Herald Sun - Switched On - - Cover Story -

SHOULD Chan­nel 10 have per­sisted with Aus­tralian Idol? That is the ques­tion some pun­dits have been ask­ing af­ter mon­ster rat­ings for Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent and Seven’s de­ci­sion to com­mis­sion a sec­ond se­ries of The X Fac­tor. Idol lasted seven sea­sons and Ian Dick­son says Ten made the right de­ci­sion to end the show. ‘‘(Ten pro­gram di­rec­tor) David Mott asked me about it. He said ‘Are we do­ing the right thing?’ and I said ‘Yes’,’’ Dick­son says. ‘‘It would have been ter­ri­ble to see Idol, which I loved and the coun­try loved, die the death of a thou­sand cuts. ‘‘Far bet­ter to give it a swift chop to the neck and can it. The first two years were bril­liant. You’re never go­ing to re­peat that magic (with later sea­sons). ‘‘If I’m hon­est, it prob­a­bly went for two sea­sons too many.’’

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