Singapore is the latest country to get a local version of the "Idol" TV contest franchise. "Singapore Idol" will premiere on MediaCorp TV Channel 5 on an undetermined date this year.

Singapore is the latest country to get a local version of the "Idol" TV contest franchise. "Singapore Idol" will premiere on MediaCorp TV Channel 5 on an undetermined date this year.

MediaCorp previously aired both seasons of "American Idol" to hit ratings in Singapore: According to the network, the second-season finale drew 1 million viewers.

The "Idol" format was created by London-based entrepreneur/manager Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment.

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