EDITORIAL – Kinetic singer Cameron Whitcomb is our new Kamloops Idol

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

KAMLOOPS HAS A NEW CELEBRITY and his name is Cameron Whitcomb.

The 18-year-old Harley-riding Trans Mountain pipeline worker made it all the way to the top 20 on ABC’s American Idol before bowing out this week. In my books, he should easily have advanced to the final group of contestants and even won the whole thing.

If Canadians had been allowed to take part in the show’s voting process, the outcome might have been different but the fact the judges and American viewers took to him in such a big way speaks volumes.

In the process, he brought a tremendous amount of positive publicity for Kamloops as media all over the province and from the rest of Canada and into the U.S. followed his progress.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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