6:30pm Sundays is hotting up as a battlefield with TEN signalling it will take on Dancing with the Stars from August 9th.
The reality juggernaut returns with its first audition in a 130 minute edition -the only episode to air all week. Previously TEN has compressed auditions into a single week. It is cleverly finishing at 8:40pm to undermine Rescue: Special Ops.
Mumbrella website has reported that stripped episodes begin in its third week as the show moves into the final 100 contestants. The next week will be back to just Sunday, as a wildcard round, before entering the finals stage on Sunday, September 6, featuring the last 12.
Scheduling the show at 6:30pm Sunday will thwart Seven’s hopes to avoid a head to head clash with Dancing with the Stars. If it stays for the duration of the series (and it probably will) it allows Rove to stay put as well.
This year Idol has also eliminated its Monday nights, preferring to kick off Sundays with an elimination. Talk about drama!