The search for New Zealand's next Idol has started. Thousands of hopeful Kiwi singers aged between 16 and 28 have sent in their registration forms for NZ Idol, for their chance to shine in front of the judges, and all of New Zealand.
One of these applicants will become New Zealand's next superstar, and win the opportunity of a lifetime - a recording contract with Sony BMG.
The potential contestants had to impress the judges in a nationwide selection process, which is concluded this past weekend in Wellington.
The series will deliver the highs and lows of the auditions as the judges - Paul Ellis, Jackie Clarke and Frankie Stevens - deliver their verdict on the performances - and what they have to say won't always be favourable, but then, the road to fame is sometimes rocky.
Once the judges have selected their top contestants from the auditions, the viewing public will have the opportunity to judge the performances for themselves through a text and telephone voting system. The top 24 will be culled down to the top 10 and then it's really down to business. It's up to each contestant to prove they have the singing talent and charisma to make it in one of the world's most competitive industries - or be voted off the series.
After nine gruelling weeks the final two contestants will compete to win over the hearts and votes of the viewers. The journey will end at the live grand final when we will learn who will be the next NZ Idol.