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. azza

    where is my comment , I wrote few minutes ago CNN

    August 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. azza

    The koran you have in the west and north america is a customized copy of the real Arabic . I am fully trilangual and read the arabic one , Dr, Waffa Sultan from California is so frustrated about the fake translation just to promote Islam as a peaceful religion. "Google waffa sultan " and have fun with her talking about Islam " she was born muslim but not a beleiver any more.
    The problem with Shria is how they treat women; Man can marry 4 women at the same time . In Inheritance woman is considered 1/2 man . she just talk half what a male should have. Man can divorce a woman by just pronouncing the word" you are divorced " the other issue is the fact they want to dominate the world and it is coming. In 1975 the late Algerian leader said " Islam will dominate the world by the muslim woman womb" . Kadafi said the same lately " we do not need to declare war on the west or North America" we will dominate by number.
    WE see on our street a young muslim woman ; pregnant, carrying a baby and pushing 2 or 3 in the stroller. Wake up before it is too late . Jihad kills few but the womb will likk nations

    August 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. azza

    The koran give also the man the right to beat his wives to discipline them . You the one who converted to Islam : did you know about all that or just had some nice Muslim friend at school pushing you to convert without telling you the true face of Islam. I agree there are good Muslim and moderate but they have no choice than follow the Koran, Another point which one of all the religion on earth Kills anybody that leave their faith except islam ? Read , educate yourself before it is too late. The Saudi and other sources pay 200 Euro for every woman to wear the veil just to promote Islam. I would say read , if you are convinced go for it . but do not judge by appearance .

    August 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chuckmartel

    Wow, and this is how the assimilated, educated muslims in the west carry on! Had enough Canada? The US has had more than it's share of islami diversity.

    August 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhReally?

      They have not been proven guilty yet. Weird how people like to talk without seeing the facts...

      Guess that's how Bush invaded Iraq.

      Many terrorism suspects blew the media away, but were proven innocent and silently released. Too bad news does not show the part where they are released as innocent.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. azza

    Do you know why the Saudi, Lybia, Iran , etc etc are promoting Islam ? They know sooner or later the Hybrid cars are coming and they will have to drink their oil. How they will subsistute this huge income : by the Haj ( visiting Mecca) .
    It is in their best interest to convert the whole world to Islam to assure a good income . Do you still beleive Islam is a religion or a business !!!!!

    August 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Iceaxdave

    Did you hear about the new exploding Pakistani prayer rugs? Profits are through the roof!

    August 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Sumair is digging deep into the bible scriptures he does not really understand and he is trying to take them out of context. A cursory reading of the koran will lead anyone to believe that Islam condones/promotes violence against non-Muslims. The New Testament is absolutely a book of peace (regardless of what religious morons have done in the past). The challenge for people who want to discredit Christianity and claim that it is a violent religion is that they just cannot find support for this in the New Testament.

    August 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rachael

    Maybe we can use this as an excuse to finally cancel Canadian Idol?

    August 28, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • SomeGuy

      lmao it needs to get canceled. Or there will be a Canadian Idol Season: 2473, at this rate.

      August 28, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Aaron


    at least someone understands that one misinterpretation does not mean the whole religion is bad

    August 28, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. STi

    Ball-off to you fellas! we are living in the 21st century, the human era, not the stone age, wake up! instead of continuing your verbal battle over religion, why don't you plant a tree and save the world? There is no need for a religion to live peacefully in this civilized world, having these religions haven't stopped anything, haven't changed it to heaven like! so why bother, religions are made for the people of the uncivilized world, where doesn't exist newspapers or television sets, age of the stone pelters not the modern world of space shuttles! The religious books are just the ancient way of telling people what is wrong in the olden barbaric age. The civilized world doesn't need a book, now how many of you drive your car with a driving manual? once you have learned to drive you don't need a manual. Now get back to gardening!

    August 28, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jibril

      I announce a fatwa on this gardening guy – off with his head

      August 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. luis

    Not all muslims are terrorists lmao

    August 28, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Alan

    Ever since she divorced Sonny, Sher has sucked. Obviously she can't sing any more.

    August 28, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Seamus Wardowski

    I guess this is a good confirmation that this guy may have been dangerous, but he and his brethren are unbelievably stupid.
    So we have that going for us...

    August 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. geno

    lmao! the world keeps getting weirder and weirder...did he win???

    August 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. geno

    omg! just watched the video. lol! i bet the rest of the boys in the jihad had a field day with this! Can't sing, but one helluva dancer, and he sure has the looks to be an idol. "I'll give the western world 1 more chance, but if i don't win...I'LL KILL THEM ALL!!!!!"

    August 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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