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Countries that have their own versions of an Idol series. Countries that film their own versions are in blue, while those that take part in a series with other countries are in green

The British talent search television series Pop Idol has spawned spin-offs in 42 territories, in what is now referred to as the "Idols" format, as described by FremantleMedia.[1] As part of an out-of-court settlement between the Pop Idol producers and the creators of Popstars, international sales contracts of the format contain a clause preventing the local broadcaster from using the word pop in the local title. The Idol television series was created by Simon Fuller and is managed by 19 Entertainment, a CKX, Inc. company.

Contents

Format

Hosts

Each show has at least one host that directs the show, introduces the singers and delivers the results of the show. While some countries have one host, most shows have two co-hosts. As well as judges, some countries have adopted new members to the hosting/jury party.

Judges/Jury

A preselected panel of music industry representatives tour some, if not all audition cities (depending on which show) to observe and advance those auditioning throughout the show up to and including the Grand Finale. The judges offer critiques and/or advice after each contestant performance, which can be positive or negative; Nouvelle Star 4 for the first time in any country introduced a red and blue "score card" type system where the jury award a blue "positive" or red "negative" rating.

As many as 5 stable jury members have appeared in any one Idol season (Idol Poland 3), though some versions offer "guest judges" or special musical guests on the program to also offer advice.

The judges of some shows gain a lot of popularity outside of the show as well as the contestants, due to them being collectively known to have a "caustic" or raw & blunt attitude towards contestants' performances, notably Simon Cowell, Kuba Wojewódzki, Dieter Bohlen, Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Paul Moss, Zack Werner, & Anu Malik amongst others.

Performance stages

Auditions are held in numerous places in any particular region or country that gives most people (audition entry is bound by certain legal requirements such as age and citizenship for example) the chance to sing in front of musical/television producers and if successful, they advance to a recorded televised audition where the show "judges" advance up to 300 people in some countries to the next round.

The Theatre round is where a specially selected group of auditioners from all regional auditions converge (always in the host city) to perform in three sub stages: a chorus line in groups of 10 where free song choices are allowed, a trio (or less commonly a duo or quartet) where contestants must memorize a preselected song to perform and choreograph together, and finally a solo A cappella round where contestants sing a song of their own choice without musical backing in front of friends, family, judges & fellow contestants.

Each stage of the theatre round, a number of contestants are eliminated and sent home by the judges, though in some countries there have been very few contestants brought back during the Wildcards show or by the disqualification or resignation of another contestant.

The Semi final occurs usually live or pre-recorded (in some countries) where contestants sing in a television studio fully televised; again judges give critiques but beginning at this stage, home viewers vote via telephone and SMS (and in some countries other voting mechanisms including via Internet or via Red Button) who they want to stay in the competition. During the "semi final" week, contestants receive a workshop tuition with a vocal coach to prepare their song of choice. The format started out with contestants only singing along to a piano, though other instruments & even a live band have been introduced to some versions.

An average semi final usually consists of 18 to 50 contestants where they either perform in an even group of contestants (three groups of ten for example) or in a "heat" type semi final where the contestants sing every week until all finalists have been chosen. During the format, a Wildcards feature was introduced which re-introduced past semi finalists to receive a second chance to become a finalist, in some shows - the judges sometimes pick one or more contestants to advance as well as the viewers' vote. As of late, live audiences have been incorporated into the semi final round.

A results show of the semi final usually airs either a few hours after the performance show or the night after where the results are given. Three or four contestants are told that they may have received highest votes, though only a selected two or three are put through to the finals.

The Live shows (aka Mottoshows, Spectacular shows or theme shows) are an elaborate and spectacular version of the semi final. There is a weekly theme on which contestants must base their song choices, such as "80s Hits" or "Hits Of Elton John" for example. In a bid to counter sagging ratings, contestants on Australian Idol were allowed to bring instruments on stage with them and had the opportunity to sing original material from the 2006 season, a world first.Since then America and Canada have followed Australia's lead. Again a results show follows the show; this time it may include group performances, musical guests or extra footage of the contestants' time on the show. The contestant/s with the lowest polled votes leaves the competition. The live shows continue until there are only two contestants left in the competition or three contestants in some cases.

The Grand Finale occurs when there are two (or, rarely, three and only once so far four) contestants left in the competition. This is the pinnacle of the entire series and often highest rated show; also for some countries, it is venued in a prestigious location (American Idol: Nokia Theatre, Australian Idol: Sydney Opera House, Philippine Idol: Araneta Coliseum, Idol Sweden: Ericsson Globe Singapore Idol: Singapore Indoor Stadium). In this show a specially awarded song is sung by both remaining contestants which is ultimately slated to be released as the winner's debut single though recently in some countries this has been phased out.

During the extended results show there are usually group performances and/or special musical guests, up until the eponymous announcement of the winner of the series which is followed by an encore of the winner's single which sometimes includes pyrotechnics/fireworks.

While the show's premise is to find one winner with promises of a recording deal and other frugal benefits, the Idol series often has several contestants who go onto the same route of fame, whether they be finalists, semi-finalists, or even auditioners. Key examples of this from American Idol include Clay Aiken (second place, season 2) & Chris Daughtry (fourth place, season 5, thru his band Daughtry), who have each outsold all American Idol winners except Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood; Jennifer Hudson (seventh place, season 3), who would later win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; and William Hung, who turned his off-key season-3 audition into a recording career and has outsold some finalists.

Releases

Often, a studio compilation album and/or a CD single is made to promote the show. In some cases, DVDs of highlights of the show will be released. While these releases have sold well in countries including the United States and Australia, many countries did not release CDs after the first series.[citation needed]

Since season 6, American Idol has sold only promotional downloads instead of CDs. For season 6, it sold studio-recorded MP3 and performance video downloads of the finalists on its website; no CDs were sold prior to the post-Idol releases of winner Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis. For season 7, audio and video downloads are sold exclusively through the iTunes Store, which became a sponsor in that season; the iTunes downloads have included audio of all semi-finalist performances, studio recordings and performance videos for all finalists, videos of finalist group performances, and audio and video performances from the Idol Gives Back episode.[2]

Media/Sponsorship

Sony Music is the general record company associated and affiilated with the Idols format in most countries, though countries like Iceland, Vietnam and Kazakhstan have affiliate labels as they do not have a local Sony Music subsidiary. FremantleMedia and Sony Music are related through common parent Bertelsmann, which owns 90.4% of FremantleMedia's immediate parent RTL Group and 50% of Sony Music.

Idol around the world

There are currently 149 winners of the Idols format. The most recent being Raffi Ohanian from Armenia.

World Idol

In 2003, a World Idol competition was held, with the winners from South Africa, the United States, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Norway, Pan Arabia (Arab World), the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada and Poland.

Kurt Nilsen from Norway was the winner.

The top five contestants on "World Idol" were:

1. Kurt Nilsen, Norway
2. Kelly Clarkson, United States
3. Peter Evrard, Belgium
4. Heinz Winckler, South Africa
5. Will Young, United Kingdom

Themes

A notable commonality among Idol-format shows is the theme logo & intro style. Many different versions of the Idol logo and show intro have been created since Idol's inception in June 2001.

The basic plan for the logo is an oval with the particular show's name centered in custom lettering based on a common font (Kaufmann). Mostly the name of the show is written horizontally, however occasionally part of the name is angled upwards.

The original Pop Idol logo featured an enhanced star in the logo. The star also appeared briefly on the American Idol logo, but was scrapped early in the Season 1 auditions.

The logo for some countries comes with an underline on the words SuperStar, or Idol, such as Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Hrvatski Idol, Hrvatska traži zvijezdu, Super Star, Hay Superstar, Nouvelle Star, Narodniy Artist, Super Idol, and Pinoy Idol (which also has a raised word). Turkstar has the only Idol logo to not use the common font style. As part of a relaunch after the first season, the French Nouvelle Star logo was changed to purple - the only logo to depart from the standard blue palette until Arab SuperStar season five had changed to the same color scheme also.

'Intro' sequence

The original version of the intro was created by Liquid TV Graphics in London which started with the dark blue Idol logo descending on the screen. A CGI human figure appears, with arms raised, intended to be the 'Idol' of the show's name. While the Idol figure sings, and then walks, images of guitars, microphones, cameras, and airplanes flow by, representing the life of a superstar. During this, the gender of the figure alternates between male and female. Finally, the figure is again in front of the Idol logo, raising hands in victory. The U.S. version of the intro was altered each season, including new sound effects and replacing the jet airplanes with waving flags. The flag concept was also used in the Indian Idol intro, as well as displays of famous national landmarks appearing in the first scene.

In 2005, a new version of the Idol intro was created by Aerodrome Pictures in Los Angeles which first appeared on the American Idol 4th season premiere. The intro starts with the Idol logo without the dark blue background spinning in the American and Canadian Version while the other Idol formats only glows and sparkles then the logo zooms in featuring a long section of the CGI Idol figure riding an open elevator past large vertical screens and displays and then walking down a stylized tunnel to a stage, where the figure starts to perform. On this basic template, the American and Canadian versions are customized, with past Idol winners appearing on the screens in the American version, while the Canadian version's screens feature Canadian landmarks. The American & Canadian versions last for 30 seconds; the new intro sequences for other Idol shows only last 15 seconds, with no customization and instead of the logo being 'stuck down' to the outside of the tunnel, it is pasted over the top. Also, the intro sequence for Nouvelle Star has a purple and blue color scheme instead of the standard light blue/light green.

In 2008, a new version of the Idol intro was created and introduced by BLT & Associates in Los Angeles on the American Idol 7th season finals. The intro starts with the Idol logo spinning behind spinning glass-like rings encircling it then features real male and female Idol figures passing horizontal and arc displays then walking to an arena where the two figures start to perform. Finally, only one figure raises his/her hands in victory in front of a huge arc display then zooms out to the atmosphere and to space, where the title of the show zooms out in front of planet Earth. The American, Australian, Canadian, and Latin American versions are customized by featuring their past Idol winners in the horizontal and arc displays and last for 30 seconds. Other versions are also customized and last for 30 seconds without featuring their past winners. Only the French and Indonesia version lasts for 15 seconds.

Similar shows

Similar formats produced by Fremantle Media and/or 19 Entertainment

  • The Next Great American Band, a competition that follows the same format as Idol but instead of finding a solo singer the show will find the best unsigned band.
  • American Juniors, a competition in the United States consisting of only pre-teen competitors.
  • The X Factor, a UK programme (which has largely replaced Pop Idol) with a wider age range of contestants and allowing groups; There are 4 judges who each coach a category. The 4 categories are Boys, Girls, Groups & Over 25's. The public then vote for the contestants.

Adaptations

Other shows with a similar format

Fictional material based on Idol

See also

References



The British talent search television series Pop Idol has spawned spin-offs in 42 territories, in what is now referred to as the "Idols" format, as described by FremantleMedia.[1] As part of an out-of-court settlement between the Pop Idol producers and the creators of Popstars, international sales contracts of the format contain a clause preventing the local broadcaster from using the word pop in the local title. The Idol television series was created by Simon Fuller and is managed by 19 Entertainment, a CKX, Inc. company.

Contents

Format

Hosts

Each show has at least one host that directs the show, introduces the singers and delivers the results of the show. While some countries have one host, most shows have two co-hosts. As well as judges, some countries have adopted new members to the hosting/jury party.

Judges/Jury

A preselected panel of music industry representatives tour some, if not all audition cities (depending on which show) to observe and advance those auditioning throughout the show up to and including the Grand Finale. The judges offer critiques and/or advice after each contestant performance, which can be positive or negative; Nouvelle Star 4 for the first time in any country introduced a red and blue "score card" type system where the jury award a blue "positive" or red "negative" rating.

As many as 5 stable jury members have appeared in any one Idol season (Idol Poland 3), though some versions offer "guest judges" or special musical guests on the program to also offer advice.

The judges of some shows gain a lot of popularity outside of the show as well as the contestants, due to their being collectively known to have a "caustic" or raw & blunt attitude towards contestants' performances, notably Simon Cowell, Kuba Wojewódzki, Dieter Bohlen, Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Paul Moss, Zack Werner, & Anu Malik amongst others.

Performance stages

Auditions are held in numerous places in any particular region or country that gives most people (audition entry is bound by certain legal requirements such as age and citizenship for example) the chance to sing in front of musical/television producers and if successful, they advance to a recorded televised audition where the show "judges" advance up to 300 people in some countries to the next round.

The Theatre round is where a specially selected group of auditioners from all regional auditions converge (always in the host city) to perform in three sub stages: a chorus line in groups of 10 where free song choices are allowed, a trio (or less commonly a duo or quartet) where contestants must memorize a preselected song to perform and choreograph together, and finally a solo A cappella round where contestants sing a song of their own choice without musical backing in front of friends, family, judges & fellow contestants.

Each stage of the theatre round, a number of contestants are eliminated and sent home by the judges, though in some countries there have been very few contestants brought back during the Wildcards show or by the disqualification or resignation of another contestant.

The Semi final occurs usually live or pre-recorded (in some countries) where contestants sing in a television studio fully televised; again judges give critiques but beginning at this stage, home viewers vote via telephone and SMS (and in some countries other voting mechanisms including via Internet or via Red Button) who they want to stay in the competition. During the "semi final" week, contestants receive a workshop tuition with a vocal coach to prepare their song of choice. The format started out with contestants only singing along to a piano, though other instruments & even a live band have been introduced to some versions.

An average semi final usually consists of 18 to 50 contestants where they either perform in an even group of contestants (three groups of ten for example) or in a "heat" type semi final where the contestants sing every week until all finalists have been chosen. During the format, a Wildcards feature was introduced which re-introduced past semi finalists to receive a second chance to become a finalist, in some shows - the judges sometimes pick one or more contestants to advance as well as the viewers' vote. As of late, live audiences have been incorporated into the semi final round.

A results show of the semi final usually airs either a few hours after the performance show or the night after where the results are given. Three or four contestants are told that they may have received highest votes, though only a selected two or three are put through to the finals.

The Live shows (aka Mottoshows, Spectacular shows or theme shows) are an elaborate and spectacular version of the semi final. There is a weekly theme on which contestants must base their song choices, such as "80s Hits" or "Hits Of Elton John" for example. In a bid to counter sagging ratings, contestants on Australian Idol were allowed to bring instruments on stage with them and had the opportunity to sing original material from the 2006 season, a world first.Since then America and Canada have followed Australia's lead. Again a results show follows the show; this time it may include group performances, musical guests or extra footage of the contestants' time on the show. The contestant/s with the lowest polled votes leaves the competition. The live shows continue until there are only two contestants left in the competition or three contestants in some cases.

The Grand Finale occurs when there are two (or, rarely, three and only once so far four) contestants left in the competition. This is the pinnacle of the entire series and often highest rated show; also for some countries, it is venued in a prestigious location (American Idol: Nokia Theatre, Australian Idol: Sydney Opera House, Philippine Idol: Araneta Coliseum, Idol Sweden: Ericsson Globe, Singapore Idol: Singapore Indoor Stadium). In this show a specially awarded song is sung by both remaining contestants which is ultimately slated to be released as the winner's debut single though recently in some countries this has been phased out.

During the extended results show there are usually group performances and/or special musical guests, up until the eponymous announcement of the winner of the series which is followed by an encore of the winner's single which sometimes includes pyrotechnics/fireworks.

While the show's premise is to find one winner with promises of a recording deal and other frugal benefits, the Idol series often has several contestants who go onto the same route of fame, whether they be finalists, semi-finalists, or even auditioners. Key examples of this from American Idol include Clay Aiken (second place, season 2) and Chris Daughtry (fourth place, season 5, through his band Daughtry), who have each outsold all American Idol winners except Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood; Jennifer Hudson (seventh place, season 3), who would later win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; and William Hung, who turned his off-key season 3 audition into a recording career and has outsold some finalists.

Releases

Often, a studio compilation album and/or a CD single is made to promote the show. In some cases, DVDs of highlights of the show will be released. While these releases have sold well in countries including the United States and Australia, many countries did not release CDs after the first series.[citation needed]

Since season 6, American Idol has sold only promotional downloads instead of CDs. For season 6, it sold studio-recorded MP3 and performance video downloads of the finalists on its website; no CDs were sold prior to the post-Idol releases of winner Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis. For season 7, audio and video downloads are sold exclusively through the iTunes Store, which became a sponsor in that season; the iTunes downloads have included audio of all semi-finalist performances, studio recordings and performance videos for all finalists, videos of finalist group performances, and audio and video performances from the Idol Gives Back episode.[2]

Media/Sponsorship

Sony Music is the general record company associated and affiilated with the Idols format in most countries, though countries like Iceland, Vietnam and Kazakhstan have affiliate labels as they do not have a local Sony Music subsidiary. FremantleMedia and Sony Music are related through common parent Bertelsmann, which owns 90.4% of FremantleMedia's immediate parent RTL Group and 50% of Sony Music.

Idol around the world

There are currently 157 winners of the Idols format, the most recent being Israel Lucero from Brazil. At 16, he is the youngest winner in any Idol format ever.

Region/Country Local name Network Premiere
Arab World سوبر ستار
Super Star
Future TV June 23, 2003
 Armenia Հայ Սուպերսթար
Hay Superstar
Shant TV March 2006
 Australia Australian Idol Network Ten July 27, 2003
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Idool VTM 2003
 Brazil Ídolos SBT April 05, 2006
Rede Record August 19, 2008
 Bulgaria Music Idol bTV February 26, 2007
 Canada Canadian Idol CTV June 01, 2003
 Croatia Hrvatski Idol Nova TV 2004
Hrvatska traži zvijezdu RTL February 2009
 Czech Republic Česko hledá SuperStar TV Nova February 29, 2004

Czech&
Slovakia
Česko Slovenská Superstar TV Nova
Markíza
September 6, 2009
 Denmark Idols TV3 2003
 Estonia Eesti otsib superstaari TV3 February 2007
 Finland Idols MTV3 August, 2003
 France Nouvelle Star M6 2003
 Georgia ჯეოსტარი
Geostari
Rustavi 2 2006
 Germany Deutschland sucht den Superstar RTL November 24, 2002
 Greece Super Idol Mega February 08, 2004
Greek Idol Alpha TV March 5, 2010
Template:Country data Iceland Idol stjörnuleit Stöð 2 2003
Template:Country data India Indian Idol Sony TV 2004
Template:Country data Indonesia Indonesian Idol RCTI March 2004
Template:Country data Kazakhstan SuperStar KZ PKE June 17, 2003
 Macedonia Македонски идол
Macedonian Idol
A1 autumn 2010
 Malaysia Malaysian Idol 8TV
TV3
2004
 Netherlands Idols RTL 4 2002
 New Zealand NZ Idol TV2 January, 2004
 Norway Idol TV2 2003
 Pakistan Pakistan Idol Geo Network 2007
 Philippines Philippine Idol ABC-5 July 30, 2006
Pinoy Idol GMA April 5, 2008
 Poland Idol Polsat 2002
 Portugal Ídolos SIC 2003
 Russia Народный Артист
Narodniy Artist
RTR 2003
 Singapore Singapore Idol MediaCorp 5 August 9, 2004
 Slovakia Slovensko hľadá SuperStar Markíza 2004
 South Africa Idols M-Net 2002
Afrikaans Idols Kyknet May 28, 2006
 Sweden Idol TV4 August 2004
 Turkey Turkstar Kanal D 2004
 United Kingdom Pop Idol ITV October 5, 2001
 United States American Idol Fox June 11, 2002
 Vietnam Thần Tượng Âm Nhạc
Vietnam Idol
HTV9
HTV7
VTV6
May 23, 2007
File:Asia (orthographic projection).svg Asia Asian Idol RCTI December 15, 2007–December 16, 2007
[[File:|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] East Africa Idols East Africa 8
M-Net
April 2004
File:Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America Latin American Idol Sony July 12, 2006
[[File:|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] West Africa Idols West Africa M-Net 2007
File:Western Western Balkans Idol BKTV 2004
Worldwide World Idol RTL Television
ITV
TV 2
FOX
CTV
Network Ten
December 25, 2003

World Idol

In 2003, a World Idol competition was held, with the winners from South Africa, the United States, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Norway, the Arab World, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada and Poland.

Themes

A notable commonality among Idol-format shows is the theme logo & intro style. Many different versions of the Idol logo and show intro have been created since Idol's inception in June 2001.

Logo

The basic plan for the logo is an oval with the particular show's name centered in custom lettering based on a common font (Kaufmann). Mostly the name of the show is written horizontally, however occasionally part of the name is angled upwards.

The original Pop Idol logo featured an enhanced star in the logo. The star also appeared briefly on the American Idol logo, but was scrapped early in the Season 1 auditions.

The logo for some countries comes with an underline on the words SuperStar, or Idol, such as Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Hrvatski Idol, Hrvatska traži zvijezdu, Super Star, Hay Superstar, Nouvelle Star, Narodniy Artist, Super Idol, and Pinoy Idol (which also has a raised word). Turkstar has the only Idol logo to not use the common font style. As part of a relaunch after the first season, the French Nouvelle Star logo was changed to purple - the only logo to depart from the standard blue palette until Arab SuperStar season five had changed to the same color scheme also.

'Intro' sequence

Idolatry (2001-2004)

The original version of the intro was created by Liquid TV Graphics in London which started with the dark blue Idol logo descending on the screen. A CGI human figure appears, with arms raised, intended to be the 'Idol' of the show's name. While the Idol figure sings, and then walks, images of guitars, microphones, cameras, and airplanes flow by, representing the life of a superstar. During this, the gender of the figure alternates between male and female. Finally, the figure is again in front of the Idol logo, raising hands in victory. The U.S. version of the intro was altered each season, including new sound effects and replacing the jet airplanes with waving flags. The flag concept was also used in the Indian Idol intro, as well as displays of famous national landmarks appearing in the first scene.

Tunnel (2005-2008)

In 2005, a new version of the Idol intro was created by Aerodrome Pictures in Los Angeles which first appeared on the American Idol 4th season premiere. The intro starts with the Idol logo without the dark blue background spinning in the American and Canadian Version while the other Idol formats only glows and sparkles then the logo zooms in featuring a long section of the CGI Idol figure riding an open elevator past large vertical screens and displays and then walking down a stylized tunnel to a stage, where the figure starts to perform. On this basic template, the American and Canadian versions are customized, with past Idol winners appearing on the screens in the American version, while the Canadian version's screens feature Canadian landmarks. The American & Canadian versions last for 30 seconds; the new intro sequences for other Idol shows only last 15 seconds, with no customization and instead of the logo being 'stuck down' to the outside of the tunnel, it is pasted over the top. Also, the intro sequence for Nouvelle Star has a purple and blue color scheme instead of the standard light blue/light green.

Gyroscope (2008-present)

In 2008, a new version of the Idol intro was created and introduced by BLT & Associates in Los Angeles on the American Idol 7th season finals. The intro starts with the Idol logo spinning behind a gyroscope then features real male and female Idol figures passing horizontal and arc displays then walking to an arena where the two figures start to perform. Finally, only one figure raises his/her hands in victory in front of a huge arc display then zooms out to the atmosphere and to space, where the title of the show zooms out in front of planet Earth. The American, Australian, Canadian, Swedish and Latin American versions are customized by featuring their past Idol winners in the horizontal and arc displays and last for 30 seconds. Other versions are also customized and last for 30 seconds without featuring their past winners. Only the French and Indonesia version lasts for 15 seconds.

Similar shows

Similar formats produced by Fremantle Media and/or 19 Entertainment

  • The Next Great American Band, a competition that follows the same format as Idol but instead of finding a solo singer the show will find the best unsigned band.
  • American Juniors, a competition in the United States consisting of only pre-teen competitors.
  • The X Factor, a UK programme (which has largely replaced Pop Idol) with a wider age range of contestants and allowing groups; There are 4 judges who each coach a category. The 4 categories are Boys, Girls, Groups & Over 28's. The public then vote for the contestants.

Adaptations

Other shows with a similar format

Fictional material based on Idol

See also

References








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