What would Canadian Idol be without the genial, excitable, preternaturally tanned Ben Mulroney as host? Would the CTV karaoke juggernaut be any different with another host, perhaps one wearing a black tee, a nose ring and an equally expensive, but far more tousled, haircut? What if George Stroumboulopoulos was running the show?
In an interview with fan site The Stroumboulopouli, the host of The Hour and CBC poster boy Stroumboulopoulos reflected on his career and some of the paths not taken: “I mean I took that show in the States and it bombed, and it was an amazing experience, and I was offered a show that’s a huge show here now and I turned it down. And people said to me ‘that’s the biggest show in Canadian history, why don’t you do that show? Because I wouldn’t have felt right, you know?” See the clip for yourself.
Was Stroumbo offered the job of hosting Canadian Idol, or perhaps the role of Hank on Corner Gas? In a subsequent interview with insidethecbc.com, he denies that Idol was on the table but says he did talk to the network about some other shows.
His gig is hosting, so what else could it be? Should Lloyd Robertson be looking over his shoulder? Was there a recurring role on Degrassi available, perhaps as the hip, young art teacher? Perhaps we’ll never know.
Thanks to Allan Sorensen for the tip. Photo by Photojunkie.