With Seven’s ratings already struggling in the first week of ratings, here’s a question without notice: Should Seven revive Australian Idol?
Industry sources tell TV Tonight the network has the option on the show -and has had for a year.
Australian Idol screened on 10 from 2003 – 2009 and made stars of Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Jessica Mauboy, Casey Donovan, Anthony Callea, Rob Mills, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Paulini, Matt Corby, Stan Walker, Em Rusciano, Dean Geyer, Wes Carr, Casey Barnes and more…
By comparison The Voice is yet to create a household name.
The format also allowed viewers to connect with acts and watch them grow with judges remaining independent instead of taking sides as The Voice and X Factor do. It culminated in event television grand finals at the Opera House – we all remember how Guy Sebastian v Shannon Noll stopped the nation.
Sentiment for the series remains strong. Yesterday Carrie Bickmore & Tommy Little hosted a ReunIdol party on their H!T Network radio show with James Mathison, Shannon Noll, Rob Mills, Cosima DeVito & Axle Whitehead (including a reprisal of “Rise Up”).
American Idol also ended its run in 2016 on FOX, but within two years it was revived once more on ABC. The Australian edition has also never been on air in an age of social media…
Seven has confirmed Australia’s Got Talent from Fremantle is back in a “Champions v Challengers” season, which invariably will feature several singers. It is also reviving Farmer Wants a Wife, Big Brother and Wife Swap.
But reviving the show will not come cheap and Seven is under huge pressure with its company share hitting record lows.
Would Australian Idol help them get back on track?