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Age: 16
Occupation: High School Student
Hometown: Sudbury, ON
Audition City: Sudbury, ON
Place of Birth: Sudbury, ON
Nickname: "Phillie"
Sounds Like: Billy Gilman
Identifies With: Kalan Porter
Musical Style: Pop / Country
Fashion Style: "In Style"
Motto: "Working on it…"

"I haven't seen many 16-year-olds make it very far in the competition. Hopefully, I can be the first!"

Daryl Brunt says he and Kalan Porter share the same personality. "We're a little on the quiet side," he says. Nevertheless, the 16-year-old Voice and Drama student at Sudbury Secondary is not shy on stage.

His talent, he says, comes from his mother. "She has been singing her whole life and when she realized that I inherited some of that talent she got me out there at an early age." Daryl started singing when he was three and won his first competition at the age of five. A Vibrato, Daryl says he has a "different voice" and his "own style."

Regarding Canadian Idol, Daryl says that "this is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. It is all I think about when I go to bed and it is the first thing I think about when I wake up." He loves Queen Latifah, Family Guy, meat pie and the Toronto Maple Leafs and says he could not live without his karaoke machine. He plays baseball and soccer and likes to fish, hunt and camp.

Daryl's fun facts:

Which musical act would you most like to see in concert? Aqua. Where'd they go?
What posters/pictures are on the walls of your bedroom? None.
I feel most comfortable when I'm...sleeping.
What is your favourite movie? Napoleon Dynamite
What is your favourite book? T'is

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your life?

Making it to the top 32 in Canadian Idol at the age of 16.

What are you the most proud of?

I've always wanted to be a singer/performer and I did it!

Which item could you not live without?

My Karaoke machine...I use it every day, oh and my computer.

What's been the best day of your life?

I try to make everyday the best day of my life, but so far I would have to say making Top 32.

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Probably Queen Latifah, Because when I watch her in movies and in interviews she seems like such an interesting person. I would just like to go spend a day with her.

What do you think has gotten you this far in the competition?

Hard work! And talent, I guess.

What will it take for you to become the Canadian Idol?

More hard work, dedication and winning over Canadian viewers.

What has been the most challenging part of the competition so far?

The nervous feeling I get before every performance.

Whose career path would you like to follow and why?

I can't choose a specific career path but it would definately have to involve singing and/or acting, I love doing both.

What part of the Canadian Idol experience has surprised you the most?

I've never met so many different people from all over Canada. Somehow I thought we'd all be different. It was very surprising to find out that we are all the same.

What did you learn about yourself during the Top 100?

I learned that if you want something bad enough all you have to do is work at it. Seeing all that great talent made me try even harder!!

What was your reaction when you made the Top 32?

Wow!! Because I had just taken my last antibiotic on the bus on the way down for a throat infection. My voice was going by the last performance, I didn't think I did that great a job. I thought I was going home.

Who has been the greatest inspiration of your life?

Other Idols. People don't really understand the hard work that is put in to making Canadian Idol happen "behind the scenes" I believe the performers and crew members deserve a lot of credit for all the work they really do!!

Who has helped to make you the singer you are today?

My mother. She has been singing her whole life and when she realized that I inherited some of that talent she got me out there at an early age.

What song touches you the most? Why does it affect you so much?

"When You Believe." I am not religious or anything but this song is about miracles happening if you believe.

What song title best describes you?

"I'm too sexy" and so everyone says. Ha ha!!

What do you do to keep your nerves in check during the competition?

Hang out with fellow competitors; try not to think too much. Joke around.

How has this competition changed you?

I am learning to relax on stage, moving a little. I am more comfortable with people, other competitors and cameras.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

"Wicked" and other inside jokes that are only appropriate for friends' ears....

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