Katherine St-Laurent, 16
Otterburn Park, Que.


One of the perks of being on Canadian Idol is the celebrity life the contestants lead for the duration of their run on the show.


And for those who have never done anything professionally in the music world, it’s a lot of fun to be pampered and having everyone making a fuss over you.


“I’ve never really had a professional photo shoot and professional makeup done, so it’s really great, but I find I’m being spoiled,” says Katherine St-Laurent, 16, from Otterburn Park, Que.
Being the youngest in the competition certainly has its advantages for St-Laurent, as well. Being surrounded by her fellow hopefuls -- most of whom have some type of musical experience -- allows St-Laurent to pick up tips about what to do on stage, choosing the right song and how to be a little more confident when performing.


“I’m learning a lot from them,” says St-Laurent, who has been singing since she was six.

St-Laurent’s singing style takes her more into country-rock -- drawing comparisons to artists like Jewel and Sheryl Crow. For St-Laurent, winning this competition is going to take a lot of hard work, but with the right choices and advice, she’s up for the challenge.

“I think that I’m a hard worker, and I’m going to work hard to get this. Music is my passion and this is what I want to do,” she says. “So even if I don’t make it all the way, I’m going to keep working to get my career started.”