The show which began in 2004, taking example from the earlier American Idol and Australian Idol shows, NZ takes its turn to produce a show that hopes to provide the country with a successful long-term recording artist. The first season eventually brought about a number of potential artists in the making with 25 year old Benjamin Lummis eventually taking out the title, although strong competition was put up by runner up 17-year old Michael Murphy from Taupo, and 28 year old single mum Camillia Temple from Hamilton. He released the single \\\'They Can\\\'t Take That Away\\\' which reached platinum status on the NZ music charts. Unfortunately he was later dropped by his record label, and has failed to release any successful hits since.
The second series saw 24 year old Rosita Vai from Auckland go head to head in the final with 27 year old Nik Carlson from Masterton. Her single \\\'All I Ask\\\' has also failed in it\\\'s longevity, although a new album is scheduled to be released sometime this year.
The third series is coming to a close with 21 year old Indira Moala from Auckland vying for the title against Matthew Saunoa, 21 from Levin in the lower North Island region of Horowhenua.
It remains to be seen whether this series will continue beyond this season as both TVNZ who currently hosts the show has plans to drop it due to falling ratings and rival channel TV3 who has no interest in picking it up on their network.