Fox New Singing Competition American Idol

Report: Singing Competition in Works at Fox, to Compete With IdolVoice

American Idol may be coming back on ABC, but don’t count its former home Fox out of the reality-singing-competition racket just yet.

The network is working on a new series to go up against Idol and The Voice, our sister site Variety explains. The gimmick: The new competition’s four finalists are chosen in the very first episode, and then must hold onto their slots as challengers vie for them each week. The ultimate winner is chosen in the finale.

The contest, which is the brainchild of Israel’s Armoza Formats, is known as The Final Four outside the United States. Per Variety, in the U.S., the name will be changed to avoid confusion with NCAA basketball tournaments.

In May, ABC outbid Fox to secure the right to revive the Idol franchise, which ended its 15-season run in 2016. Katy Perry will be one the rebooted series’ “anchor” judge; host Ryan Secrest has not yet formally signed on for the project.

Fox CEO Dana Walden, in defending Fox’s decision to not partake in Idol‘s reseurrection, told reporters in May that while “it feels bad knowing it’s coming back on another network…. It felt to us [after taking] meetings with [production company] Fremantle like it would be extremely fraudulent to bring the show back quickly.”

CEO Gary Newman then noted, “Instead of looking back at a show that’s been on the air before, we think it’s important to find something that feels new and distinctive and moves that genre forward, and that’s going to be our focus in the music space.”

TVLine has reached out to Fox for comment.

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26 Comments
  1. Dude says:

    Should have just held onto American Idol.

    • cj says:

      My thoughts exactly. If it was getting expensive, try new judges that would lower the costs to be in line with ratings and ad revenues.

  2. Shaun says:

    This is lazy thinking.

  3. Brandon says:

    Ew. No thanks. I’m sticking with Idol.

    • Mary says:

      Agree. In fact I have stop watching Fox all together. I will give Idol a try but IMO I still think it is to soon but I do kind of miss it. Don’t care for the Voice so maybe it will fill the void, depending when it airs.

  4. Steef_Pif says:

    Yesssssss. This sounds fantastic!

  5. Brennan says:

    This is confusing, how will they pick the final four in the first episode and it sounds like another competitor can beat them out of their spot? So really it’s not any different they’re just giving contestants them false hope and the audience a cheap gimmick. The Voice is all about the gimmick but it works better than American Idol which became all about the worst/craziest/most insane auditions which stopped being funny when it came out that contestants met a separate panel of judges and they purposely let idiots go on to meet the celebrity judges for ratings.

  6. Larc says:

    FOX ruined Idol with their heavy-handed meddling, so I guess they want to come up with another singing contest they can ruin now.

  7. Brock Hard says:

    Just what TV needs, another talent competition reality show :-/

  8. Jennifer says:

    No. Stop. I am getting so sick of these glorified Karaoke contests. we didn’t need one, let alone 3. Idol was great as a one time thing. But having it come back? and having more? No, it’s getting to be too much. Let’s go back to regular old TV – stop with all this reality crap. No wonder Netflix, Amazon & Hulu are doing so well. UGH!!!!

  9. LizWebberFan says:

    I think ABC just showed with Boy Band it’s not so easy to launch a new hit singing competition series. Fox should have just stuck with Idol. It may have not rated anywhere close to what it used to, but it was still among their highest rated shows. I don’t blame ABC at all for trying to revive it.

  10. c-mo says:

    No! Enough with the “talent” reality shows!!!!! I’m so over all of these shows, they’re all running together because their premises are merely “who can get the most votes” not even “who is the most talented”. It’s even hard to tell them apart during commercial breaks because the shows being promoted are so very generic. Ugh! Network TV is just not very entertaining anymore and I blame the reality craze.

  11. AngelWasHere says:

    Why do we need yet another show like this? Why? Make it stop!

  12. ninergrl6 says:

    UGH this is going to be overkill. None of them will be successful with all of them glutting the airwaves.

  13. Amber says:

    So you cancel a show, then try to bring it back less then 3 years after shutting it down. You fail to get that show back so you just decide to create a clone? That doesn’t sound backwards or stupid at all.

  14. Ron says:

    Please, make it stop! I’m begging….

  15. kmw says:

    Seriously FOX . Apparently they just need to have Idol back without bringing it back. Enough!!. So many singing shows isn’t going to bring any of these networks the ratings they are looking for. So instead of taking chances FOX, like all the others is depending on reality shows to prop up their low numbers. So disappointed another singing show on the way

  16. Anne says:

    Fox is just so stupid

  17. Julia says:

    Do we really need another singing competition show?? I think the answer is NO!! How about a good scripted show! That would be nice!

  18. This sounds really confusing

  19. Angelfan says:

    No, Just Stop!

  20. sallya says:

    How about a good old-fashioned variety show?