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Kyle Sandilands announces Australian Idol star Mark Holden is DEAD even though he's alive


Kyle Sandilands has raised eyebrows by mistakenly announcing that Mark Holden is dead – despite the fact he is very much still alive at age 68. 

The bizarre moment occurred early on Wednesday’s Kyle And Jackie O Show as Sandilands revealed celebrity judging panel for Seven’s Australian Idol reboot.

The highly-anticipated lineup includes Sandilands, Australian singer Amy Shark, and American stars Meghan Trainor and Harry Connick Jr. 

Kyle Sandilands has raised eyebrows by mistakenly announcing that Mark Holden is dead - despite the fact he is very much still alive at age 68.

Kyle Sandilands has raised eyebrows by mistakenly announcing that Mark Holden is dead – despite the fact he is very much still alive at age 68.

After revealing the judges on-air, Sandilands told his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson that he wished former judge Marcia Hines was also part of the rebooted panel. 

‘Well you can’t just bring back everyone that was on it,’ Henderson replied, to which Sandilands agreed, ‘No. Well, Mark [Holden] is dead.’

Holden was one of the three original judges on Australian Idol but has not been invited to return to the panel for the reboot. 

The bizarre moment occurred early on Wednesday's Kyle And Jackie O Show as Sandilands revealed celebrity judging panel for Seven's Australian Idol reboot

The bizarre moment occurred early on Wednesday’s Kyle And Jackie O Show as Sandilands revealed celebrity judging panel for Seven’s Australian Idol reboot

‘No he’s not!’ Henderson replied. ‘Isn’t he? Oh…’ Sandilands muttered, adding: ‘He’s all but dead, I feel.’

Henderson conceded however that Holden wouldn’t be a great pick for the show due to his battle with osteoporosis. 

udges (L-R) Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Marcia Hines and Mark Holden attend the finale of the second Australian Idol at the Opera House November 22, 2004 in Sydney

udges (L-R) Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Marcia Hines and Mark Holden attend the finale of the second Australian Idol at the Opera House November 22, 2004 in Sydney

Sandilands agreed: ‘Well, you can’t be jiggling around a bloody bag of bones in some kind of protective layer of jelly all over the country. I do like Mark. Gee, Mark and I had fun.’ 

Sandilands, Holden and Hines appeared together as judges on the show from 2005 to 2007. 

Australian Idol is famous for discovering a string of top-selling artists and spawning chart-topping hit singles. 

‘You could be joining the ranks of superstar Aussies Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Matt Corby, Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Stan Walker, Casey Donovan and Courtney Act, and international icons Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and more, all of whom launched their brilliant careers on the Idol stage’, the network said. 

Applications are open at an official casting site, with hopefuls 'from anywhere in Australia' aged between 15 and 28 invited to showcase their talents. Pictured: Rob Mills on Australian Idol in 2003

Applications are open at an official casting site, with hopefuls ‘from anywhere in Australia’ aged between 15 and 28 invited to showcase their talents. Pictured: Rob Mills on Australian Idol in 2003

Seven announced plans for an Idol reboot back in 2020 – at the time, the network slated the show for 2022, but it is now going ahead in 2023 instead. 

Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Programming, said at the time: ‘Idol is the granddaddy of them all! The biggest show in the world comes to Seven in 2022, and we know Australians are going to love it.

‘We can’t wait to bring Idol back to Australian audiences in 2022, putting our prime time content line-up even further ahead of the competition.’

The talent show is famous for discovering a string of top-selling artists, including Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Ricki-Lee Coulter. Pictured: Season one winner Guy Sebastian performing in Sydney in 2003

The talent show is famous for discovering a string of top-selling artists, including Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Ricki-Lee Coulter. Pictured: Season one winner Guy Sebastian performing in Sydney in 2003

‘We’re home to the biggest franchises in television at Seven, and Idol is the biggest of them all. Bring on 2022!’ Ross added.

Based on the global Pop Idol format – the most-watched TV franchise in history – Australian Idol aired from 2003 to 2009 on Channel 10. 

Channel 10 had originally bought rights to the Idol franchise for $15million in 2003.

The first season was a ratings bonanza and attracted more viewers than major events such as the AFL Grand Final.

Unlike other singing shows, Australian Idol has a track record for making bona fide stars, the most notable being its inaugural winner, Guy Sebastian.

Unlike other singing shows, Australian Idol has a track record for making bona fide stars, the most notable being its inaugural winner, Guy Sebastian

Unlike other singing shows, Australian Idol has a track record for making bona fide stars, the most notable being its inaugural winner, Guy Sebastian

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