Channel Seven has released the first teaser promo for the highly-anticipated Australian Idol reboot, which is set to premiere early next year.
The new series will see the return of Kyle Sandilands on the judging panel alongside Grammy award-winning pop superstar Meghan Trainor, American Idol judge and Grammy award-winning musician Harry Connick Jr, and eight-time ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Shark.
All four judges star in the new promo as they each walk a glass runway floating above a pool of water and reveal why they signed onto the show.
“I’m here to find something special,” Harry says, followed by Amy who adds, “I’m here to find the diamond in the rough.”
“I’m here to make a dream come true,” Meghan remarks.
“And I’m here to keep it real,” Kyle declares.
The superstar quartet are later shown standing together as a number of contestants begin singing Rihanna’s song Diamonds in the background.
“Australia, an entire generation has been waiting for this,” Amy says.
“The biggest star maker on the planet is back,” Harry announces.
‘Live television is back!’
The trailer then features a montage of former Idol contestants who found success through the show, including Australians Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy and US stars Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert.
To find the next Australian Idol, the judges promise to visit “every corner of the country” and leave “no stone unturned”, “no bridge uncrossed” and “no chance unseen”.
“Every dream, every heartache, every triumph,” they add, as the video features performers from every state and territory across the country.
“Australia, the wait is over,” Kyle says. “Live television is back!”
After the video was shared on social media a number of people took to the comments to share their excitement.
“Looking forward to it. Glad it’s back,” one person wrote, followed by another who added, “So so so excited!!!”
“Can’t wait, hope it’s like the original,” a third shared.
The trailer comes shortly after Channel Seven announced that Marcia Hines, who appeared as a judge on the show from 2003 to 2009, will return for the new season as a guest judge.
“I feel honoured to have been asked to come back,” she said in a statement. “Australian Idol is a great vehicle for uncovering some fantastic Australian talent. What a ride!
“I know it’s not an easy task singing in front of strangers, but I hope that contestants show us their heart and the gift that is their voice.”
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