Idols (Finland)

Idols (Finland)

Idols is a Finnish reality-television singing competition that airs on MTV3 (and formerly also on Sub). It debuted in the summer of 2003, and went on to become one of the most popular shows on Finnish television. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, which was first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.

The program seeks to discover the best unsigned singer in Finland through a series of nationwide auditions, and the outcomes of the later stages of the competition are determined by public phone voting.

The four original judges were music executives Jone Nikula and Asko Kallonen, and songwriter-producers Hannu Korkeamäki and Nanna Mikkonen. The current judging panel consists of Nikula, singer Laura Voutilainen, and music manager Tommi Liimatainen. The show is hosted by television presenters Heikki Paasonen and Niina Backman. Former hosts include Ellen Jokikunnas and Jani Toivola.

In the five seasons to date, its winners have been Hanna Pakarinen, Ilkka Jääskeläinen, Ari Koivunen, Koop Arponen, Martti Saarinen and Diandra Flores. Saarinen was the oldest winner at 30 whilst Flores was the youngest at 17. To date, Idols contestants have collectively sold over a million records throughout Finland. Idols is also unique throughout the Idol franchise because so far, the first or second runner-up of almost each season has in fact gone on to become more commercially successful than the winner.

Following the completion of its fourth season, Idols was placed on a hiatus and replaced in 2010 by the X Factor, a new reality singing competition originating from the United Kingdom's version, created by music executive Simon Cowell. However, due to the low ratings of X Factor, MTV3 announced in May 2010, that Idols would return after a two-year hiatus. The fifth season aired in 2011, and the sixth season premiered in January, 2012.

Read more about Idols (Finland):  Audition Cities, Judges, Top-selling Idols Alumni Albums, Best-selling Idols Alumni Songs

Famous quotes containing the word idols:

    “The idols have seen lots of poverty,
    Snakes and gold and lice,
    But not the truth....”
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)