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. sadasd

    LOL LOL LOL LOL I wonder

    August 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • francheezy23

      "How about leaning to spell first. (Should, would). You can't really call people retards and make and IQ test a requirement to post if you can't even spell you post correctly."

      How about LEARNING how to spell first? (<– Question, not a sentence btw.) You can't really call people retards and make AN IQ test a requirement to post if you can't even spell YOUR post correctly.

      Amazing how you criticize others of not spelling correctly when you have 5 mistakes in your 2 "sentences" already. Please don't be nit picky and learn to grasp the main message of the poster, not be baffled by a person's spelling mistakes. For if that was the case, I would have stopped reading comments from most people years ago...

      August 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetkitten

      This guy is truly the worst kind of jihadist. He terrorized the entire audience with his lame act, lol.

      August 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanadianTO

      Without Going this far. People travelling to pakistan and other muslims countries should be scrutinized (source of income for instance, frequency of travels, etc..)

      August 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Someone at Canadian Idol really did drop the ball on this on. LOL LOL LOL

      August 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Someone at Canadian Idol really did drop the ball on this one. LOL LOL LOL

      August 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • shan tiago

      Balls-off to religion fellas! We are living in the 21st century flying across continents, the most advanced period of life on this planet, why still argue about religions?neither religion nor life exist beyond this planet! Can't believe these fanatic books can still influence the civilized world and dik'heads find time to post comments on it.Get a life stone pelters! If you have toomuch free time do gardening!!

      August 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • not a real name

      North American Muslims should stand against this type of terrorist activity; they should promote integration into North American life. If they do this they will gain the respect of North American’s.

      August 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • John
      Can somebody educate me,how will you possibly know someone is a terrorist by just looking at his or her appearance?
      Stop this nonsese and let us live and love each other

      The authentic source for gold dust

      August 29, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • longandshort

      too many of these fanatics. send them home.

      August 29, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • longandshort


      why dont u luv them and luv them more after they blow themselves and you up.

      August 29, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • drlaxslax

      @francheezy – how about you stop being a freaking grammar nazi...and shaddap! 🙂

      August 29, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sher

      No body mess with "The Sher"

      August 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ricky


    August 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ricky

    take it easy redneck .lol. take a cold one.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyw7

      good one man

      August 27, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew

    How much these people hates us !! they live in our country, they grow here.
    Is hatred part of Islam ? you will say No. Well then, why Shia kills Sunni ? Muslim kills non- Muslim ?
    it is clear from these kind of incident that. There is much hatred hidden in them.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aman


      There are lots of them out there who never get caught, they donate to so called charity organizations to help out terrorists.
      And gets tax credit !!

      August 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      You might also ask "Why did Americans kill Vietnamese?"

      August 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Lilly: The fact that the U.S killed Vietnamese people during a secular war 40 years ago doesn't negate or justify the fact that Islam preaches aggressive warfare and violence by Muslims against non-Muslims in ways that other religions just don't.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mm31

      There are people who do bad things all over. You, with your hatred and generalizations are a terrorist of mankind.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Andrew, I am not going to hammer you with insults, but from your comments, it is clearly abvious that you are biased, why did you put your sentence "muslims kills non-muslims" in this order? why could not it have been the other way arround. watch tv, and you be the judge, Israleis kills palestinians, Serbs killed ( back during the balkan war) muslims. Russians killed afghani muslims during the invastion of afghanistan. So stop being such a retard and back your words with real examlples.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zapp

      Yep, there is no example of violence being encouraged in the Bible. Oh, wait:

      August 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      I wouldn't allow our children to even THINK (they would have been accepted) about going to Stanford. It is a highly Muslim population w/ a multi-million dollar mosque. The Koran teaches violence, a man is "allowed" to beat his wife, not in the face nor in front of his children. Ok-Peace, yup. That's what is in the Koran. One of our children has a friend who is here from Iran and is Muslim. Her parents lived here for years. Now, they have moved back. Their child is a WILD thing. To send your children to a country you despise? Why not just keep them home. Why not just leave us and the rest of the world alone-then, and only then, will you be left alone. I feel sorry for the cabbie who was hurt in N.Y. but they have bred this fear. I, myself, am not afraid. I just believe we should get this war over with. Announce we are dropping numerous bombs. Period. If you are innocent, leave. If not, stay and pay the consequence. End of story. Never again will a 9ll happen, orchestrated by a spoiled-brat, who didn't receive enough attention from his father, therefore blamed the country his father & family enjoyed. What a brat. I hope he died (slow & painful) and that he now knows, as all terrorists will, there are no virgins waiting for them in Hell.

      August 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasib

      How about why a Christian kills a Christian? (World War II, WW I)
      This is not about a religion. This is all about ignorance.

      August 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BB

      How many muslims did you Americans kill in Iraq...directly or not direclty?? is killing part of your culture??

      August 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee


      Andrew is talking about Religious war within, not Country war.
      See the difference ! Fanatic muslims are killing their own country people.
      Haw often do you see one Christian killing another, or a Hindu Jews killing each other.
      We hear every day about Shia bomb attack on Sunnis, LoL

      August 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • adeeb

      History says that the greatest crimes and wars and genocides had been committed by White Christians. To name a few: The Inquisition, I and II world wars, The Holocost, Stalin's crimes, kidnapping and enslaving Africans. So, you should think 365 days before saying what you said.

      August 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jix

    The muslim military doctor who killed so many militaries in the USA less than a year ago, and of whom her muslim wife was proud of for doing that, was also a "lovely" guy, but was a terrorist.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann


      August 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fig1024

      so how come when a why guy goes off the hook and kills somebody, he's just a common criminal. But when a Muslim guy does something, even thinks f doing something, he's automatically a terrorist. You think white people don't kill?

      Also, with regards to this article, the fact that Sher participated in Canadian Idol is evidence that he is not a strict follower of fundamentalist Islam, which is important to consider. Whatever he is, he doesn't represent the most radical form of Islam

      August 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Why you misleading others. Islam is a religion of peace and if you don't know any thing anbout any religion then its better to stay quiet. No one has any right to talk against any religion. People like you are the real looser with lot of frustration.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Fig: Because we look at motivations. Killing isn't just killing. By your logic, manslaughter is just as bad as murder. You have to look at motivations. If someone kills someone else but doesn't follow an ideology or creed that demands or condones tha tmurder, than obviously there is no outside force to attribute his actions too. However, when a Muslim commits terrorist violence and cites Islamic text and scripture to justify it, it's pretty obvious what his motivations are.

      When an American Christian commits murder, as often happens, except for a few rare cases (about a dozen in the past couple decades) they did not do it in the name of their religion; they did it for one of a myriad of other reasons. When Muslims kill, they often justify it as protecting Islam, spreading Islam, promoting Islam, etc. Indeed, the Prophet Muhammad is recorded by Muslim texts considered authentic and reliable, such as the Sunnah, as having killed or ordered killed non-Muslims simply for being non-Muslims. So the Jihadis are simply following their prophets example. He is the al-Insan al-Kamil, after all

      August 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Mark, if Islam is a religion of peace, than it can withstand criticism like all other religions do, without folks such as yourself making veiled intimidating statements that like subtle threats.

      Islam is not a religion of peace and any honest and objective reading of the Qur'an and Sunnah, and study of the Ulama and Fiqh, will demonstrate that.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • mm31

      -2 = 0

      August 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      Your posts are exaclty correct. However the key words to look at here are "he" and "they". You're saying that because this group of Muslims (whatever the number may be) used Islam as justification for killing, that the whole relgion is violent. That is EXACTLY the same as me assuming that Christianity is violent because a small group of people said they murdered because of their relgion. You can say it's different all you want, but I challenge you to prove it. And the numbers have nothing to do with it. There are many more Muslims in the world than Christians, so it stands to reason that there will obviously be more crazy Muslims than crazy Christians. That's the law of probability.

      August 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Astonished

    When I first watched this video I thought this idiot was nothing more than bomb-vest fodder, but reading that he's a doctor gave me pause. This Avril Lavigne lovin' lunatic who fancies himself as a terrorist actually has a medical degree?

    August 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      Apparently quite a few terrorists out side othe middle east have had medical degrees of some sort. I'm not sure what the connection is but it shows that it's an ideological war and not an economic one.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Ayman Zawahiri, the Al Qaeda number two, was a doctor by training.

      At least one of the terrorists in the failed bomb attack at Glasgow Airport was a doctor.

      Those are just examples I can quickly recall, but I remember reading much more. The point is, not every Islamic terrorist is a "fodder" acting under someone else's command. Occasionally, we catch a "smart" one (likely the mastermind) in the act, and these smart ones with medical and engineering degrees are the ones we should be worried about.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Grog

    Goes to show how warm and fuzzy all these muslims are, more so than all the articles on Ramadan.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thhhhhhhhhh

    Terrorist like to sing too!

    August 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Archie Bunker

    The terror plot included that performance on Canadian Idol

    August 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q

      Haha , he should have been charged with terrorism immediately following that performance!

      August 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tammy

    He's not a native Canadian just because he lives here doesn't mean he's a Canadian get your story straight. These people don't adapt to Canadian ways they want us to adjust to their ways and they make our lifes impossible until we do. Every time someone is arrested for something terrible their friends and family always say they are fun loving and a good person and how they can't believe, I believe it he looks like a slum ball to me. Why not do a story on the boat load of Terrorist that showed up here in BC and our nice Canadian Government will be more than happy to allow them all in.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Tammy :

      You are not Native Canadian either, Canada is country of immigrants.
      The Problem Islam !! There also native Canadian who got converted to Islam.
      All the countries in the world are facing the same problem. In UK they even passed the Sharia law in some area.
      The problem my friend is , Muslim people no matter what country they live in, Loves to fight !!!

      August 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nageshwari


      Why Disney hiring them in first place ?
      Why Obama is allowing to build a Mosque at ground zero ?
      Why USA is giving away millions of dollars to Pakistan ?

      – we are creating a problem in first place.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • willyd


      There are many terrorists out there. For instance, what do you call a group of people that go around protesting at funerals of our fallen soldiers, claiming that they deserve to be dead, that this country is asking for it? These are terrorists, as well. They called themselves christians, but nothing could be further from the truth. Terrorism is not exclusive to any one group.

      August 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob


      1. Because it is illegal in the US to base a hiring decision on religion
      2. Because Obama is a lawyer and believes they have a legal right to do so.
      3. Because if we dont support Pakistan with funds they will be only more willing to turn a blind eye to terrorists within their country (they have enough problems internally with terrorism against thier own people that if we were not funding them they would do nothing for us in the region).

      Our ideals regarding freedom in the US may end up causing our own demise.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny


      Then we have to change our ideals.
      1) make it legal, like France has banned hijab
      2) what happend to Obama's " Change ", change the law !
      3) they will die of hunger in that region, if we don't support them. Problem solved!

      August 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetruth1028

      Actually he is a native in he was born and raised here....and apparently he doesn't really have an accent in real life....

      August 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PW

    Reminds me of American Dreamz... with a Z. ROTFLMAO!

    August 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DownTownBrown

    In the US terrorists fly planes into buildings. In Canada they try out for Canadian Idol. This should be Canada's new action plan; convert all terrorists into Idol participants. Think about it.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adriana Birmingham, Al

    Everyone jumping to conclusions. Maybe he is not really a terrorist and got picked up by mistake or to cover someone in the governments butt. It has happened before.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TX13

    Why does canada get these kinds of terrorists, and the rest of the world gets the serious ones?

    August 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Because it's Canada

      August 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      John, it's not because it's Canada, it's because our immigration laws are terrible. Our government up here doesn't want to do anything about it either. 2 weeks ago a boat load of "refugees" show up on our doorsteps like unwanted guest without any I.D whatsoever and instead of turning the boat away they'll end up freeloading off our system as per usual. What's even worse is that there's 99.9% chance that there are terrorists on these boats too. I'll also add that these supposed refugees go back their homeand as soon as they get citizenship for business, vacation and to sponsor more of their freeloading families to come here.

      I wish in all honesty that our government would take things like this more seriously. Sadly though I think it will take something happening in a major city like Toronto, Montreal etc. to get them to improve our laws.

      August 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylor


      Really? 99.9% chance of terrorists? Just because there are a group of immigrants, doesn't mean that there is likely to be terrorists.

      And the original poster made a joke that we get the dancing singing terrorists, because it's Canada, you know the country where everyone is nice.

      But somehow we get the dancing terrorists because our immigration laws suck. I don't know what hick part of Canada you live in, but here in Toronto where half the population is non-white, and having worked with and currently work with new immigrants, from Pakistan etc. I can tell you that the immigration process takes years, and is full of red tape.

      And muslims on the whole are peaceful people, a small preportion have hijacked the national conversation, and have painted an entire religion as something to fear. Have you ever read the Bible? Aparently you're supposed to stone anyone who tried to convert you to another religion. I guess I should have done that when the mormons came by my house.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      @Taylor-The hick part of Canada I happen to live in is in Ontario. Toronto to be exact and I'm going to assume your George Smitherman follower. 🙂

      I too work with people of many different races and religions. Does it mean I dislike them? No. I do however dislike people who come to Canada and milk our system for what it's worth. And believe me people do all the time. Our laws our terrible plain and simple whether you like it or not. As a matter of fact many of our laws are way out of date for our times ( Young Offenders Act anyone? ). Let me ask you this. Say you or I went to another country to claim refugee status without proper identification what exactly do you think would happen? Do you really honestly think we'd be welcome with open arms?

      I read the bible once. It's a boring fairytale. And as for religion in general they are all farces. Religion is for those who don't believe in themselves. Does that mean I dislike anyone who chooses to follow such nonsense? No. It's up to them if they want to believe in something.

      Fact of the matter remains is that we live in a country that believes that we are not vurnerable to any kind of terrorist attack. It's not a matter of if but when plain and simple.

      August 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • medic

      Right on Heather...couldn't have said it more concisely myself.

      August 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      These Islamic terrorists go to canada and try to cross the border into the U.S., we should worry about these renegade muslims entering mexico, or going to texas, arizona, new mexiico. If they don't like the U.S. , they should kill themselves in the name of Islam. I t's unfortunate that good Arabs and those who are muslim get labeled with the bad. These Arabs, Pakistanis, and Indians should conform to the laws, or leave. Indians are not American Indians like myself whose ancestors were born here.

      August 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. religionsux

    "Friends say he's a fun-loving, hockey-loving guy who they can't believe been accused of being a terrorist,".......yeah, shows what Family and Friends know......these terrorists are such pansies that they fit in and get people to back them before the go off killing others........find this guy and cut his nuts off!

    August 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann

      Bin Laden is funny guy and loves hide and seek games too LOL

      August 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • miro

      before you cut off his nuts shouldnt you wait to see if hes guilty?! i sure bet ud hate to be missing nuts after the court figured out that ur wronfully accused!

      August 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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