'Australian Idol' Is Back as the Talent Show Is Set to Return in 2022 after a 12-Year Break

Busayo Ogunjimi
Oct 24, 2020
05:40 P.M.
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After 12 years off the screen, "Australian Idol" has been announced to return to the television screens in 2022, and viewers can not contain their excitement.


Channel 7 confirmed that it would be taking over the reins from the previous broadcaster, Network 10, to bring "Australian Idol" back to the screen in 2022 after more than 12 years hiatus.

Since the announcement was made by Channel 7's director of programming, Angus Ross, viewers have been excited about the show's return, which is renowned for launching global music artists in Australia.

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The first season of the show premiered in 2003 and was won by Guy Sebastian, with Shannon Noll taking out second place. Other Australian singers like Casey Donovan, Anthony Callea, Matt Corby, Ricki-Lee Coulter, and Wes Carr all rose to fame from the show.

There are currently no details of who will host the 2022 edition of the show or when the show will air in 2022. The announcement was made on Channel 7's official Twitter page along with the caption;

"ANNOUNCING: The world's biggest show is back. ? Australian Idol is coming to Seven."


One fan commended the network's creativity for bringing back the show, while another fan noted that she could not wait to see the famous show return to the screen. Some fans are reportedly questioning Channel 7's decision to have three singing-based TV talent shows —  "The Voice," "Australian Idol," and "Australia's Got Talent" — on their roster.

Some of the Australian music industry's biggest names were contestants of the first edition of the show.


Some fans believe that the similarity of the shows would affect their popularity as viewers are getting similar experiences from the shows despite the change of names.

"Australian Idol" suddenly came to a halt in 2009 following a decline in viewership in the show hosted by Channel Ten. The show was unable to meet the usual one million viewership benchmark, which was deemed unacceptable by the network.


Channel Ten reportedly blamed the drop in viewership on a change in the show's time slot, while critics of the show blamed the drop on the poor performances of the contestants.

Some of the Australian music industry's biggest names were contestants of the first edition of the show when it first premiered back in 2003. A recent post revealed the current state of some of the first participants of the show 17 years after they made their debut on the hit show.


Guy Sebastian, the winner of the first edition, has gone on to do well for himself. He became the first Australian male artist to have ever achieved six #1 singles and two #1 albums in ARIA chart history, receiving more than 30 Platinum singles sales.

43-year-old Cosima De Vito was touted as the favorite to win the first season but ended up in the top three. Cosima has gone on to create her record and produced some successful songs.

Another successful participant in the debut season of "Australian Idol" was Paulini Curuenavuli. She has gone on to forge a remarkable career for herself in the music industry. Following the recent announcement of the show's return, fans of the show will be speculating on who the next superstar would be.