Channel Seven’s Australian Idol reboot is searching for singing talent


Channel Seven’s Australian Idol reboot is seeking singing talent to join the ‘most iconic search for a superstar’ – and here’s how you can apply

Australian Idol is returning to television screens in 2023, 14 years after it last aired.

And Channel Seven has announced that it is now on the hunt to find singing talent to showcase on the competition when it airs on Seven and 7plus next year. 

‘The most iconic nationwide search for a superstar is back!’ the network announced on Sunday. 

Australian Idol is returning to television screens, 14 years after it last aired. Channel Seven has announced that it is now on the hunt to find singing talent to showcase on the competition. Pictured: Former judges Ian 'Dicko' Dickson, Marcia Hines and Mark Holden

Australian Idol is returning to television screens, 14 years after it last aired. Channel Seven has announced that it is now on the hunt to find singing talent to showcase on the competition. Pictured: Former judges Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, Marcia Hines and Mark Holden

Applications are open at an official casting site, with hopefuls ‘from anywhere in Australia’ aged between 15 and 28 invited to showcase their talents. 

Singers are asked to upload a video or sing face-to-face with an Australian Idol producer for a chance to proceed to the judges’ audition round of the competition.

The talent show is famous for discovering a string of top-selling artists and spawning chart-topping hit singles. 

Applications are open at an official casting site, with hopefuls 'from anywhere in Australia' aged between 15 and 28 invited to showcase their talents. Pictured: Rob Mills on Australian Idol in 2003

Applications are open at an official casting site, with hopefuls ‘from anywhere in Australia’ aged between 15 and 28 invited to showcase their talents. Pictured: Rob Mills on Australian Idol in 2003

‘You could be joining the ranks of superstar Aussies Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Matt Corby, Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Stan Walker, Casey Donovan and Courtney Act, and international icons Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and more, all of whom launched their brilliant careers on the Idol stage’ the network said. 

Seven announced plans for an Idol reboot back in 2020 – at the time, the network slated the show for 2022, but it is now going ahead in 2023 instead. 

Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Programming, said at the time: ‘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.

The talent show is famous for discovering a string of top-selling artists, including Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Ricki-Lee Coulter. Pictured: Season one winner Guy Sebastian performing in Sydney in 2003

The talent show is famous for discovering a string of top-selling artists, including Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Ricki-Lee Coulter. Pictured: Season one winner Guy Sebastian performing in Sydney in 2003

‘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!’ Ross added.

Based on the global Pop Idol format – the most-watched TV franchise in history – Australian Idol aired from 2003 to 2009 on Channel 10. 

Seven announced plans for an Idol reboot back in 2020. Angus Ross, Seven's Director of Programming, said at the time: 'Idol is the granddaddy of them all and we know Australians are going to love it'

Seven announced plans for an Idol reboot back in 2020. Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Programming, said at the time: ‘Idol is the granddaddy of them all and we know Australians are going to love it’

Channel 10 had originally bought rights to the Idol franchise for $15million in 2003.

The first season was a ratings bonanza and attracted more viewers than major events such as the AFL Grand Final.

Unlike other singing shows, Australian Idol has a track record for making bona fide stars, the most notable being its inaugural winner, Guy Sebastian.

Unlike other singing shows, Australian Idol has a track record for making bona fide stars, the most notable being its inaugural winner, Guy Sebastian

Unlike other singing shows, Australian Idol has a track record for making bona fide stars, the most notable being its inaugural winner, Guy Sebastian

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