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Australian Idol: Marcia Hines’ classy message to the new judges

Australian Idol EXCLUSIVE: Marcia Hines’ classy message to the new judges – after she accepted ‘long ago’ she wouldn’t be a part of the reboot

The new Australian Idol panel was revealed last week with former judge Marcia Hines notably missing from the line-up.

The American-born singer, 69, who appeared on the original show’s panel from 2003 to 2009, was in talks with Seven to return for the reboot, but they decided to go in another direction, Daily Mail Australia can reveal.

‘Marica was in regular contact with Idol producers and there may have been an opportunity for her to be a small part of the production,’ her manager confirmed.

The new Australian Idol panel was revealed last week with former judge Marcia Hines (pictured) notably missing from the line-up 

Her representative added that Marcia ‘long ago accepted that she would not be a part of the judging panel of the new version of Australian Idol’.

‘It has never been an expectation that she would be invited back,’ they said.

‘She has just got on with her working life and wishes the new team well – particularly Kyle, who is a dear and old friend of hers.

‘Not that she would have said no had she been invited, but you can’t change the constant need in television for evolution and change.’ 

The American-born singer, 69, who appeared on the original show's panel from 2003 to 2009, was in talks with Seven to return for the reboot, but they decided to go in another direction. Marcia is pictured with fellow judges Mark Holden (left) and Kyle Sandilands (right) in 2009

The American-born singer, 69, who appeared on the original show’s panel from 2003 to 2009, was in talks with Seven to return for the reboot, but they decided to go in another direction. Marcia is pictured with fellow judges Mark Holden (left) and Kyle Sandilands (right) in 2009

The upcoming season sees Sandilands return to the panel alongside singers Amy Shark, Harry Connick Jr. and Meghan Trainor.

Back in October, Marcia said she would be honoured to come back to the show, if that was what producers wanted.

‘If I were asked, I would be honoured to return,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

The reboot sees Kyle Sandilands (bottom right) return to the panel alongside singers Amy Shark (top right), Harry Connick Jr. (top left) and Meghan Trainor (bottom left)

The reboot sees Kyle Sandilands (bottom right) return to the panel alongside singers Amy Shark (top right), Harry Connick Jr. (top left) and Meghan Trainor (bottom left)

Marcia said at the time she was confident Aussies would still want to watch Idol, even though it had been off the air for 13 years.

‘I would like to think Australian Idol, being the pioneer of all the music shows that now exist, is still in the hearts and minds of the general public here in Australia,’ she said.

‘I’d call it a return of Idol and I can’t see how it would be a bad thing.’ 

Back in October, Marcia (pictured with Ian 'Dicko' Dickson and Mark Holden) said she would be honoured to come back to the show, if that was what producers wanted

Back in October, Marcia (pictured with Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and Mark Holden) said she would be honoured to come back to the show, if that was what producers wanted 

Marcia remains hopeful Idol will not lose its integrity even if the format is changed to be closer to The Voice, in which the judges have more of a coaching role.

‘From the very start it was original,’ she said.

‘If they were to rejig it I don’t doubt they would have some great new ideas up their sleeve.’

Marcia was a judge on all seven seasons of Australian Idol from 2003 to 2009. Pictured with Dicko (right) Kyle Sandilands (left), who joined in 2005

Marcia was a judge on all seven seasons of Australian Idol from 2003 to 2009. Pictured with Dicko (right) Kyle Sandilands (left), who joined in 2005



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