British talent search series Pop Idol has spawned dozens of spin-offs in over 30 countries, in the what is now referred to as the Idols format (as described by FremantleMedia). As part of an out-of-court settlement between the Pop Idol producers and the creators of Popstars, international sales contracts of the format contain a clause preventing the local broadcaster from using the word pop in the local title.
Idol spin-offs around the world:Edit
The original United Kingdom show, Pop Idol, debuted in 2002. Its winners were Will Young and Michelle McManus. Since its debut, the format has been sold to numerous broadcasters around the world. These variants are listed below, along with the names of the winners:
- Arab World, Super Star  -- Diana Karazon, Ayman El Aatar, Ibrahim El Hakami, Marwan Ali, Elie Bitar, Arab Idol -- Carmen Suleiman, Mohammed Assaf, Hazem Shareef, Yacoub Shaheen
- Armenia, Հայ Սուպերսթար
- Australia, Australian Idol  -- Guy Sebastian, Casey Donovan, Kate DeAraugo, Damien Leith, Natalie Gauci, Wes Carr, Stan Walker
- Belgium, Idool  -- Peter Evrard, Joeri Fransen, Dean Delannoit, Kevin Kayirangwa
- Brazil, Ídolos 
- Canada, Canadian Idol  -- Ryan Malcolm, Kalan Porter, Melissa O'Neil, Eva Avila, Brian Melo, Theo Tams
- Croatia, Hrvatski Idol  -- Žanamari Lalić, Patrick Jurdić
- Czech Republic, Česko hledá SuperStar  -- Aneta Langerová, Vlastimil Horváth
- Denmark, Idols  -- Christian Mendoza, Rikke Emma Niebuhr
- East Africa, Idols -- Eric Moyo
- Ethiopia, Ethiopian Idols 
- Finland, Idols  -- Hanna Pakarinen, Ilkka Jääskeläinen
- France, A La Recherche De La Nouvelle Star/Nouvelle Star  -- Jonatan Cerrada, Steeve Estatof, Myriam Morea
- Germany, Deutschland sucht den Superstar  -- Alexander Klaws, Elli Erl, Tobias Regner, Mark Medlock, Thomas Godoj, Daniel Schuhmacher, Mehrzad Marashi, Pietro Lombardi, Luca Hänni, Beatrice Egli, Aneta Sablik, Severino Seeger, Prince Damien Ritzinger
- Greece, Super Idol  -- Stavros Konstantinou
- Iceland, Idol Stjörnuleit  -- Kalli Bjarni, Hildur Vala Einarsdóttir, Snorri Snorrason
- India, Indian Idol  -- Abhijeet Sawant, Sandeep Acharya
- Indonesia, Indonesian Idol  -- Joy Destiny Tobing, Mike Mohede
- Kazakhstan, SuperStar KZ  -- Almas Kishkenbayev, Kayrat Tuntekov
- Latin America, Latin American Idol  - To premiere Mid 2006
- Malaysia, Malaysian Idol  -- Jaclyn Victor, Daniel Lee Chee Hun
- Netherlands, Idols  -- Jamai Loman, Boris Titulaer, Raffaëla Paton, Nikki Kerkhof, Nina den Hartog
- New Zealand, NZ Idol  -- Ben Lummis, Rosita Vai
- Norway, Idol  -- Kurt Nilsen, Kjartan Salvesen, Jorun Stiansen, Aleksander Denstad With, Glenn Lyse, Jenny Langlo, Siri Vølstad Jensen, Ingvar Olsen, Marius Samuelsen
- Philippines, Philippine Idol -- Mau Marcelo, Pinoy Idol -- Gretchen Espina
- Poland, Idol  -- Alicja Janosz, Krzysztof Zalewski, Monika Brodka, Maciej Silski
- Portugal, Ídolos  -- Nuno Norte, Sérgio Lucas
- Russia, Narodniy Artist  -- Aleksey Goman, Ruslan Alehno
- Serbia and Montenegro / Macedonia, Idol -- Cveta Majtanović, Mina Laličić
- Singapore, Singapore Idol  -- Muhammad Taufik Batisah
- Slovakia, Slovensko hľadá SuperStar  -- Katarína Koščová, Peter Cmorík
- South Africa, Idols  -- Heinz Winckler, Anke Pietrangeli, Karin Kortje, Jody Williams, Sasha-Lee Davids & Jason Hartman, Elvis Blue, Dave van Vuuren, Khaya Mthethwa, Musa Sukwene, Vincent Bones, Karabo Mogane, Noma Khumalo
- Sweden, Idol  -- Daniel Lindström, Agnes Carlsson, Markus Fagervall, Marie Picasso, Kevin Borg, Erik Grönwall, Jay Smith, Amanda Fondell, Kevin Walker, Lisa Ajax, Martin Almgren, Liam Cacatian Thomassen
- Turkey, Turkstar -- Emrah Keskin
- United States, American Idol (officially American Idol: The Search for a Superstar)  -- Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Trent Harmon
- West Africa, Idols -- Timi Dakolo
There is also a World Idol competition, however not all of the countries listed above participated in the December 2003 competition.
In addition, future series are planned for the rest of Latin America.
Movies based on Idol franchisesEdit
Unlicensed adaptations of the formatEdit
- American Juniors - consisted of only pre-teen competitors.
- Een Ster in 40 Dagen ("A Star in 40 Days"), an Idol-like show in the Netherlands with only Schlager singers and music.
- Kokhav Nolad ("A Star is Born") is an unlicensed Hebrew version of the format broadcast in Israel.
- Star Academy is a combination of the Idol and Big Brother formats. Contestants perform on an idol-like stage but also are followed and watched during their training to become a pop star. About 15 versions exist all over the world, including in some countries that also have a version of Idol, such as the UK, USA, France, Canada (French-Canadian), Pan-Arabia and South Africa. It sometimes goes by different names in these various countries, including Operación Triunfo, La Academia, Project Fame, Project Superstar, The One, Fame Academy and Akademi Fantasia.
- The X Factor - UK evolution; Wider age range of contestants, allowing groups and the 3 judges each coach one third of the contestants and decide which contestants should face the public vote. Also broadcast in Australia, Russia, the Netherlands & Belgium.
- Megasztár - Hungarian youth talent search.
- Minutes to Fame was broadcast on TVB, and now become a popular programme in Hong Kong.
- Nashville Star, strictly country version
- Nuevas Voces de América, a Spanish speaking version in Telemundo.
- Popstars Live was the Australian follow-up to Popstars but had more in common with Australian Idol than the original Popstars series.
- Project SuperStar was the Chinese idol series based in Singapore.
- Star in a Million, a Filipino production similar to Idol but incoperates variety and comedic aspects to each episode rather than the high drama of western Idol versions.
- StarMania [:http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starmania] -- Michael Tschuggnall (2002), Verena Pötzl (2003), from the Endemol Star Academy format
- Super Girl was a girls-only idol competition in China.
- The Voice, a talent show in which during the "Blind Auditions" 4 coaches have their backs turned while auditionees are performing. If a coach likes what he or she hears, they press their I Want You button and the chair turns around and the autitionee is mentored by this coach. If multiple coaches press their buttons, the auditionee chooses their mentor.
Direct parodies of the formatEdit
- Superstar USA
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