Antarctican Idol current logo.
|Genre||Interactive talent show|
|Created by||Peter Buller|
|Directed by||Peter Buller|
Charles Maniaca von Injoface (2008-2009)|
Katy Spitz (2008-2010)|
Anna Ice (2008-2016)
Cadence Williams (2011-2014)
Danny Gilbert (2009-2016)
Franky Jones (2011-2016)
Steven Johnson (2014-2016)
|Theme music composer||Petey K|
|Opening theme||"The Idol"|
|Ending theme||"Next Star"|
|Country of origin||United States of Antarctica|
|No. of seasons||5 seasons|
|No. of episodes||175 (List of episodes)|
Live shows: Metro Theatre
|Running time||Varies between 30 minutes and 2 hours|
|Production company(s)||Wulkaway Productions|
|Original channel||Penguin TV|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original airing||June 18, 2007 – November 22nd, 2016|
Antarctican Idol is a reality television competition that aims to find new solo singing talent. It was created by Peter Buller, the idea first coming into mind in 2006. It's first season then aired in June 2007. It airs on Channel 3, which comes with the Penguin TV package (which is a satellite broadcasting company). A new season airs every year. The age limit for contestants varies and are sometimes changed. There are four judges who comment on the contestants performance. Each judge also act as a mentor for some contestants. It is currently the most watched reality TV show. Then through telephone and text, viewers can vote on which contestant they like. The winners are then based on the public voting. The fifth season is currently in the auditioning stages.
- 1 Background
- 2 Judges and presenters
- 3 Selection process
- 4 Season synopsis
- 5 Television ratings
- 6 Critical reception
- 7 Charity singles
- 8 Trivia
The creator of the show, Peter Buller, wanted to start a project in which he would get together all the best "rookie-singers" in Antarctica. The idea came into thought in early 2006 where Peter, aged 28 at the time, started advertising in local newspapers, telling penguins to come to his igloo if they could sing. Peter Buller was, and still is, best friends with K.J. Soetum, who is the founder of Club Penguin Music Records - so he asked him if he could sign some artists. Soetum suggested that he went to a broadcasting and a distributing company first. Soetum gave Peter the contact details for Wulkaway Productions and Penguin TV. Both companies described the idea as "very original and entertaining". The two companies worked together; Penguin TV getting time slots and Wulkaway investing money and booking locations. Newspaper advertisements stopped and then Penguin TV started to heavily advertise the show on Channel 3, asking for "penguins with singing talent to come and audition in the Club Penguin Stadium from June 2, 2007." It took Buller five working days to think of the name of the show in later May 2007 - "Antarctican Idol". The name is now parodied immensely.
The producers were looking for a good host for the show, and had auditions. One of the people who made the cut was Charles Maniaca von Injoface. He was only 17 years old, and the hosts were hesitant to let him in since he was related to Mabel- but had a lot of charisma and spoke loudly, so they decided he would be a perfect host for the show
The auditions for singers were quite successful - 143 penguins showed up at the Stadium. For the remaining week and the next week, everyday, auditions were taken by Buller and Soetum, who took places as judges. Every contestant was given a day to show up. The show remained adequately famous for the first season. Adverts rose rapidly on Channel 3, telling viewers to watch Antarctican Idol. The first season started officially from Monday, June 18, 2007, and three episodes aired every week - one on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. After 11 weeks (33 episodes all together up to August 20), the last week focused on the semi-final on Wednesday and the final on Sunday.
Antarctican Idol got very popular during Season 2, and by Season 3 the show was very, very popular - gaining millions of viewers during every episode. Investments into the show increased, as so did auditions and contestants. Club Penguin Music Records became the record label the winner was signed to ever since Season 1. From Season 5, rules began the change, and it is now being reported that Soetum is thinking of signing some contestants who won't even win (if he sees anyone good that doesn't win but still deserves a contract). Two episodes air live every weekend from March 2011.
Judges and presenters
From Season 2 onwards in 2008 the concept of episode-airing changed, along with much more publicity and production changes. The show's original presenter was Charles Maniaca von Injoface, but he left to peruse projects like Absolute Thespian Islet. They gained new a presenter, Kermit O'Riley, who still presents every season. They also gained official judges (as Soetum as very busy with his record label and Buller had other work with the show). Anna Ice was hired as a judge - as was Katy Spitz for Season 2-4. For Season 2 there were two judges, then Season 3-4 there were three judges (Katy, Anna and Danny) and in the current season there are four judges. Katy Spitz judging contract expired after Season 4, and was replaced with Cadence, and Franky additionally, making the first time there has been four judges.
However, Cadence announced that because she was going to be a judge on the upcoming reality show The CP Factor, she would not be returning as a judge for Season 8. She was replaced by Stompin' Bob. Kermit O'Riley also announced that since he was going to be the host of The CP Factor, he would not be returning as host for Season 8 making Season 7 his last series as the host for the show. He was replaced by Zack Ermit.
- June 18, 2007 – October 21, 2007 (29 shows)
- June 16, 2008 – October 19, 2008 (29 shows)
- August 1, 2009 – December 20, 2009 (35 shows)
- August 7, 2010 – December 12, 2010 (33 shows)
- July 30, 2011 – December 18, 2011 (35 shows)
- August 2012 – December 2012 (27 shows)
- June 5th, 2013 - October 7, 2013 (32 shows)
- June 3, 2014 - October 22, 2014 (39 shows)
- June 22, 2015 - November 10, 2015 (36 shows)
- July 4, 2016 - November 22, 2016 (41 shows)