TORONTO - CTV has partnered with 10 other international broadcasters to produce World Idol, a two-part television special to crown the world's "ultimate pop superstar."
Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm will compete against Idol winners from 10 other countries including Kelly Clarkson, the American Idol winner.
To be recorded in London, England the show will air in Canada on December 25th, from 8 to 10 p.m. EST. Part two will be shown a week later on January 1st at 8:00 p.m.
The Christmas Day show will feature performances by all 11 competitors, with audience voting taking place after the program airs. Population differences between the countries will be taken into consideration when the votes are tabulated, and the results will be revealed during the show one week later.
Since it premiered as Pop Idol on ITV in the United Kingdom in October 2001, the Idols format has broken ratings records and won numerous industry awards in over 20 countries. Idols winners and finalists, including Canada's Ryan Malcolm, have gone on to become recording artists with various levels of success.
Canadian Idol proved very popular here as it finished as Canada's most-watched (English-language) Canadian series since the advent of electronic measurement (1989). Nielsen Media Research figures showed that almost 6.5 million viewers tuned in during the two-hour finale, which finished with an average audience of 3.01 million viewers, the highest rated episode of the 26-part series.
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