Could Stan be the last Idol?
COOLANGATTA’S Stan Walker could be the last Australian Idol if rumours about the show’s future are correct.
With ratings of the once mighty show in terminal decline, key judge Ian “Dicko” Dickson has reportedly confirmed his contract has not been renewed in 2010.
Fellow judge Jay Dee Springbett’s contract has also reportedly not been renewed.
While the show could go on without Springbett, it is unlikely Dickson would also get the axe, fuelling rumours the show is gone for at least 2010.
Channel 10 sources have been reported as saying the show will be “rested” for this year.
The decline of the show is evident in a ratings comparison between Walker’s finale last year and Guy Sebastian’s in the inaugural 2003 event.
Only 1.4 million people watched Walker beat Hayley Warner, while 3.34 million welcomed Guy Sebastian as the first Australian Idol.
The ratings were so bad Channel 10 was reportedly prepared to sink to a new low by re-appointing the vile, but popular, Kyle Sandilands to his judging position, the one he lost in the wake of an underage girl’s traumatic rape admission on his radio program.
A publicist from Channel 10 did not answer questions posed about the future of the show by the Tweed Daily News yesterday.
Walker was also contacted for his views on the show’s future, but did not return calls. The popular Maori, who grew up in Byron Bay before moving to Coolangatta, has made a positive start to his post-Idol career.
He started with a hit single then recorded his album, Introducing Stan Walker, in two days.
He has called the record a glimpse of what he is capable of and has also avoided the pitfalls of former Idol Damien Leith, who did not make any money off his first record because of contractual fine-print.
Walker has said his lawyers ensured his contract allowed him to make some money off his initial offering.