News TV

Touchdown! An original judge is returning to Australian Idol and we have the air date

Who is it?!

Australian Idol is returning in 2024 for its second revamped season, and one of the show’s original judges will be heading out the panel.

Marcia Hines, who was a judge on Australian Idol from 2003-2009 will be reprising her role in 2024. While Hines was a guest judge in last year’s reboot of the series, she will be a permanent fixture on the upcoming season.

Alongside Marcia will be returnee judges Amy Shark and Kyle Sandilands, both of whom were Australian Idol judges last season.

The new season will premiere on Monday, 29 January 2024 on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Who is hosting Australian Idol 2024?

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.

Australian Idol host
Australian Idol. Seven.

What careers did Australian Idol launch?

Perhaps the most recognisable names from the Australian Idol franchise are Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll, who came first and second respectively on season one.

Anthony Calea, Jess Mauboy and Matt Corby were all runners-up on the original format of Australian Idol before the show’s hiatus in 2009.

This year, Royston Sagigi-Baira took out the singing competition and he scored a record contract with Sony.

Australian Idol contestants
Australian Idol. Seven.

What does the winner of Australian Idol get?

The winner of Australian Idol 2024 will receive $100,000 prize money as well as a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

How is the upcoming season different?

During an interview with Mediaweek, Seven’s head of entertainment, Majella Hay, revealed that Australian Idol 2024 will have. top 30 instead of a top 50.

“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,” she said.

“Because of our new format, we can slightly shorten the audition run of getting the people through the door to see who has the potential to be an idol.

“There will be people who viewers will love from the get-go in the top 30, and they will follow just those 30 voices as they start their journey to become an Australian Idol.”

Australian Idol premieres on Monday, 29 January 2024 on Channel 7 and 7plus..

Want to CHATTR with us? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more entertainment news.