada's songbook into something casual yet soulful, showcasing an emotional fragility and jazz-lounge zeal that makes her arguably the most distinctive performer on the CBC's singing competition.
The judges all praised the performance. Even Ron Fair, the contest's resident hard ass, said, "This was probably the best you've sounded on this show. Now I'm all confused - I don't who 's going to win this thing."
Of course, Milner's fans have once again failed to secure immunity for her by boosting her social media score. Each week, one contestant is awarded immunity based on the number of online votes by fans watching the show. Immunity was awarded to Melanie Morgan, who was one of three competitors on the judge's chopping block but was spared, because of her fans, for another week.
The lesson here is twofold: First, you can secure Ali Milner's victory, if you want to, by going to cbc.ca/covermecanada and following the links to vote for her; and second, she might not even need your votes because she's just that good. But let's not chance it.
Winnipeg rock quartet Living in Red was the fourth act booted off the show. Four contestants are left. Cover Me Canada airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBC.