NEW YORK – American Idol could go global.
The show's creator is mulling the possibility of creating an Olympic-sized version of the talent competition, pitting the winners of different versions from around the world against each other in a massive international competition, tentatively called World Idol, reports Billboard magazine.
"We'll have winners from different countries around the world competing against each other," says Idol creator (and former Spice Girls manager) Simon Fuller.
The show, which began as Pop Idol last year in the U.K. has since rolled out different versions across the globe, including the hit reality series currently airing on Fox.
The format has also been a hit in Poland and South Africa and plans are underway to air versions in Germany and France later this year.
Talks are reportedly underway for the show to pop up in several other countries.
For World Idol, viewers on different continents would vote via phone or online to select the winner.
"My intention is the whole world will vote," Fuller says. "We'll work on the voting system so that the population of the country will be fair and proportional to the votes the contestants receive."
Fuller said the success of his show is derived from the power the audience has to select the winner.
"A lot of people at record companies forget the audience, and they make records for themselves. Music should be celebrated as something that a lot of people should hear," he said.
Idol, a cross between Survivor and Star Search, airs live, twice a week on Fox. On Tuesdays, contestants perform live. After the show, viewers call in phone number to vote for which contestant they want to advance to the next round.