Talent competition series American Idol is moving channels in the UK, migrating from ITV2 to digital rival 5*, following a deal between broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME).
The deal will see the new season of American Idol premiere on 5* during the same week of the new season launch in the U.S., in January 2013.
Katie Keenan, head of acquisitions for C5, said: “American Idol is immense. We believe it’s going to be a defining show for 5*, building on an already impressive schedule.”
Justin Hatfield, FME’s senior VP Sales for the UK, Eire and Scandinavia, added: “American Idol is one of the world’s biggest and most established entertainment brands.
“The series has won over audiences globally with its mix of top talent, performances and superstar judging panel. We look forward to working with 5 *on what promises to be another smash hit series.”
The new season of the show will see rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Keith Urban take their seats on the judging panel beside songstress Mariah Carey and returning judge Randy Jackson. The show is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America.