Australian Idol is BACK: Channel Seven confirms the talent show will return in 2022
Australian Idol is returning to television after 12 years as part of Channel Seven’s 2022 prime time line-up.
The talent show is famous for discovering a string top-selling artists, including Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Casey Donovan, Matt Corby and Ricki-Lee Coulter.
Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Programming, said: ‘Idol is the granddaddy of them all! The biggest show in the world comes to Seven in 2022, and we know Australians are going to love it. We can’t wait to bring Idol back to Australian audiences in 2022, putting our prime time content line-up even further ahead of the competition.’
‘We’re home to the biggest franchises in television at Seven, and Idol is the biggest of them all. Bring on 2022!’ Mr Ross added.
Fremantle Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Chris Oliver-Taylor said: ‘Idol is renowned for launching global music artists. That’s what we’ve done here in Australia and across the world. We can’t wait to break the next superstar Idols on Seven in 2022.’
Australian Idol is a Fremantle and Eureka co-production for the Seven Network and will premiere across the screens of Seven in 2022.
Based on the global Pop Idol format – the most-watched TV franchise in history – Australian Idol aired from 2003 to 2009 on Channel 10.
It was hosted by Osher Günsberg and James Mathison from 2003 to 2007, before former contestant Ricki-Lee Coulter joined them in 2008.
The following year, James left the show and it was hosted by Osher and Ricki-Lee.
Many TV insiders had predicted an Idol revival on Seven as the network had already revived Big Brother and The Farmer Wants a Wife in 2020.