Simon Fuller's talent show American Idol is to be broadcast on Channel 5’s sister station 5* from January next year, with less than a week between the US and UK airings.
Previously shown in the UK on ITV2, American Idol has been one of the most popular entertainment shows in the US for the last decade and has attracted audiences as large as 21.9m viewers per show at its peak on US network Fox.
Debuting in 2002, American Idol has followed thousands of would-be pop stars across the USA on a quest for superstardom. Since it’s been on air, the Idol has launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks.
Judges for the show’s upcoming new season include platinum-selling singer Nicki Minaj, four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, soul legend Mariah Carey and veteran musician Randy Jackson.
Katie Keenan, Head of Acquisitions, Channel 5, said "American Idol is immense. We believe it's going to be a defining show for 5* building on an already impressive schedule."
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, American Idol will make its 5* debut in January 2013.