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  Pop Idol II auditions put on hold
Updated 28 October 2002, 07.24
Will Young
Pop Idol II has been put on hold because the people behind the programme are worried viewers are bored with the idea.

The auditions for the second series of the show have been put back to spring or summer next year.

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Thames, who make the show for ITV, think people are bored of TV talent shows, and say less people than expected are watching Fame Academy on the BBC.

Fame Academy
Fame Academy isn't a ratings hit
A Thames spokesperson said: "Pop Idol was the first voting show. What Pop Idol has done, which Fame Accademy has not, is give the public time to fall in love with the contestants.

"But there is the danger of overkill - it is something we are aware of.

"The last show of Pop Idol finished in February and it is now felt it is better to have a longer break between the two series."

Still a huge hit in the States

However the series is going ahead in the US, with thousands of hopefuls queuing in Atlanta at the first auditions for the second series of American Idol.

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