Simon Fuller, creator of "Pop Idol," says he is planning to make the hit TV show into an Olympics-like global competition. "The working title of the show is 'World Idol,' and we'll have the ['Pop Idol

Simon Fuller, creator of "Pop Idol," says he is planning to make the hit TV show into an Olympics-like global competition. "The working title of the show is 'World Idol,' and we'll have the ['Pop Idol'] winners from different countries around the world competing against each other," Fuller tells Billboard for its Aug. 3 issue. "My intention is that the whole world will vote, and we'll work the voting system so that the population of the country will be fair and proportional to the votes the contestants receive."

The "Pop Idol" franchise, which began in the U.K., has yielded hit TV shows in the U.S., Poland, and South Africa. The show will expand to Germany and France by year's end, says Fuller. The U.S. version, "American Idol," is the Fox network's top-rated new TV series so far this year. The winner of "American Idol" will receive a deal with RCA, which plans to release a single within three weeks of the Sept. 4 season finale.

"Pop Idol" contestants have ruled the U.K. charts in recent months. Eighteen-year-old Gareth Gates' "Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)" (S/BMG) is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for a second week, while show winner Will Young has scored two No. 1 hits, including a cover of the Doors' "Light My Fire."