Australian Idol is coming back again for a second revival season in 2024.
The singing reality TV show first hit the air way back in 2003 and saw Guy Sebastian pip Shannon Noll to become Australia’s first Idol.
Australia Idol was shelved in 2009 after series seven but was revived in 2023 with Harry Connick Jr., Meghan Trainor, Amy Shark and Kyle Sandilands as judges.
The returning season saw Royston Sagigi-Baira take out the Idol title, and 15-year-old Phoebe Stewart come runner-up.
This year, both Amy and Kyle will return as judges, and they’ll be joined by OG judge Marcia Hines. In the trailer, Amy said the trio are looking for “a singer with the sound and style to woo the nation.”
Instead of searching for 50 finalists, there will only be thirty golden tickets available.
“The 30 who make it into that group have got to work harder to get there, and have to impress our judges to get that golden ticket,” Seven’s head of entertainment, Majella Hay said in an interview with Chattr ahead of the show’s premiere.
Here’s everything you need to know about Australian Idol 2024.
Is there a trailer?
There is! You can watch a compilation of feel-good moments that make up the trailer below.
Who are the judges?
Returnee judges Kyle Sandilands and Amy Shark will be back on the panel, and they’ll be joined by Marcia Hines who was a judge on the original iteration of the show from 2003-2009.
“I consider Kyle a good friend and Amy is one-in-a-million and a real individual, without trying to be. Also, Kyle’s a Gemini, Amy’s a Taurus, and I’m the Cancerian in the mix and those three-star signs get along very nicely,” Marcia said of her return.
Meanwhile, Kyle said that he’s looking for someone with star quality.
“The ultimate performer is someone that you admire for their talent, and they’ve got a little swagger or a pizzazz about them that just makes them stand out from the crowd,” he said.
And, Amy is after the same thing as Kyle.
“I’m usually blown away if someone can potentially showcase their personality, voice, style and direction in the space of 10 minutes and leave me wanting more. If I want to learn more about you, I’m interested.”
Who are the hosts?
Ricki Lee Coulter, who came seven on the second season of Australian Idol back in 2009, will be one of the hosts. Coulter hosted the show in 2008 and 2009, and returned again last year for the reboot.
She’ll be joined by Scott Tweedie, who was also a host in 2023.
What careers has Australia Idol launched?
The show is famously known for kicking off both winner Guy Sebastian and runner-up Shannon Noll’s careers in season one. It’s also launched Jessica Mauboy, Matt Corby, Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Stan Walker, Casey Donovan and Courtney Act into stardom.
Australian Idol premieres on Monday, 29 January 2024 on Channel 7 and 7plus.