Prime Television has acquired the New Zealand broadcast rights to American Idol from FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME). Prime will debut season 12 of the long-running and incredibly popular series early next year.
American Idol has been the number one entertainment programme in the USA for the past nine consecutive seasons, with a peak audience of 21.9 million viewers. The series has become a global phenomenon, having reached audiences in over 190 countries worldwide.
American Idol aims to discover new solo recording artists based on public votes. Auditions for the coming season have been underway for the past five months as thousands of hopefuls clamour for their chance to join previous winners and now household names Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips. American Idol is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. Continue reading »