The Seven Network had a surprise reveal at the end of its 2021 Upfront event – programming chief Angus Ross announced that it will be the home of Australian Idol in 2022.
The biggest show in the world and famous for unearthing top-selling music artists, Australian Idol will return to Australian screens after 12 years as part of Seven’s 2022 prime time line-up.
Broadcast in over 150 countries and with 55 adaptations in local markets, Idol is the most widely watched television franchise in the world, with a global audience of over three billion viewers.
Its place in Seven’s 2022 line-up further demonstrates Seven’s commitment to broadcasting and growing the biggest shows and the biggest stars.
Angus Ross, Seven’s director of programming, said: “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. We can’t wait to bring Idol back to Australian audiences in 2022, putting our primetime 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!”
Fremantle Asia Pacific chief executive officer Chris Oliver-Taylor said: “Idol is renowned for launching global music artists. That’s what we’ve done here in Australia and across the world. We can’t wait to break the next superstar Idols on Seven in 2022.”
Australian Idol launched the careers of stellar Aussie artists including Guy Sebastian; Jessica Mauboy; Ricki-Lee; Shannon Noll; Casey Donovan; Anthony Callea; Matt Corby; Rob Mills; Wes Carr; Stan Walker; Paulini and Damien Leith.
Australian Idol is a Fremantle and Eureka co-production for the Seven Network and will premiere across the screens of Seven in 2022.