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A shake up happening on Australian Idol 2024: Here’s everything you need to know

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The place where many of pop stars have started, Australian Idol is returning to screens in 2024 to create a whole new generation of stars.

Since the franchise’s creation in 2001, it has launched the career of both global and international singers including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert.

Meet the Aus Idol 2024 judges.

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It has launched the careers of homegrown stars Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll who featured on the show 20 years ago in 2003 which finished with one of the most controversial finales ever.

Australian Idol will be making a massive return on Monday January 29, 2024, on Seven and 7Plus with a whole new line up of hopeful musicians.

Returning to judge the reality singing competition is radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands and TV WEEK Logie Award winner Amy Shark.

However, there is a fresh face among the judging panel, Australian Idol OG and pop legend Marcia Hines.

Ricki-Lee Coulter and Scott Tweedie are returning.

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From 2003 to 2009, Marcia featured as a judge on Australia Idol, which her 2006 album, Discotheque reaching number six on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) charts.

The judges are travelling around the country on the hunt for the “complete package” the next singing star with the “sound and style to woo the nation.”

During the 2023 season, the judging panel also included Meghan Trainor and Harry Connick Jr.

Australian Idol 2024 will see pop star Rickie-Lee and Scott Tweedie return as hosts, guiding the hopefuls to make their dreams come true.

Australian Idol’s world-first format change

A week prior to Australian Idol’s premiere, the network confirmed it would be slightly tweaking the structure in a world-first.

The famed and highly-desired ‘Golden Tickets’ are an opportunity for the auditionee to automatically be place among the top – provided three of the four judges said ‘yes’. In the 2023 season, there were 50 ‘Golden Tickets’ to hand out, however, in 2024 it has been significantly cut to 30.

Rather than raw audition acts proceeding directly to the next round, the auditionees will have to stand once more in front of the judges to discover who has earned the ‘Golden Ticket’, and in some cases perform again.

“The good thing is you get to see all of the good artists once more. I think it’s really important for character development,” Seven’s Head of Scheduling Brook Hall told TV Tonight. “We’re not bastardising the format by any means. I think it’s just a way of updating it, because largely the format had not changed in 25 years.”

“Fremantle, and Syco which controls the format, have had to be cross it. We’re not trying to do a silly trick.”

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