Fremantle wins Singapore Idol reorder

Production giant FremantleMedia has secured Singapore Idol a third season on Mediacorp TV Singapore, with transmission set for August.

The series will again be hosted by Singaporean actor Gurmit Singh and co-hosted by last season's Singapore Idol and reigning Asian Idol, Hady Mirza. Returning to the judging panel is musician Dick Lee, Mediacorp Radio MD Florence Lian and music producer Ken Lim.

FremantleMedia CEO Patrick Schult said: "With a record turnout of applicants, we have seen some great talent and also some not so great, who were very entertaining all the same.

"FremantleMedia has taken the Idols programme to more than 40 countries around the world with great success. Singapore has been waiting a long time for another Singapore Idol and I don't think it will be disappointed."


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Hady Mirza to co-host S'pore Idol

IT IS confirmed. Hady Mirza, winner of the 2006 Singapore Idol, will co-host the third season of the talent competition with Gurmit Singh.

The format of the popular reality TV show, which returns to Channel 5 on Aug 9 at 8.30pm, has also been tweaked.

Hady, who was also Asian Idol champion in 2007, will have his own segment where he mentors Idol wannabes.

'I will be playing big brother to the contestants,' the 28-year-old told Life! at The Cathay on Friday.

'I've gone through the same things these people will go through during the competition, so I can give them advice based on my experience.'


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