Fox may have pulled the plug on “American Idol” last year, but the network seems to have changed its tune on singing competitions.
As ABC prepares to revive the one-time ratings darling for next spring, Fox is reportedly developing a new singing competition from an Israeli producer and distributor.
Though no series order has been finalized yet, Fox has sped up development on a show that will feature four contestants chosen in the premiere competing against newcomers looking to snag one of their four spots, Variety reports. The winner will be chosen in the finale.
The series comes from Armoza Formats, and was being shopped internationally as “The Final Four.” However, thanks to the NCAA’s college basketball tournaments of the same name, the name will change when it airs in the U.S. to avoid confusion, according to the report.
ABC defends reviving ‘American Idol’ after Fox slams its return
Fox called it quits on “American Idol” in 2016 after an impressive 15-season run that launched the careers of Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and many others. In its prime, the show was a massive success, and claimed the title of highest-rated show on television for eight consecutive seasons, starting in 2003.
The show was canceled due to lagging ratings, but saw new life just one year later when ABC announced in May it would be reviving the series for spring 2018. Katy Perry is currently the only judge confirmed so far, though the network is reportedly close to inking a deal with Ryan Seacrest to return as host.
Fox’s as-yet-untitled competition would join “Idol” and NBC’s “The Voice” in the ratings race. “The Voice” is set to welcome “American Idol” vets Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson as coaches next season.
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