Australian Idol 2023: Judge Kyle Sandilands shows off his softer side


Kyle Sandilands shows off his softer side in new trailer for Channel Seven’s Australian Idol reboot

Channel Seven’s Australian Idol reboot is set to hit screens on Monday, January 30.

And a new trailer for the singing competition offers a preview of some promising young talent.

Even judge Kyle Sandilands, who is known for his harsh verdicts on TV talent shows, seems impressed by the auditions.

Even Kyle Sandilands, who is known for his harsh verdicts on talent shows, seems impressed by the auditions in a new trailer for Australian Idol, which premieres on Monday, January 30

The radio presenter shares the judging panel with ARIA winner Amy Shark, pop star Meghan Trainor and American music legend Harry Connick Jr.

The trailer begins with the panel listening to one promising Idol wannabe, before cutting to a montage of all four judges’ enthusiastic responses.

‘Totally a yes from me,’ says Kyle.

Meghan tells another singer, ‘You are a star!’, which leaves the young hopeful overwhelmed with surprise.

The radio presenter shares the judging panel with ARIA winner Amy Shark, pop star Meghan Trainor and American music legend Harry Connick Jr. (pictured)

The radio presenter shares the judging panel with ARIA winner Amy Shark, pop star Meghan Trainor and American music legend Harry Connick Jr. (pictured)

Reacting to another audition, Kyle tells one fresh-faced singer: ‘This is exactly what I’m looking for.’

Other scenes featured in the trailer show the cast and judges visiting a spectacular Outback location.

The new preview contrasts with an earlier teaser released last month.

Meghan Trainor tells another singer, 'You are a star!', which leaves the young hopeful (pictured) overwhelmed with surprise

Meghan Trainor tells another singer, ‘You are a star!’, which leaves the young hopeful (pictured) overwhelmed with surprise 

In that promo, Kyle delivered some harsh truths to several lacklustre hopefuls, leaving his fellow judges stunned.

‘No way, you’re crazy. That’s a bunch of crazy,’ he told one contestant, who gave an off-key performance.

When another disappointing singer tells him they’ve never performed in front of a crowd, Kyle hits back: ‘Yes, that is evident.’ 

ARIA-winning musician Amy Shark (pictured) is taken aback by one singer's audition

ARIA-winning musician Amy Shark (pictured) is taken aback by one singer’s audition

However, Kyle was impressed by one performer who gave a heartfelt rendition of Split Enz’s Message to My Girl.

‘You’ve got the potential to go all the way. I loved it,’ he told her.

Earlier this year, the KIIS FM star promised viewers they won’t be getting a politically correct Kyle when he returns to screens as a judge on Australian Idol.

Judge Meghan Trainor (right) embraces a young hopeful (left) during the auditions

Judge Meghan Trainor (right) embraces a young hopeful (left) during the auditions

‘Oh my god, are you kidding?’ he told Daily Mail Australia when asked if he’d let woke culture stifle his famously unfiltered persona on the family-friendly show.

Kyle added that his role on the judging panel is to ‘cut through the rubbish’.

Channel Seven first announced plans for an Australian Idol reboot back in 2020.

At the time, the network slated the show for a 2022 release, but it’s now going ahead in the first quarter of 2023 instead.

Australian Idol premieres on Channel Seven and 7plus on Monday, January 30, from 7.30pm and continues on Tuesday and Wednesday

Australian Idol premieres on Channel Seven and 7plus on Monday, January 30, from 7.30pm and continues on Tuesday and Wednesday

Australian Idol premieres on Channel Seven and 7plus on Monday, January 30, from 7.30pm and continues on Tuesday and Wednesday 

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