Kalan Porter who wowed viewers with his rock influenced vocal talent was crowned Canadian Idol during Thursday night's CTV broadcast.
Emerging from among 8,977 other contestants the 18 year old Medicine Hat, Alberta native edged out Theresa Sokyrka, a 23 year old from Saskatoon, after over 32 million votes were tallied following their last round of competition.
Kalan who had recently been attending Medicine Hat College at the time of his audition had decided to take a year off to focus on his music. Now with claiming the Canadian Idol title, that is exactly what Kalan will be doing. Moments after the show Kalan signed his contract with BMG Records Canada and was presented with an undisclosed amount.
The first single to be released by Porter is titled "Awake in a Dream" and will begin radio airplay today. Following his whirlwind of press interviews Kalan will head into the studio on Monday and begin recording his debut album to be released this fall.
With over 3.3 million viewers, Wednesday night's final performance showdown was the most watched Canadian Idol show ever breaking last years record.
During last night's 2 hour results show the top 10 returned to the stage to perform a number of hits together for the last time. Highlighted was an emotional duet between Kalan and Theresa singing Cyndi Lauper's "True Colours".