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FOX: 10/25/2003-1/1/2004
FremantleMedia North America

World Idol was a short-lived spinoff of American Idol where all the nations in the world competed in this international version of American Idol and Pop Idol.


The performance show was broadcast on Christmas Day2003, with the results show aired on New Years Day 2004. It was produced in the United Kingdom at Fountain Studios in London, using the set from the recently completed second series Pop Idol. After presenting the competition, viewers from the 11 participating countries were allowed to vote by telephone, but not for the participant from their home country. All participants sang in English except for Diana Karazon, who sang in Arabic.

British presenters Ant & Dec hosted the show in English speaking countries, while local presenters hosted for the own countries in their local language. The only exception to Ant and Dec's English speaking role was that CTV edited the show in Canada to use Canadian Idol host Ben Mulroney instead (the show on Fox, which used Ant & Dec as hosts, was not simulcast with the CTV feed, to prevent Canadians from calling the American toll-free number to vote for their idol, Ryan Malcom) Victoria Beckham performed her No. 3 hit "Let Your Head Go" during the results interval.

The show was broadcast on 11 television broadcasters worldwide.

Other Versions[]

American Idol
American Juniors