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Thursday September 13, 2007
Hamilton's hat lovin' alt-rocker has been crowned this year's Canadian Idol, edging out Alberta's teenage country crooner.

The raspy-voiced Brian Melo, who delivered one of the most memorable Idol moments in the show's history earlier this season with Radiohead's "Karma Police," repeated the magical performance last night and cemented his musical status.

"This is incredible. A year ago, I didn't think I'd be standing here," said the former construction worker as his father Augusto and his mother Maria, who wiped away tears, applauded from the crowd. "Everybody who's been taking care of me at the Hammer, this is amazing."

"That may be one of those memorable moments for me of the whole Idol experience for the past five years," said judge Jake Gold of Melo's "Karma Police."

Melo capped the night with his new single set to hit radio today, "All I Ever Wanted."

Judge Sass Jordan said the song, penned by Chris Perry and Nicole Hughes, sounded as if Melo wrote it himself since he served up such a resounding performance.

Melo signed a recording deal with Sony BMG immediately after the show in which he topped 17-year-old Jaydee Bixby from Drumheller, Alta., the boy with the voice of Elvis. Source...

Hamilton's Brian Melo crowned Canadian Idol
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