TEN ANNOUNCEMENT ON KYLE SANDILANDS AND AUSTRALIAN IDOL
Monday, 3 August 2009
After significant discussions and consideration over recent days, Network Ten today announced Kyle Sandilands will no longer be a judge on Australian Idol as it heads into season 7, this Sunday, 9 August.
We thank Kyle for his contribution to Australian Idol over the last four years but it has become increasingly clear that as Idol has remained a family focused show, even more so this year with the 6.30pm Sunday time slot, his radio persona has taken on a more controversial position over this period which is not in the interest of the show.
Australian Idol is firmly a family program and the recent controversy surrounding Kyle's radio program (The Kyle and Jackie O show) has highlighted more than ever the conflicting attitude of the two careers.
This season of Australian Idol will again showcase some of the country's best singing talent as their aspirations to establish a successful singing career unfold on national television. This season's crop of hopefuls, are again a diverse, talented and passionate group of artists.
Kyle will continue to be seen in the first three audition/Top 100 episodes of Australian Idol, as they were filmed some time ago.
Discussions regarding a fresh replacement will continue over the coming weeks and a new face will take up the third seat on the judging panel alongside Marcia Hines and Ian "Dicko" Dickson from the live performance shows, which commence August 24.
Australian Idol producers, FremantleMedia Australia are supportive of the decision made.