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Russian entertainment network CTC is set to become the first TV outlet outside the U.S. to air an adaptation of The Final Four, an Israeli music competition format that some have called the new American Idol.
Fox recently ordered a U.S. version of the singing show, dubbed The Four.
CTC will start Moscow auditions for contestants on Sept. 1, the network said. Its version of the show will be called Uspekh (Success) and air during the fall.
The news of the Russian adaptation comes as The Final Four has also garnered deals for a group of European territories that include France, Norway, Denmark, Italy and Spain. The show has been licensed there from Armoza Formats, but CTC’s version will be the first adaptation outside the U.S. to hit the airwaves, the network said.
The new show offers a tweak on the traditional talent search by skipping to the finalists. Each week, the top four sing against challengers in front of the show’s judges to retain their slots. CTC’s version is open to singers and musicians ages 18-45.
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