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. Carl

    Ah the irony....

    "Why DOES everything have to be so complicated"

    August 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SomeGuy

    hmm... what happened to the innocent until proven guilty thing?

    August 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeyHey

      Apparently, terrorism is a crime where you are guilty until proven innocent.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jordan

    CBC (Canadian Brodcasting Corp.) is not an affiliate of CNN. It is a crown corporation (canadian name for a government owned company) that is funded by canadian tax payer's.

    August 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pippi

    Islam is not a religion but a political ideology with a political agenda. It should be treated as a political party.

    August 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Wow, one of the few media outlets that actually point out he did this as a joke, attempting to get on Canadian Idol that is

    August 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. El Burro

    He bombed on audition.

    August 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pippi

    Immigration is not a right but a privilege.

    August 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. derek

    The war on Terror must be working, only the really dumb ones are left.

    August 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jack BBBB

    Canadian Idol, American Idol I get a headache just thinking about that crap. How's my spellling so far?
    One more thing – HEY CNN . it's not Ottawa, Canada,,,,,,, it's Ottawa, Ontario. How would Des Moines USA
    sound? I thought so. Hey, where is Iowa anyway?

    August 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron

    It's clear to me that most of you are complete morons...I am a christian but I am not so stupid to think that the Koran "teaches violence" or anything like that... Just because a few extremists took it too far and misinterpreted the teachings doesn't mean the whole muslim community is bad! It's the same as Catholic priests..Just because a few of them touch little boys it doesn't make all catholics petophiles. Ignorance is the worst kind of hate and most of you are full of it.

    August 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Islam...the religion of piece here...another piece there...

    August 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. canada!!!!!!!!!!

    in canada, even the extreme muslim terrorists have a sense of humor

    August 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sumair

    He isn't proven guilty of any people are sick minded.

    those who are taking Koran out of context should also read bible that says promote violence?

    1) In Leviticus 25:44-46, the Lord tells the Israelites it’s OK to own slaves, provided they are strangers or heathens.

    2) In Samuel 15:2-3, the Lord orders Saul to kill all the Amalekite men, women and infants.

    3) In Exodus 15:3, the Bible tells us the Lord is a man of war.

    4) In Numbers 31, the Lord tells Moses to kill all the Midianites, sparing only the virgins.

    5) In Deuteronomy 13:6-16, the Lord instructs Israel to kill anyone who worships a different god or who worships the Lord differently.

    6) In Mark 7:9, Jesus is critical of the Jews for not killing their disobedient children as prescribed by Old Testament law.

    7) In Luke 19:22-27, Jesus orders killed anyone who refuses to be ruled by him.

    August 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      The prodigal son? turn the other cheek? I'm not even religious, but down tie Jesus into your argument. Last time I checked, Jesus stopped the stoning of the Woman. Jesus fed the hungry people. I have not so much as heard of such a man from Islam

      August 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BB

    I wonder if this is another Maher Arar??

    August 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stan J


    August 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
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