Wait and see approach on Australian Idol
Seven is waiting for Australia to fully re-open before settling on Idol 2022 plans.
With Seven having two editions of The Voice in 2022, where does it sit with Australian Idol?
In June Seven stated that whilst plans for the show had halted due to COVID restrictions, it was still committed to a show in 2022.
Andrew Backwell, Seven’s Head of Production, has now given an update to Mediaweek.
“You can see that there is an appetite for this type of genre. Idol is a fantastic format. We were going to go into production, but obviously, Covid stopped us from producing Idol. There are hundreds of hundreds of people that line up outside the venue for the chance to audition and it’s done live shows in front of an audience of 1000 people. You can’t produce that type of show during Covid,” he said.
“The Voice we were able to get away with it, and we had a full audience there that just fell into that patch where things were open, now it would have been much harder. But it’s one of the shows you could achieve in this current environment and Idol wasn’t.
“So what we’re going to wait to see is when Australia opens up, how it opens up, and then we’ll work up what we’re going to do with Idol after that.”