Fox Slates Worldwide 'Idol' Competition
Winners of "Idol" pop music contests around the world will take part in a two-part competition. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19TV, "World Idol" will air Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on the Fox nWinners of "Idol" pop music contests around the world will take part in a two-part competition. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19TV, "World Idol" will air Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on the Fox network in the U.S. The winners of 11 competitions will perform before an international panel of judges.
First season "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson will represent the U.S. Others participating will be the U.K.'s Will Young, South Africa's Heinz Winckler, Poland's Alicja Janosz, the Netherlands' Jamai Loman, Germany's Alexander Klaws, Norway's Kurt Nilsen, Lebanon's Diana Karazon, Belgium's Peter Evrard, Canada's Ryan Malcolm and Australia's TBD.
Viewers from around the world will be able to vote for their favorite performers at the conclusion of the two-hour Dec. 25 show. The winner will be crowned on the one-hour Jan. 1 event.
"When I dreamt up the idea of 'Pop Idol,' I always saw it is a global concept," 19 Group of Companies founder and "Idol" creator Simon Fuller says. "The last two years have been fantastic and it is incredibly satisfying to see a British TV idea being so successful on a global stage." The "Idol" brand is currently active in more than 20 countries.
In the U.S., "American Idol" will launch its third competition in January. Following her 2002 win on the inaugural season, Clarkson's debut album, "Thankful" (RCA), debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Second-season winner Ruben Studdard will release his debut, "Soulful," Dec. 9 through J Records.
U.S. runners-up have also found success. Justin Guarini, who lost to Clarkson, released a self-titled album through RCA in June. Clay Aiken, who lost in a close vote to Studdard, saw his debut, "Measure of a Man," open at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last month. His set has sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan and is No. 8 on the album chart this week.