Idol (Norwegian TV series)
|Idol: Jakten på en superstjerne|
|Created by||Simon Fuller|
|Presented by||Solveig Kloppen
Kåre Magnus Bergh
|Judges||Jan Fredrik Karlsen
|Country of origin||Norway|
|No. of seasons||9|
|Distributor||FremantleMedia Enterprises & TV 2|
|Original release||January 2003– present|
Idol: Jakten på en superstjerne is a television show on the Norwegian television channel TV 2, based on the popular British show Pop Idol. The show describes itself as a "Search For A SuperStar". The contestants are first narrowed down to 100 contestants, and then down to 24-50 through several auditions and tests by a panel of judges. From this point on, the viewers decide who are in and who are out, and the judges limit themselves to commenting. TV viewers being what they are, the votes are based not solely on the singers vocal performance, but also on his or her looks, clothes, entertainment value, and other factors. In the first four seasons the agelimit for participation was 16–28 years old. In season five it was changed to 16-35.
Idol in Norway is unique in that contestants have been allowed to perform self composed songs since the first season in 2003.
In the first season (2003), 50 people were narrowed down to 10, with each contestant performing live. However, the official number of legal contestants was narrowed down to nine when Idol-finalist Jeanette Vik was disqualified for being underage. Tone Anette Eidsheim Elde who had been eliminated in the very first finalshow got a second chance. Four judges provided critiques of each competitor's performance. Viewers had several hours following the broadcast of the show to phone in their votes for their favorite contestant. Later the same night, the contestant with the fewest votes was sent home.
In the second season (2004) they changed the procedures a bit. First the contestants were narrowed down to 40 instead of 50. Then, after four shows where 2 of 10 were voted forward in each show, a fifth show was aired, where eight "wildcards" selected by the judges from all of the earlier contestants competed for the two last places. In addition to these 10 finalists, the judges picked a final 11th contestant, Håkon Njøten.
The third season (2005) was a bit different as well. First the contestants were narrowed down to 50. Then, after five shows where 2 of 10 were voted forward in each show. But the judges were not pleased and got to take two more straight to final, Erik Flaa and David Bakke, making the total of finalists to 12.
The fourth season (2006) was, yet again, a bit different. First the contestants were narrowed down to 40. Then after five shows where 2 of 8 were voted forward in each show, a sixth show was aired, where eight "wildcards" selected by the judges from all the earlier contestants competed for the two last places, making the total of finalists to 12. Before the third finalshow Iselin Andresen withdrew from the competition, and the last person to be eliminated, Audun Rensel, was given a second chance. But as he declined and Siri Helene Erland, who was originally eliminated in the very first finalshow returned instead.
Aleksander Denstad With won season four, with Jonas Thomassen coming in second. Aleksander got 55% of the votes.
The fifth season finished airing in December 2007 on TV2. This season the age limit was changed from 16-28 to 16-35.
The fifth season of Idol in Norway saw contestants able to perform with an instrument at any stage of the competition whereas other adaptations of Idol that have introduced live instrumentation only allow the concept at certain times during the show.
In 2011 a sixth season was announced making the show return after being off-air for nearly four years. The age limit is again 16-35 and auditions are currently held in Oslo (April 18), Trondheim (May 9), Stavanger (May 16) and Bergen.
In 2013, a seventh season was commissioned after a two-year break. The age limit was set to 16-35, and the show was hosted by Stian Blipp.
Siri Vølstad Jensen won season seven, with Eirik Søfteland coming in second. Siri won with 55% of the received votes and became the youngest winner of Idol in Norway ever, beating previous winner Jenny Langlo by a year.
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