Eva Avila (born Eva Gougeon-Ávila on February 25, 1987 in Gatineau, Quebec) is a singer and songwriter. She won the fourth season of the CTV reality show Canadian Idol in 2006. Early life: Avila's father introduced her to music and she has been singing in public since the age of 2, and at the age of 9 was a winner on Homegrown Cafe, a talent show on CJOH-TV, in Ottawa. Her nickname, given by her family when she was a small child, is still Eva le dragon (English: Eva the dragon). Prior to Idol, she had been working as a postal clerk and a beauty consultant. She had also been a former winner of the Jeune Diva du Québec contest. Avila also participated in another competition for a Quebec TV téléroman aired on Radio-Canada called Virginie. She usually speaks English and French, as well as a little Spanish because her father is of Peruvian origin. Music career: 2006: Canadian Idol: In early 2006, Avila auditioned for the fourth season of Canadian Idol in Ottawa. She advanced into the top 10, and then she made it to the final two of the competition. During the final show, hundreds of Avila's supporters were gathered at Gatineau City Hall while Canadian Idol crews were filming scenes occasionally during the show. Several local politicians such as Gatineau mayor Marc Bureau, Hull--Aylmer federal MP Marcel Proulx, as well as Hull provincial MNA Roch Cholette were in attendance. During the finale show, Judge Zack Werner said that Avila was the show's most obvious candidate for international stardom, but he thought Craig Sharpe would win the competition. However, on September 16, 2006, Eva Avila was crowned as the fourth Canadian Idol winner, defeating Craig Sharpe by a margin of only 131,000 votes or 3%. To date, she is one of only five singers from Quebec or Francophone Canada to crack the top ten and the first to win the event: Season one's Audrey de Montigny was the first to reach the top ten, Steffi DiDomenicantonio in season four, Khalila Glanville in season five and Katherine St-Laurent in season six. Canadian Idol performances: Week Theme Song Sung Artist Status Audition - "On My Own" Les Misérables Advanced Top 22 Contestant's Choice "Angel" Sarah McLachlan Advanced Top 18 Contestant's Choice "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Roberta Flack Advanced Top 14 Contestant's Choice "Aint No Mountain High Enough" Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell Advanced Top 10 Canadian Hits "Powerless (Say What You Want)" Nelly Furtado Safe Top 9 The Rolling Stones "Wild Horses" Rolling Stones Safe Top 8 Songs of the 1980s "White Wedding" Billy Idol Bottom 3 Top 7 Songs of Classic Rock "Who Wants to Live Forever?" Queen Safe Top 6 Acoustic Music "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" Prince Safe Top 5 Songs of Country "Here You Come Again" Dolly Parton Bottom 2 Top 4 Judges' Choice "Would I Lie to You?", "Old School Love" Eurythmics, Divine Brown Safe Top 3 Pop Standards "God Bless the Child", "They Can't Take That Away from Me" Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire Safe Top 2 Idol's Favourite, Idol Single, Idol's Favourite "Wild Horses", "Meant to Fly", "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" Natasha Bedingfield, Eva Avila, Prince Won Grand Finale Idol's Favourite "Powerless (Say What You Want)" Nelly Furtado Declared Winner 2006-07: Somewhere Else: Hours after her victory, Avila signed with the Sony BMG Canada record label and released her first single "Meant to Fly", which debuted at number one on the Canadian singles chart, a position it held for a huge nine weeks. The single was eventually certified double platinum. On October 5, 2006, the CTV television network reported that Avila has signed a modelling contract with Ford Model. Avila started the 2006 NHL season on October 4 when she performed the Canadian national anthem at the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators game. She performed the anthem again before another Battle of Ontario game at the Scotiabank Place on October 26 following an autograph session on the same afternoon at Gatineau's Les Galeries de Hull shopping centre. Avila's debut album, Somewhere Else, was released on November 14, 2006. and debuted at number 6 on the Canadian albums chart, selling 16,000 copies in its first week. The second single from the album, "I Owe It All To You", peaked at number nine. On November 19, 2006, Avila performed the national anthem at the 94th Grey Cup game in Winnipeg. Eva and her Canadian Idol predecessor, Melissa O'Neil, were both nominated for the 2007 Juno Award for Best New Artist, but Tomi Swick won the award. The third and final single from Avila's album, "Fallin' for You" was released in April 2007 and peaked at number thirty-five. 2008-10: Give Me the Music: On March 26, 2007, eTalk confirmed that Avila would be the new face of Maybelline New York, making her the first Canadian to be a face for the brand. Also in 2007, she participated on the Hip Hop compilation "Les 40 Voleurs" with La Dynastie on the song "La Fausse Raison". Eva also recorded the song: "Canada (You're a Lifetime Journey)", the finale tune to the film "O Canada!" which is shown at the Canadian pavilion in Epcot in Orlando, Florida. Following the success of her debut album, Avila returned to the recording studio in Toronto to begin work on her second album. On August 9, 2008, she announced on Canada's eTalk that the first single to be taken from her second album would be called "Give Me The Music", composed by Matrax Production and written by Frankie Storm, Tee Marie a.k.a. Tanya Miller of (Tha Kopi Writz) and Shaun Johnson and would be released on September 2, with the album of the same name following on October 28. She also stated that the record label, Sony BMG Canada were hoping to make the record her first American release. If the album was released and well received in America, Avila stated that she hoped to extend the album's supportive tour into the U.S. When released in Canada on October 28, Eva's second album Give Me the Music hit the national albums chart at number 63, a surprisingly low debut considering the lead single had peaked at number 21 on the Canadian Hot 100. "Damned", the second single from the album debuted on the Hot 100 in January 2009 and peaked at number 83. In late March 2009, Avila was the support act for the four Canadian dates of Beyoncé Knowles' I Am... Tour. She recently performed at the Virgin Festival 2009 in Montreal. She was the third act. She also performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony on February 28, 2010. 2011: Eva Avila sang the National Anthem and performed at the half-time show at the Montreal Alouettes home opener on June 29, 2011. She sang three songs, including "I Owe It All to You". The Als defeated the B.C. Lions 30-26. 2013-Present: Dream You Better: On October 15, 2013, Eva released "Bitter Meets Sweet" the first single from her upcoming EP entitled Dream You Better, due out in 2014.

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