WARNING AND SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this posting unless you want to learn or already know the identity of the second season winner of Bathroom Divas.
The end of the last episode left us with Phil, Paul, and Elaine awaiting their fate after having sung for judges Mary Lou Fallis, Liz Upchurch, Daniel Lichti, and Tom Diamond along with guest judges Catherine Robbin and Yves Abel.
The season finale, rather than picking up from this point, started with a review of the entire 2nd season to date.
We then saw Phillip Holmes at home in Shawville, Quebec--singing on a landscaping job while operating a bulldozer, teaching a young piano student, and singing around the campfire with his buddies.
Visiting Elaine in Calgary, we find that her singing was often sidelined in an earlier unhappy marriage and only recently did she return to operatic singing. Celebrated Calgary voice teacher Elaine Higgin Case made a cameo appearance talking about Elaine's progress.
Next, Paul sings while doing his job as a crane operator on a construction site. At the Hamilton Conservatory Paul has a lesson with Roland Fix, who comments on his progress. We also see him at home with his family in Hamilton.
Back to the final vote-off...
Phil was eliminated, leaving only Paul and Elaine left.
Elaine Hefferton Brown was then announced as the winner of the second season of Bathroom Divas.
Returning to Toronto, Elaine continues her coaching (and stays alone at the house this time) with Mary Lou and Liz, working on "Io son l'umile ancella" from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur. For her final coaching, she works with Tom Diamond at the Royal Conservatory (with Nicole Bellamy at the piano), later joined by Liz Upchurch.
In Vancouver, Elaine rehearses with Bramwell Tovey prior to her rehearsal with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the Orpheum Theatre. Before going out for her performance, she is joined by the four judges for a few last words. At last, finally, we see an entire aria on the show, beautifully filmed with shots of the judges, VSO players, and the other 5 singers, flown out for the occasion. This final performance was probably the highlight of the first two years of the show for me. After documentary-style footage for nearly the entire series, it was refreshing to hear Elaine's "Io son l'humile ancella" in its entirety.