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Marcia Hines reveals how much Australian Idol means to her as she prepares to return

Marcia Hines reveals how much Australian Idol means to her as she prepares to rejoin the judging panel in 2024 to replace Meghan Trainor

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Marcia Hines is delighted to return to the judging panel for Australian Idol in 2024. 

The singer, 69, appeared on the singing competition as a judge during its first seven seasons, and she’s taking her seat at the table once again. 

‘I was surprised and delighted because I really love that gig. I don’t know if people realised how much it meant to me,’ she told the Daily Telegraph. 

‘Why? Because like me, they just want to sing, they want to find a career in singing,’ the pop star added. 

The American-Australian star says that she can thank Australian Idol for heralding her career comeback. 

Marcia Hines (pictured) is delighted to return to the judging panel for Australian Idol in 2024

‘I think Idol started the resurgence and then I kept being in people’s consciousness, not too big, not too small, just a presence,’ she said. 

Meghan Trainor has stepped down following the birth of her son Barry, Marcia will return to the show’s reboot for the ninth season. 

Marcia made a cameo in season eight alongside Kyle Sandilands, Amy Shark and Harry Connick Jr while Meghan, 29, was in New York. 

The Never Knew Love Like This Before hitmaker acted as a judge in the top 50 rounds for three episodes, and is delighted to say it has become a permanent position.  

The big shakeup comes just days after a source suggested it was ‘unlikely’ Meghan would return for the next season of Australian Idol. 

The American-Australian singer is a veteran of the singing competition after acting as a judge for all seven seasons of the original series. Pictured with Kyle Sandilands and Ian 'Dicko' Dickson in 2008

The American-Australian star says that she can thank Australian Idol for heralding her career comeback

‘Although nothing is final yet, it’s unlikely Meghan will return as she’s just given birth and will have a newborn baby when the auditions start,’ the insider revealed.

‘Producers are willing to do anything to sign her back up and be as accommodating to her family as possible, but logistically it’d be difficult as the days are so long on set.’

It seems those negotiations, if there were any, did indeed fall through.

Marcia and Kyle, 52, are the only two judges to have returned from the original series, to the disgruntlement of Mark Holden and Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson. 

Meghan Trainor, 29, (pictured) has stepped down following the birth of her son Barry, Marcia will return to the show's reboot for the ninth season

Dicko, 60, has been very vocal about his disdain of the new series after he wasn’t invited back to the reboot. 

He even went so far as to call up Mark, 69, to slam the revamped show for its use of the iconic ‘touchdown’ catchphrase. 

The media personality said he contacted Mark, who coined the iconic line, and said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the ‘f**ked’ decision. 

Dicko went on to say Mark’s use of the memorable ‘touchdown’ phrase was ‘genius’ but the Seven Network reboot made it ‘look so poor’.

Despite his numerous complaints about the competition’s subpar ‘production values’ and lackluster voices, Dicko insisted he isn’t bitter about not being invited back. 

Marcia made a cameo in season eight alongside Kyle Sandilands, 52, Amy Shark, 37, and Harry Connick Jr, 55, while Meghan was in New York. All pictured

Marcia and Kyle are the only two judges to have returned from the original series, to the disgruntlement of Mark Holden, 69, and Ian 'Dicko' Dickson, 60 (both pictured in 2004)

When asked if he was just angry over being snubbed as a return judge alongside Mark and Marcia Hines, he scoffed and said it would be ridiculous to return.

Mark also admitted to being ‘disappointed’ by Australian Idol’s use of his catchphrase, which he once said ‘erupted’ out of him when a singer displayed exceptional talent.

The former pop star told the Herald Sun in April he’s ‘hurt’ Channel Seven ignored him and used the line without his permission, twisting the original concept into something else.

New judges Amy, 37, Kyle, Harry, 55, and Meghan each had a ‘touchdown’ to be used on a contestant, which fast tracked the singer to the top 12.

Dicko has been very vocal about his disdain of the new series after he wasn't invited back to the reboot. He even went so far as to call up Mark to slam the revamped show for its use of the iconic 'touchdown' catchphrase. Pictured together in 2004

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