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‘Australian Idol’ Reveals Judges and Co-Hosts for New Season

After over a decade away, ‘Australian Idol’ is returning in 2023 with a star-studded panel of judges, including Amy Shark.

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After over a decade away, Australian Idol is returning in 2023 with a star-studded panel of judges.

The iconic singing competition ran on Network Ten between 2003 and 2009, and was picked up again 13 years later by Seven Network.

And to make up for lost time, an impressive lineup of judges has been recruited for the new season. Leading the way is Amy Shark, one of Australia’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters of recent years.

Her two studio albums, 2018’s Love Monster and 2021’s Cry Forever, topped the ARIA Albums Chart, with the former being certified platinum in her home country. The singer has won several ARIA Music Awards, while she also won the award for Best Single at the 2022 Sailor Jerry Rolling Stone Australia Awards for Cry Forever track ‘Baby Steps’. 

Joining her is international pop star Meghan Trainor, who first rose to global prominence for the smash-hit single “All About That Bass”. She’s released four well-received studio albums, including a Christmas record in 2020, with her 2015 debut, Title, being certified 2x platinum in Australia.

Harry Connick Jr. will also be judging the best up-and-coming Australian singers on the show. The iconic multi-hyphenate has sold over 28 million albums worldwide, placing him amongst the Top 60 best-selling male artists in the US. With seven Top 20 US albums and ten number one US jazz albums to his name, Connick Jr. is renowned as one of the foremost crooners of his generation.

And finally, outspoken Australian radio host Kyle Sandilands will be on the panel to shake things up. Previously a judge on Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor Australia, Sandilands also served as a judge on Australian Idol from 2005 to 2009.

Australian Idol also announced this morning that the new co-hosts will be Ricki-Lee and Scott Tweedie, with the former famously reaching seventh in season two of the singing competition. 

“This star-studded, multiple Grammy & ARIA Award winning panel will be on your screens in 2023,” the show confirmed today, although no official premiere date has been set yet.