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|| Australian Idol 3: 2005

Australian Idol

|| Show Info- About Australian Idol

Australian Idol is the latest search for a musical superstar. Australian Idol is a 17-week reality program which seeks to find Australia's next singing star. Over 50,000 people had auditioned for the program during the recent auditions in capital cities. Australian Idol 2 follows the landslide success of the first series in Australia. Last year's nationwide search for a solo superstar launched the career of Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Paulini, Rob Mills, Courtney Act and others and the finale was the highest-rated show, other than a sporting event, on Australian TV with 3.5 million viewers.

From Germany, USA, Poland, Canada and the UK, the Idol format has been screen in over a dozen countries worldwide. Network Ten aspires to repeat this international success and the success of last year with the launch the second series of Australian Idol in 2004.

Australian Idol

While Australian's are no stranger to popular reality doco-soap Popstars, with four series having been screened on Channel Seven, Australian Idol program differs by allowing viewers the chance to decide who will receive a record deal and contracts with BMG based on live weekly shows and a national phone vote similar to Big Brother evictions. Despite the previous success of Popstars, Network Ten is convinced that the Idol phenomenon is a winning formula, "The key difference is that Australian Idol is predominantly studio-based, it's predominantly live and it's 100 percent about talent."

Judges Marcia Hines, BMG marketing general manager Ian Dickson and music producer Mark Holden are responsible for choosing the 30 finalists from a field of around 100 of the best from the national auditions, before Australians vote for their favourite contestant in a series of rounds.

The 30 finalists will be narrowed to 10 as the show progresses. These 10 contestants will each perform various songs live to a national audience each week. The group may also perform a song together which is not judged. Contestants compete for the major prize with viewers determining the winner through telephone voting and possibly through other media such as- SMS and Internet voting. The three Judges also play a part in determining the winner in each round. The finalist with the least votes is eliminated each week until two contestants are left. The final contestant left standing will be crown the Australian Idol and will receive a recording contract with BMG.

|| Australian Idol 2- In Brief

TV Network: Network Ten for 17 weeks

Production Company: Fremantle Media subsidiary Grundy Television in association with UK company 19TV

Second series Premieres: Tuesday July 13 and Wednesday 14 2004 from 7.30pm.

Time: Weekly on Sundays/Mondays from 7:30pm.

Hosts: Channel V personalities Andrew G and James Mathison will host the series as well as Australian Idol Extra which will be screen exclusively on Channel V. This program screens extra footage from the making of the series and debuts in August.

Prize: The series winner will receive a record deal and contracts with BMG.

Judges: The judging panel consist of singer Marcia Hines, former singer and now writer and producer Mark Holden and record label BMG representative Ian Dickson.

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|| Australian Idol 2- Official Show Info

Fifty thousand down to one. That is the incredible challenge facing the Australian Idol team, and the Australian public, this year. After the runaway success of the first series of Australian Idol, fifty thousand people turned out to audition.
This year the Australian Idol net was cast further afield. In addition to the search for undiscovered talent in the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, the Australian Idol road train also pulled into Canberra, Tamworth, Darwin and Hobart.

Returning this year to lend their industry experience are our judges Marcia Hines, Mark Holden and Ian Dickson. They have had the daunting task of whittling down the thousands upon thousands of people who auditioned to one hundred and seventeen people - the cream of the crop from around Australia – and from there trimming that number down again to the top thirty.

The judges have had their say and soon it will be the turn of the Australian public. The top thirty will be divided into three groups of ten and, over three exciting weeks, will perform a song to showcase their talent, starting Sunday August 8. The judges will give their feedback but this time it will be you who decides who goes through to the finals. Three contestants from each group will go through to the finals and this will be revealed in a nail-biting show the following night.

For those contestants that don’t make it through - and this includes anyone in the top one hundred and seventeen - their Australian Idol journey won’t necessarily be over yet. Ten of them will be selected for a second chance to make it through to the finals, by performing in the Wild Card show. Three contestants will make it through this round, giving Australia their twelve Idol finalists.

And then we reach the “business end” of the competition with the Australian Idol crown tantalisingly in sight for our twelve finalists. Each week, in front of a studio audience filled with screaming fans, they will sing a song, often based around a particular theme. You will remember last year that some of the themes included Big Band, Australian Made and the Eighties. This allows the contestants to demonstrate their vocal range and versatility. Again you will be called upon to vote and the contestant with the lowest votes will be eliminated each week, until only two remain.

With the excitement, drama and almost unbearable tension still resonating from last year’s final, a new Australian Idol will then be anointed in spectacular fashion at the Sydney Opera House. Utilising your final opportunity to vote, you will play a crucial role in selecting Australia’s newest Idol.

With us, every step of the way, will be our hosts, Andrew G and James Mathison and taking us behind the scenes on this most thrilling of adventures will be Leah McLeod on Inside Idol.