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Australia’s Network Ten Confirms ‘Australian Idol’ Not Returning

Although the network recently picked up the rights to "American Idol" with judge Keith Urban, a Ten spokesperson says, "'Aussie Idol' isn't coming back -- it's all speculation."

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Squashing recent rumors Down Under, local Network Ten has confirmed that it won’t be bringing back Australian Idol.

Once as popular in Australia as the U.S. version, Australian Idol launched the careers of several of the country’s current strong-selling pop artists, such as Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Damien Leith and Jessica Mauboy. And in February, Ten's program chief Beverley McGarvey said in public statements that a reboot of Australian Idol might still be in the cards.

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But that possibility was ruled out this week by Ten spokesperson Catherine Donovan, who said, "Aussie Idol isn't coming back. It's all speculation.”

Australian Idol was televised on Network Ten for seven years, from 2003 to 2009.

McGarvey’s remarks in February came shortly after the network had acquired the rights to American Idol, fueling hopes among regional Idol fans that a return of the local version would soon follow. But American Idol has been a ratings disappointment in the Australian market since, which appears to have foreclosed the possibility of a local version revival.  

Singing contest formats have recently seen their ratings slip in most major markets of the world.