Canadian Idol loser gets own TV series

After the disappointment of being voted off Canadian Idol last summer, Tara Oram will soon be back on prime-time television and on-line with CMT.

If fame could come to Jennifer Hudson after she didn’t quite win American Idol, why shouldn’t roughly the same thing happen to a Canadian Idol loser?

It just might happen to country music singer Tara Oram. After failing to become a Canadian Idol last summer, she landed her own series on Corus Entertainment’s CMT channel as well as a shot at online celebrity. Debuting Sunday, July 20 at 9 pm for a six-week run, The Tara Diaries will document Oram’s attempt to build a professional singing career.

Thanks to, family, friends and fans will be able to log on and follow Oram’s journey. ‘For the first time, viewers will be invited to participate real-time in an artist’s career decisions,’ says CMT Canada programming VP Ted Ellis. ‘Through online polls, the fans will help determine results – like Tara’s final CD cover or video treatment at the end of each episode.’

In a popularity-ensuring twist, fans will also be able to submit their own original songs on the website, where the best song – based on online voting – may be featured on Oram’s first album. Behind-the-scenes extras and personal notes from the singer will also be featured on the site.

Spoiler alert: Oram ends up signing with Open Road Recordings, whose singing stable includes Doc Walker, Johnny Reid and The Road Hammers.