Australian Idol cuts three contestants ahead of the grand final as the singing contest continues to struggle with ratings
The winner of Australian Idol will be announced on March 26.
And the six remaining contestants will face a ‘culling’ in the coming week – three of which are sure to leave before the finals.
The six remaining singers are Amali Dimont, Phoebe Stewart, Josh Hannan, Royston Sagigi-Baira, Ben Sheehy and Anya Hynninen.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the final cut challenge for contestants is a way for Channel Seven to entice viewers who will vote for their favorites in the singing competition.
In its original format, the last season of Australian Idol lasted 20 weeks in 2009, but the 2023 season is coming to an end after just 9 weeks.
The winner of Australian Idol will be announced on March 26 and the six remaining contestants will be drawn into the final three in the coming week. The finalists are pictured
Australian Idol has struggled in the ratings this season
The much-hyped reboot has been regularly beaten in the ratings by reality show rivals Married At First Sight and Australian Survivor since its debut on Jan. 30.
According to Seven’s own data, Idol has an average of 821,000 fans per episode, including subway ratings and viewers catching up.
This compares poorly to MAFS – which remains the biggest thing on TV – with an average total audience of just under 2 million viewers per episode.
Australian Survivor, meanwhile, is a ratings winner for the controversial Channel 10.
The much-hyped Australian Idol reboot is regularly beaten in the ratings by Married At First Sight. pictured
Married at First Sight remains the biggest thing on TV with an average total audience of just under 2 million viewers per episode
The reality TV competition series scores a total audience of 1.248 million.
The prize for winning Australian Idol includes $100,000 in cash and a recording contract with Sony Music.
The show launched the careers of Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll.
Kyle Sandilands, Harry Connick Jr, Meghan Trainor and Amy Shark are this year’s Idol judges.