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Australian Idol (TV Series 2003–2009) Poster

(2003–2009)

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Starting with Season 6, judge Mark Holden departed, and, for the first time, auditions were to be held in London and Los Angeles, due in part to the success of Aussie ex-pat Michael Johns on American Idol (2002). However, the L.A. auditions were cancelled due to the judges' scheduling conflicts. Season 6 was also Ricki-Lee Coulter's first season as host, and James Mathison and John Foreman's final season.
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Renée Geyer was originally offered the role of female judge.
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Judge Kyle Sandilands was fired from the series in August 2009, due to negative publicity from a stunt on his Austereo radio show involving a 14 year old rape victim.
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Among all international versions of the format, Australian Idol was the first to allow contestants to play instruments and allow original songs to be performed. In 2009, it was also the first to go with the single, stand-alone episode, combining the verdict and performances into one weekly show.
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The series was rested for the 2010 season, partly due to Network Ten's coverage of the Commonwealth Games.
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'Australian Idol' suffered what many music industry analysts saw as a "winner's curse". The runner-up more often than not ended up having a more successful career than the winner. As of 2014, the 7 runner-ups have out-sold the winners 2-to-1 in music sales.
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Top 12 Rankings (2003):
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