NZ Idol 4 - 2008?

Rumors are circulating that there won’t be an NZ Idol 4 this year, but the show will start taking auditions around November 2007 for a fourth season.

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  • Anonymous

    Is this idols way of not giving georgina patea the golden ticket if it is to be aired 2008 she was offered for 2007

  • Anonymous

    No Idol this year. TVNZ are cutting costs everywhere……..

  • Oooh I hope they do. I also hope that they let people audition who are under 16 as long as they’ll be over 16 by the time the show actually goes on tv because I want to audition and yes. 😀 Not that I can sing or anything, but it’s the sort of thing you have to do at least once in your life..

  • k

    it would be so cool to have another idol

  • Anomynous

    okay looks like the cast, crew, contestants and Judges are working right through Christmas…. good on them coz most of NZ will be off on Holiday and wont get to see most of the auditions unless thy’re gonna put the whole thing off for a month and start back up in mid Jan when everyone gets back from holiday. bad move for ratings, oh well… they must know what they’re doing 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hmm TVNZ cutting costs? i hope we get a tax rebate then since we’re paying for the damm thing or a percentage of it anyway…

  • ChchTVaddict

    “No Idol this year. TVNZ are cutting costs everywhere..”

    When did TVNZ spend any decent money on it anyway???? IMHO Part of the reason it doesn’t succeed properly here is because the network doesn’t promote it prperly

  • Andy Hsu

    hmm….. so what’s happening exactly?? Auditions in November 2007, that’s for real right? soo…. that would be NZ Idol 2008? aye?

  • Tui

    Is this actually happening or not?

  • katipo

    If they have got any sense (which I doubt) they will scrap that stupid show altogether.

  • regan

    Why? The third season still rated well…

    However, I’d be more interested in it if there was actually a music career produced out of it at the end..

  • Tui

    Yeah. I would watch another series.

  • Rikki

    Well, will have to wait and see!
    Yes, I’d watch it – but hope we still get American Idol – that’d be my first choice!

    Was hoping we’d see Australian Idol – guess we won’t be!

  • katipo

    Just because a series rates well Regan, it doesn’t mean it is not crap. The ratings are based on the opinions of 472 out of around a million plus households in this country. Not exactly representative is it?

    If idol is so good, why is that after the show ends all the contestants (including the winner) rapidily return to the obscurity from whence they came?

  • Rachel

    If idol is so good, why is that after the show ends all the contestants (including the winner) rapidily return to the obscurity from whence they came?

    Because the record company doesn’t support them as an artist, for one reason or another.

    Peoplemeters are 500 households and are representative of NZ.

  • Tui

    Mmm. Who knows what the future holds! But if Idol was returning, we would have heard about it by now!

  • kiwijem

    I will just point out that Ben Lummis still can’t walk down the street without getting mobbed for autographs, etc 😉 Although, I think this is more of a testament to what a great person he is, rather than the “record company” doing anything much to raise his profile.

    I wouldn’t say he’s “returned to obscurity” – he just needs someone to back him up!

  • Rikki

    That’s the problem Rachel, been talked about many times before.;)

    However much talent anyone has, they’re just not taken seriously or given a chanced by those in the music business and media! Not like in the US!

    Is it better to appear on an Idol show here and not be respected as a performer again or given opportunities for the very reason of having appeared on the show, or to struggle on and not be seen and heard by many people?

  • Rikki

    Yes kiwijem – Ben has shown that this show does bring people to our attention – talented performers we would never have seen or heard before.
    3 years later and people still love him and want to hear more from him! He hasn’t stopped performing, but the record companies and media in this country don’t want to know about him.:(

  • nanisnap

    Please no, NZ Idol is terrible. American Idol please!

  • Rikki

    Thinking how many more young singers can be found in NZ! Surely not many now!

    Maybe we need to go to something different! Like bands or general talent, if another show if this type is to be made!

  • samfieldy

    NZ Idol is detremental to the NZ music industry. NZ has never really supported the “pop” scene and the record companies won’t put funding behind it because it is not worthwhile. If TVNZ had any sense they would see that this product does not work well here and scrap any future plans altogether. It may have rated well but it’s meant to be a show about music…isn’t it?

  • Cassie

    It wouldn’t matter whether it was a solo artist, band or otherwise!! The people running this thing are clueless. It’s always been about the MONEY for them and that’s the sad truth. They don’t give a stuff about the artists, it’s simple exploitation! The winners are never going to be given a decent chance, theyre not going to break into the overseas market with any help from ‘Idol’ promoters. They just become statistics, who never more are to be taken seriously! That’s the story here in NZ. Not so in OZ or US.

  • Rikki

    So right both of you!

    Would have been good if we’d seen Australian Idol – and NZers were encouraged to enter that!

  • Cassie

    Totally agree with you Rikki. We’re allowed to partake in ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’, it would be awesome if that same courtesy could be extended to our singers, then at least they might be in with a chance at a music career.

  • rajeveena

    i fink it shld be on 2 be honest

  • Super Revive

    I just couldn’t believe TV2 cancelled New Zealand Idol after three seasons.
    Oh, I hope TVNZ will find another network to bring the show back for one more season.
    You know, They could make a fourth season of New Zealand Idol into a final season.
    Please, Just bring the show back on our screens one last time!

  • Agent X

    TVNZ should make a new decision about bringing New Zealand Idol back on TV.
    Because it hasn’t been on TV since 2006.
    All TVNZ needs is to find another network to pick the show up for a fourth season.
    How about TV One? or TV3? or Four? or C4? or any other networks?
    How many seasons do the fans want New Zealand Idol to run for? Four? Five? Six? Seven? Eight? Nine? Ten? Because I want it to run for ten seasons.
    You’ll see what I mean:
    New Zealand Idol: Season four (2016)
    New Zealand Idol: Season five (2017)
    New Zealand Idol: Season six (2018)
    New Zealand Idol: Season seven (2019)
    New Zealand Idol: Season eight (2020)
    New Zealand Idol: Season nine (2021)
    New Zealand Idol: Season ten (2022)
    3 seasons of New Zealand Idol were the original series in SD.
    So, seven seasons should be the revived series in HD.
    What do you all think? Do you all miss New Zealand Idol? Do you all want it back?
    Let’s all write letters and emails to TVNZ about reviving New Zealand Idol.
    Let’s all go on facebook about this.

    • Robyn Gallagher

      TV One has NZ’s Got Talent, TV3 has the X Factor, Four and C4 don’t have the necessary viewer numbers to support a big show like that.

      These networks don’t have unlimited funds that they can throw at whatever TV productions they feel like, and NZ On Air will only fund one big show like this per year.

      I’d say that TVNZ are very happy with NZ’s Got Talent and won’t be rushing to bring back NZ Idol.

      • Agent X

        But someone just made Bring back NZ IDOL on Facebook.
        Check it out, already.

        • Jeseta

          Facebook campaigns are meaningless, NZ Idol is done – it wrapped up a long time ago and isn’t coming back. Why did everyone start commenting on this old post anyway?

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Because maybe if they restart the show with a fresh mindset, a fresh production crew, and market it to the right people, maybe it will be better.

          • Jeseta

            But a few comments on an old Throng post aren’t going to make it happen. NZ Got Talent and The X factor are current and have been successful for their respective networks, neither would benefit by resurrecting NZ Idol.

          • Chad Soon

            And the fact that the Idol brand is dying out and is overtaken by the likes of The Voice, X-Factor etc is another reason NZ Idol will never return.

          • Jeseta

            Exactly, there is no reason for any network to bring it back. Even in the US, Idol is in it’s death throes. It would be ludicrous to pour money into it this late in the game.

          • Agent X

            That’s not true! It hasn’t been overtaken by The Voice or The X Factor.

          • Charlie Egginton

            I agree with you, mate. Maybe it will be better. It needs to be in HD for the first time.

          • Agent X

            That’s a horrible thing to write!

          • Jeseta

            What exactly is horrible about it? No organisation or company has any obligation to act on a facebook petition, or pay any attention to it for that matter. It’s not even officially submitted, it’s just a number of ‘thumbs up’ on a public social network page. TVNZ will bring back NZ Idol only if *they* want to and the point being raised here is that they no doubt have no desire or reason to do so.

  • Dave Ian Batten

    If they were to do another NZ Idol, don’t get Dominic Bowden to host it.

    • Charlie Egginton

      If TVNZ were making a new decision about reviving NZ Idol in the future,
      Who would you like to see hosting it, instead of Dominic Bowden?
      Which judges would you like to see coming back for a fourth season?

      • Dave Ian Batten

        To be honest, I don’t know. There’s heaps of new talented presenters out there. Jorden Vandermade maybe?

        • Dave Ian Batten

          I was going to say Jason Gunn, but then would that be appropriate? The only reason why I suggest him, is because he has more experience, but then again, logically, you want someone new. That’s why I suggested Jorden Vandermade. Weighing that up though….. it’s a hard thing.

          • Dave Ian Batten

            Having said that, what’s the harm in trying Jason out? He could be good at it.

  • bobscoffee

    As far as I’m concerned the Idol franchise is past its expiry date. It’s no longer relevant in NZ, especially after it shifted to Prime.

    • Harrison

      When was it on Prime?

      • Reece

        Prime has American Idol these days so it doesn’t get the audience or attention in this country that it used to.

    • Idol Factor

      NZ Idol to be revived by Prime?

      • Dave Ian Batten

        HA! That’s a laugh.

  • Super Revive

    Look at America. They have 4 shows (American Idol, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and The Voice) at the same time.
    And look at Australia. They also have The X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent, The Voice and Network Ten is planning to bring Australian Idol back next year.
    So, they will have 4 shows at the same time next year.
    So, why not us having 3 shows (NZ Idol, The X Factor and New Zealand’s Got Talent) at the same time?
    Think about it. I hope TVNZ is reading this right now. I’m sure they’ll understand.

    • Reece

      I think the population of New Zealand is a key reason not to have the three shows. The Networks simply wouldn’t be able to afford it because the population is to small. They can barely afford it now considering they expect an NZ on Air contribution for the two existing shows.

      If TVNZ wanted to revive idol they wouldnt have commissioned NZGT.

  • Charlie Egginton

    Hey guys! I’ve been thinking.
    Why don’t they (TV2) just bring NZ Idol back one last time?
    The episodes of season four would be one-off specials.
    If TV2 brings it back one last time, They won’t have to renew for more seasons.
    We need to write letters to TVNZ about making a fourth season of NZ Idol one last time.
    I mean, bringing it back as one-off specials. That could work.