was the third-place finisher in the third season of Canadian Idol
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. Born in London, Ontario
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on March 7, 1979, Walpole currently resides in St. Thomas, Ontario
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. He makes a living as a singer and actor, being both the lead singer of his band and a performer at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival
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, and his musical theatre background has been alluded to by the Idol judges on several occasions. Although his first attempt during the Top 32 round was unsuccessful, Aaron was brought back as a wildcard and was one of the top two performers that night, giving him a spot in the Top 10.
Songs that Walpole performed on Canadian Idol include:
- Top 32: "Try" (Blue Rodeo)
- Wildcard: "Drift Away" (Dobie Gray)
- Top 10: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (Canadian Hits week)
- Top 9: "You Haven't Done Nothing" (Stevie Wonder
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- Top 8: "Working For The Weekend" (Loverboy) (Eighties week)
- Top 7: "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me" (Big Band week)
- Top 6: "Hot Blooded" (Classic Rock week)
- Top 5: "These Eyes" (The Guess Who
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- Top 4: "Teddy Bear", "Love Me Tender" (Elvis week)
- Top 3: "Break Your Heart", "Enid" (Barenaked Ladies
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Walpole was eliminated on the September 7 results show after receiving the lowest number of votes from viewers. Aaron and his band have since performed at many events across southwestern Ontario. His Self-titled cd was released on August 8, 2006.
Aaron Walpole recently starred in the play, "Rock N' Roll" as Parker at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, and in the Toronto Musical "Nursery School Musical".
Aaron can currently be seen playing Lonny in the Toronto production of Rock of Ages
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, which opened in May 2010.
The Aaronauts are the official fanclub of Aaron Walpole, started on the Canadian Idol Message Board.
- Aaron Walpole (2006)
- Canadian Idol: High Notes (2005)
- featured in track #9, "Drift Away"
- Deacons for Defense (2003) as Jimmy
- Silent But Deadly
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(2011) as Rob