According to Ricki-Lee’s socials, the Sydney auditions took place at the SCG, after the judges made a grand entrance at Allianz Stadium next door.
Twenty years after Guy Sebastian pipped Shannon Noll to become Australia’s first Idol, the international star-making sensation returns to Seven for a second big season. Radio king Kyle Sandilands and TV WEEK Logie Award winner and acclaimed singer Amy Shark will be joined by a new judge: Australian Idol OG and pop legend Marcia Hines. The trio will traverse the country to find the next Guy, Casey or Royston. Hosts Ricki-Lee and Scott Tweedie are back to help create an Idol dream. Australian Idol is produced by Eureka Productions for the Seven Network.
Royston? Ha! Haven’t seen the guy since finale night. Definitely not Idol alumni.
I agree. No idea what management see in him. Surely better options out there that won’t attract his, I assume excessive fee.
Kyle’s appeal is quite simple really. Look at the amount of chatter there’s been on here about him. No other judge gets as much feedback (whether it be positive or negative) than him. The fact that he’s so polarising is what makes him the highest paid media personality in the country. He’s no different to the classic heel role in wrestling. The more people talk about him (i.e.: you two) the more he becomes known.
I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but surely as people interested in the media you can at least understand why Kyle works, right?
Ricki-Lee is away from her radio show Wednesday to Friday this week to record the next round of Australian Idol. Then that’s it for this year. She mentioned that there’s a format change for these episodes being currently recorded.
There will only be a top 30 for the next season.
At first it sounds like a cost cutting exercise i.e. less people coming gto auditions so only having a top 30. Hopefully it as the article states though, Top 30 makes it harder to get a ticket at audition. It means the judges will be more critical and fight to get people through more.
Quote from the article
“Earlier this year, Idol increased its audience year on year in its timeslot, reaching 8.32 million viewers nationally on broadcast”
Honest question - can this really be true? So almost a third of Australians watched it?!
“Reach” means watched at least 5 minutes of the show.
Thank you for the reply - I question even that TBH. It reeks of desperation.
So will they stick with the live element or scrap that as well - this is Channel 7 after all.
First promo aired tonight during Mushroom 50 Live, showing some auditionees beginning their journey. The background song is Sweet Disposition.
Confirms the new season will start in January 2024.
Returns Monday 29 Jan 2024.
The promo uploaded to Facebook has the air date.
I’m not really interested in watching it, but I thought that was a good promo when I saw it for the first time.
So much better than that last Voice promo. Surprised they’re putting it back head-to-head against MAFS though.
I mean, hasn’t Seven learnt its lesson? It all started when Nine acquired the Australian Open rights for 2019 (though their association was meant to start in 2020, it was brought forward when Seven acquired the cricket rights).
Every show Seven has pitted against that Nine juggernaut has crashed and burnt, and in some cases shafted channels to 7flix.