Pop IdolPop Idol is a British television series shown on ITV; the show is a contest to determine the best young singer in Great Britain. The United States series American Idol was based on Pop Idol, as is Australian Idol, currently running (September 2003).
In the show, people first audition before four judges (Pete Waterman, Simon Cowell, Nicki Chapman and Dr Fox). Eventually, the performers are narrowed down to ten finalists. After that, each contestant performs live. Viewers have several hours following the broadcast of the show to phone in their votes for their favorite contestant. On the following night's episode (live again), the contestant with the fewest votes is sent home.
The show is presented by British television personalities Ant and Dec