Just like the UK and many other countries, Australian
television has had a long history of talent shows where new talents
have been discovered. The format of the shows since the year 2000 are
very similar to those shown in the UK, USA and a number of other
countries where the audience at home can participate by voting to save
their favourite contestant from being ejected from the show.
In the year 2000, Australian television began the first series
of Popstars. Popstars has its origins in New Zealand; following its
success there, the format was sold first to Australia then the UK
before going global. In Australia, the show received high ratings for
the first series on the Seven network but by 2003 the ratings had
declined. At this time a rival TV network (Network ten) launched
which was a instant ratings hit and catapulted Guy
Sebastian the winner of the show, to become a multi platinum recording
star. Following the success of Australian Idol, the Popstars format was
revisited and re-launched in a similar style to Idol, where the
contestants sang live. The audience at home appear not to be impressed
with the new show given the poor ratings. The show was later axed.
Australia's Got Talent
was launched in 2007 on Australian television,
the latest talent show to try to attract a mass audience. The first
season was successful and therefore did not suffer the same
The X Factor because the show came back for a second season in 2008.
The X Factor
The X Factor was launched in Australia in 2005, which was
based on the original version launched in the UK. The series still
remain a success in the UK but in Australia the ratings were poor and
the TV network decided to axe the show after only one series.
In 2010 following the cancellation of Australian Idol by Network 10 due
to poor ratings, Seven Network decided to re-launch The X Factor with a
brand new judging panel and new presenter.
The show was presented by Luke Jocabz and sitting on the judging panel
Sandilands, Ronan Keating, Guy Sabastian and Natalie Imbruglia.