August 27th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Terror suspect sang 'Complicated' on 'Canadian Idol'

Sher's appearance on Canadian Idol is splattered across YouTube.

Canadian terror plot suspect Khurram Syed Sher tried out for a spot on “Canadian Idol” in 2008, telling the judges he came to Canada from Pakistan in 2005 and performing Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” when the judges voted for that over a Hilary Duff song.

Sher, who is actually a native Canadian, sings in a Pakistani accent while performing a series of strained dance moves, one of which is reminiscent of ice skating form. Which make sense when at the end of the performance a judge asks Sher if he considered being a comedian rather than a singer.

“Not really, I like hockey,” Sher replies.

YouTube: Watch the audition

That at least backs up what friends say about the London, Ontario, anatomical pathologist, who is a graduate of the McGill University Medical School, according to a report by CNN affiliate CTV.

"Friends say he's a fun-loving, hockey-loving guy who they can't believe been accused of being a terrorist," CTV's Roger Smith reported from Ottawa Friday.

According to CNN affiliate CBC, Sher traveled to Pakistan in 2006 to help with earthquake relief.

Sher was charged Friday with conspiracy to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity, according to the CBC report.

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  1. Anonymous

    Ever thought about this? In any part of world where there is a major religious conflict one side will almost always be Muslims!!Why??

    August 29, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Nicky

    A new tactic from the al-qaeda – kill us by poor Idol performance LOL

    August 29, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. John

    Stop this nonsense,will you

    August 29, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Daniel

    Native Canadian ?? so he is an Indian? He can be a 'native Canadian' and speak with a Indian accent, here there is nothing unusual about that, especially in Canada – home to millions of Chinese, Hindu's Punjab's and Arabic. We let in the utter dregs. What is surprising the most is that the guy can speak English at all.

    August 29, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • AndrewQ

      Daniel has no intellect to be seen here, people.

      Move along.

      August 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • x

      Indians are Indo-European people whose holiest symbol is the swastika and who follow the Aryan (a Hindu word) religion. The more Indians that come to Canada, the better.

      August 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marian Paroo

    Americans shouldn't act all high and mighty on this - they had a serial killer on The Dating Game once!!!!!

    August 29, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. storm

    a terror suspect singing on idol thats funny. what was he singing jihad is coming for you. lol

    August 29, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. AndrewQ

    The CBC is a CNN affiliate? I don't think so.

    The CBC is not affiliated with CNN in any way. This is their story and CNN is using it just as, from time to time, the CBC may report a story first reported by CNN.

    August 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Iknowitall

    I saw someone post is killing in your culture? (Towards Americans) Answer is: Yes, duh, obviously.

    August 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Tom

    His friends said that he would not harm a fly.

    Possibly, but he was planning on killing Canadian infidels.

    August 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Alix

    It all makes sense. The Taliban don't like music (especially western music) so they send people here to kill the songs.

    August 30, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. CC

    CNN affiliate CTV??? CNN affiliate CBC!?!?!?

    Since when is CTV an affiliate of CNN? That's like reading a report on CNN.com from "CNN affiliate NBC". It makes no sense. Then, a paragraph later, the report mentions "CNN affiliate CBC". What the heck??? Are you just presuming no one in the U.S. will know what CTV and CBC are, so you can pretend that they are CNN affiliates??? Are there stories at CNN.com about British news that make reference to "CNN affiliate BBC"??? This isn't the first time I've seen this either. Can someone explain the logic (or lack thereof) to me? How can CNN possibly claim CTV and CBC as "affiliates"?

    August 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dan L

    Uh, I think they're just trying to point out how ridiculously funny this is.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Lilly

    Huh? I think they were making fun of him. But then you can't expect Fright Wingers to have much of a sense of humour....although they do flock Glen Beck and the other Fox clowns, so perhaps they do know how to laugh after all.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. willyd

    If you so dislike it, then why are you reading this? Is it because you are such a negative person that no one can stand you?

    August 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mike of Vancouver BC

    or maybe they are just stating the fact that he sang on Canadian Idol. Why does there always have to be a hidden agenda?

    August 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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