Marcia Hines to return to Australian Idol in 2023

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Hines will come back as a guest judge after being an original judge on the series from 2003 to 2009

Former Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines will join Australian Idol as a guest judge when the series premieres on Channel Seven and 7plus in 2023.

The singer was an original judge on the star-making series from 2003 to 2009 and will return once more to lend her expertise as the nation searches for its next singing sensation.

“I feel honoured to have been asked to come back. Australian Idol is a great vehicle for uncovering some fantastic Australian talent. What a ride!” said Hines ahead of her return to the series.

Hines says nervous contestants should just be themselves and let their talent shine: “I know it’s not an easy task singing in front of strangers, but I hope that contestants show us their heart and the gift that is their voice.”

With a career spanning five decades, Hines has released 22 albums and sold 2.6 million copies, garnering countless chart-topping singles and multi-platinum records globally. Additionally, Hines was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007.

The judging panel includes celebrated American Idol judge, musician, singer, composer and multiple Grammy® award-winning Harry Connick Jr; Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor; top-rating broadcaster Kyle Sandilands; and eight-time ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Shark.

See also: First look: Australian Idol judges revealed

A global success since 2001, the Idol franchise has launched the careers of many multi-award-winning artists including Aussies Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Matt Corby, Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Stan Walker, Casey Donovan and Courtney Act.

International music icons Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert also launched their careers on the Idol stage.

The series will be hosted by multi-platinum-selling, ARIA Award-nominated singer-songwriter Ricki-Lee – who was discovered on Australian Idol in 2004 – and internationally renowned entertainment presenter and former E! host Scott Tweedie.

Australian Idol Coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2023

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