EXCLUSIVE: Marcia Hines’ Australian Idol reboot deal

New details about the reality TV favourite emerge.
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With the 2023 reboot of Australian Idol well underway, February 13 marks the first round of Top 50 head-to-heads. As we wait to see how the contestants will survive under the Idol pressure, tonight’s episode preview reveals that a familiar favourite will also be returning to our screens.

WATCH: Marcia Hines on Australian Idol and discovering Guy Sebastian

Marcia Hines was one of the three original judges on the hit show alongside Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and Mark Holden, when it first aired on Network Ten.

With the current panel consisting of Amy Shark, Meghan Trainor, Kyle Sandilands, and Harry Connick Jr., Hines is set to join the panel tonight!

And by the looks of things, she’ll be filling in for Meghan before she arrives back in Australia.

WATCH: Marcia Hines on Australian Idol 2023. Article continues after video.

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Joining their ranks? Former Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines (pictured with “mean judges” Kyle Sandilands, left, and Ian “Dicko” Dickinson, right) could be back – but this time as a controversial judge. (Credit: Getty)

Speaking to New Idea in 2021, when gearing up for the present reboot, a source spoke to Hines’ ‘twist’ contribution.

“Dicko was always known as the ’mean judge’ but producers are keen for Marcia to step up as the tough and controversial judge this time round,” says the source.

“However, the decision has left Dicko feeling a bit hurt as he feels like he has been overlooked for the series.”

Meanwhile, former contestant Rob Mills was offered to host the reboot. 

“Wouldn’t it be great if there was an Australian Idol alumni to host a new series of Australian Idol?” he told TV Tonight.

Ultimately, these positions were filled by Ricki-Lee and Scott Tweedie.

Hines will join the judging panel tonight. (Credit: Channel Seven)

Speaking about her judging style to Channel Seven, Hines shared, “I’ve always thought constructive criticism is the way to go because that’s how I was taught, coming up.”

Channel Seven premiered their reboot of Australian Idol in January of 2023, 14 years after it’s last season wrapped.

Australian Idol launched the careers of many Aussie artists including Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Shannon Noll, and Casey Donovan.

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