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. Alek

    That was hilarious.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. njm

    it's good thing he didn't end his tryout with a bang..

    August 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brett

    Why does everyone's English on this blog suck so bad?

    August 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      @ Bratt

      you are in the wrong section, English teachers are discussing in the Education section.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • hankers

      That would be 'badly'.

      August 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pippi


    so you are actually saying that he is not an islamic extremist because he is singing and dancing. That would then make him a moderat muslim that is trying to blow up parts of Canada – now I am worried!

    August 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marc from across the river from Ottawa

    Frank, btw I don't know about those readings you mentioned, I don't even know about all the stories in my Bible, you know why ? cause us catholics don't have a book trace to road of our live, we simply live and learn. Yes, God is good, every knows that, we love and help other, we try, not always succeed in being civilized.

    Extremists our the most idiot people in the world.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MikeB

    Perhaps he had a plan similar to the plot of "American Dreamz."

    August 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sfree

    Now he's singing in the shower.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Whoosha

    Canadian Idol? What's next "So you think you can fox trot"?

    August 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. VeeZee

    I hear his singing career bombed. 🙂

    August 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    WHAAAT ?? i lose Canadian Idol !?? ...... I WILL DO JIHAAAAAAAAD !!!!! DEATH TO CANADIAN IDOL !!!!!!! ...3,,,2,,,,,,1 ..........BOOOOOOOOMMM !!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nima

    the point no one cares about... if this guy is a terrorist this proves that terrorists are not real muslims. if this guy had read qoran the least he knew was that he can NOT sing or dance since its HARAAAAMMM (illegal) and prolly 5000 years of hell ,lol. so yeah u cant pray and listen to Avril Lavigne too.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    The Cure has the cure for this viral infection on our planet...

    August 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You Americans should feel lucky. Since 9/11 our Muslim population has sky rocketed here in Canada. These people show no consideration or respect for the Canadian or western way of life. Why we let them into our countries is beyond me. Canada has some of the worlds weakest immigration laws, just show up and cry and we'll let you in, hand you a job and give you full health care. Who cares about our sky rocketing unemployment, lets give it to the terrorist because they might bomb us if we don’t back down. We’re all screwed here in North America because our governments are weak.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Deano

    What many people don't realize (or prefer to fail to acknowledge) is that the modern religions are based in time when war was dictated by aristocracies. They needed a system that would rally the people around a common goal. ALL religions at one time or another have used the "dictates of a higher power" to justify the actions of the war machine.

    And so it is today. What needs to be done is set a level of rights and freedoms for all and use that as a minimum level of compliance to judge nation groups. Most of the oppression in the world is dictated by those who are becoming irrelevant in today's global view. With rapid and penetrating information channeling systems in another 25 years most of these truly oppressive systems will have failed.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Who the hell writes these stories? This guy was not a native Canadian (in the aboriginal sense, or the born here sense) AND, not to offend any CNN readers, but CBC is most definitely not a CNN affiliate!

    August 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GSA

    You catholics don't need a book to trace your lives....just find the nearest boy and undo his pants, hehe. I agree with you extremists have things backwards and are vile, disgusting human beings but they are not idiots, you are with your grammar.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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