Television Business International

Fox working on Israeli singing format

Formats-headerThe Final FourUS broadcaster Fox is working on a shiny floor singing competition with Israel’s Armoza Formats despite last year cancelling American Idol.

The currently untitled project has not yet been greenlit, according to US trades, though ABC’s decision to revive American Idol is thought to have sped up development.

The format reportedly sees four finalists selected in the premiere episode, with new contestants trying to steal a slot in subsequent weeks before a winner is named.

Armoza has been shopping the format under the tile of The Final Four internationally (pictured). However, the US show will have a different name.

Banijay Group companies Magnolia Italy and Magnolia Spain are working on local versions, with rights also sold in France and Norway.

In February, Fox named Rob Wade as its head of alternative programming, and this would mark his first major bet.

International formats have proven a mixed bag for Fox, with Talpa Media’s Utopia a failure back in 2014. The X Factor ran on the channel between 2011 and 2013, but was cancelled after three seasons, while Kitchen Nightmares ran for seven years.

MasterChef, So You Think You Can Dance and Hell’s Kitchen are international formats that remain on the network.