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Holden leaves Idol

Posted March 4, 2008 19:06:00
Updated March 5, 2008 10:41:00

Idol no more: Mark Holden is leaving the show after five years on the judging panel.

Idol no more: Mark Holden is leaving the show after five years on the judging panel.

Australian Idol judge Mark Holden has left the panel of Channel Ten's reality music show.

A report in The Daily Telegraph says producers decided to cut down the number of judges after the show's poorer ratings last season, and told Holden to leave.

However Channel Ten said in a statement that Holden chose to leave the show after five years on the panel.

According to the broadcaster, Holden wants to focus on radio, acting and making documentaries.

"Working on Idol has been an exceptional, challenging and gratifying experience," Holden said in a statement.

"I'm really proud of what we achieved but it's time for me to look at doing other things."

Ten's chief programming officer David Mott has thanked Holden for his work on Idol.

"This decision was not made simply nor taken lightly by either of us," Mr Mott said.

"Mark has made a valuable contribution to Idol since it began in 2003 and we appreciate what he offered the franchise.

"He's decided to leave Idol but not Ten, this relationship has a long way to go yet."

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