It must have been their performances of "Hallelujah," "Ironic," and "The Weight" that tipped the scales, as the band Whosarmy beat out finalist Melanie Morgan and her band from Cap-Pelé, N.B. to take the win of "Cover Me Canada."
Whosarmy, made up of Cory Williams, Travis Wood, Greg Markham, and Max Trefler, will perform with their band on Monday's CBC News Network at 8:45am. Whosarmy wins a cash prize of $100,000 and has received a recording contract for its first original single, which will be released by Universal Music Canada. The single will also get airtime on CBC Radio 2.
"Canada couldn't have asked for a better outcome," music producer and judge Ron Fair said at the end of the nine-week competition to CBC News. "They are not afraid of challenging themselves and they always respected the spirit of the songs they were performing while not afraid to branch out with their own unique arrangements." He later added to North Stars, "Ultimately it came down to two finalists that proved to Canadian audiences that they had what it takes to dominate a stage and leave their mark on the Canadian music scene. Only one could win and we thought that these young men are consummate musicians and deserved to win. They are not afraid of challenging themselves and they always respected the spirit of the songs they were performing while [being] not afraid to branch out with their own unique arrangements."
The other celeb judges included New Kids on the Block alum Jordan Knight and R&B singer Deborah Cox.
Whosarmy is releasing their first single called "Alive," which the band performed on the last night of the show. The group wrote the song with hit songstressChantal Kreviazuk.