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Idol judge Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson reveals why he’s NOT watching The Voice

Ex-Australian Idol judge Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson reveals why he’s NOT watching The Voice Australia


He was the judge with a mean streak on Australian Idol.

But Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson has revealed he’s not watching Idol’s modern-day equivalent, The Voice Australia, because his wife ‘won’t let’ him.

He made the admission during an interview with Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa on Thursday.  

Not watching: He was the judge with a mean streak on Australian Idol, but Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson says he isn’t watching Idol’s modern-day equivalent, The Voice, because his wife ‘won’t let’ him

‘No, I don’t watch those shows mainly because my wife won’t let me because I just sit there shouting at the television and she just says, “Look, you’re not a judge anymore. They’ve moved on, they’ve got proper people now!”‘ said the music executive, 58. 

Radio co-host Sarah McGilvray asked Dicko if he’d been invited to return for the Australian Idol reboot in 2022. 

‘No, they didn’t. I think it would be really hard for them to go back to the old team. I mean we are so old, they’d have to get ramp access for all three judges,’ he joked. 

Dicko then reminisced about the first season’s finale, which saw Guy Sebastian beat Shannon Noll, and the ‘iconic’ judging panel comprising him, Mark Holden and Marcia Hines.

Remember this? During an interview on Fitzy & Wippa on Thursday, Dicko reminisced about the first season's finale, which saw Guy Sebastian beat Shannon Noll, and the 'iconic' judging panel comprising him, Mark Holden and Marcia Hines

Remember this? During an interview on Fitzy & Wippa on Thursday, Dicko reminisced about the first season’s finale, which saw Guy Sebastian beat Shannon Noll, and the ‘iconic’ judging panel comprising him, Mark Holden and Marcia Hines

‘That panel was iconic and created some great television,’ Dicko recalled. 

The former Idol judge also shared his thoughts on the latest season of The Voice and other TV talent competitions, saying: ‘I’m thrilled The Voice has bounced back so strong this year it’s great to see music back on TV, but the landscape has changed.

‘We used to have crisis meetings if the show ever dropped below two million [metro] viewers! Imagine, a big show now is one million. We used to do two-and-a-half million every Sunday regularly. Times were different then.’

Admission: 'No, I don't watch [The Voice] mainly because my wife won't let me because I just sit there shouting at the television and she just says, "Look, you're not a judge anymore!"' Dicko said. Pictured (L-R): The Voice coaches Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jess Mauboy and Guy Sebastian

Admission: ‘No, I don’t watch [The Voice] mainly because my wife won’t let me because I just sit there shouting at the television and she just says, “Look, you’re not a judge anymore!”‘ Dicko said. Pictured (L-R): The Voice coaches Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jess Mauboy and Guy Sebastian

Dicko began as a judge on Idol in 2003 but left at the end of season two in 2004, jumping ship from Channel 10 to Seven.

He hosted My Restaurant Rules and Australian Celebrity Survivor before returning to Idol in 2007 and stayed on the panel until the series ended in 2009.  

He will make an appearance on Celebrity Mastermind this week on SBS.

Career: Dicko began as a judge on Idol in 2003 but left at the end of season two in 2004, jumping ship from 10 to Seven. He hosted My Restaurant Rules and Celebrity Survivor before returning to Idol in 2007 and stayed on the panel until the series ended in 2009

Career: Dicko began as a judge on Idol in 2003 but left at the end of season two in 2004, jumping ship from 10 to Seven. He hosted My Restaurant Rules and Celebrity Survivor before returning to Idol in 2007 and stayed on the panel until the series ended in 2009

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