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Friday, 14 June, 2002, 08:15 GMT 09:15 UK
US Pop Idol proves ratings hit
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American Idol began this week
The US version of Pop Idol has proved a huge ratings winner for the TV network Fox after only two episodes of the talent search show.

American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, is the American interpretation of ITV1's hit Pop Idol - the contest that discovered chart-toppers Will Young and Gareth Gates.

The first programme to go out in the US on Tuesday brought Fox its best ratings in the evening slot of 8.30pm for more than a year, attracting 9.9 million viewers.

UK contestants Gareth Gates and Will Young
The UK version made stars of Gates (left) and Young

And the second show on Wednesday brought in even more, despite being broadcast at the same time as the fourth, and final, game of the National Basketball Association championship series.

Pop Idol in the UK proved a big ratings success for ITV1 and Fox is hoping its version will do the same as the competition for audience share hots up over the summer.

Early predictions look good as the audience went up by 12% to 11 million for its hour-long programme on Wednesday.

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The first show on Tuesday brought together more than 10,000 would-be pop stars from across the country for a series of interviews and auditions.

The judges narrowed that field to 120 on the first night, and to 30 on the second.

From next week, viewer participation will begin with the public being able to vote for their favourite contestants.

This was a crucial winning element to the UK version, drawing people back show after show.

In each of the next three weeks, a group of 10 remaining contestants will perform on the air.

The judges will eliminate one. Viewers will then choose which of the remaining nine they like best by dialling a freephone number.

The three contestants with the most votes in the next three weeks will go through.

Pop Idol took the UK by storm when it began at the end of 2001, continuing into early 2002.

But Fox will be conscious that the novelty of British imports can wear off.

It has just pulled its previous ratings hits Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and The Weakest Link after seeing a big slump in viewer numbers.

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