Kelly Clarkson To Vie For Title Of ‘World Idol’

Singer will compete against 10 winners from other countries.

Simon Cowell might have to learn how to criticize in different languages.

The producers behind Britain’s “Pop Idol” and “American Idol” will hold a “World Idol” competition on Christmas and New Year’s Day in London, FOX announced Friday (November 14).

Kelly Clarkson will vie for the inaugural title against the U.K.’s Will Young and nine other singers from different countries. What the prize will be has not been announced, and only winners from first seasons of the “Idol” shows are eligible, so Ruben Studdard will have to wait until the next “World Idol” competition.

A panel of judges with one representative from each country will critique the performances, and viewers around the world will vote. Details on the voting process have not been released, but FOX said it will be set up so singers from larger countries do not have an unfair advantage.

The other competitors will be Belgium’s Peter Evrard, Canada’s Ryan Malcolm, Germany’s Alexander Klaws, Lebanon’s Diana Karazon, Netherlands’ Jamai Loman, Norway’s Kurt Nilsen, Poland’s Alicja Janosz, South Africa’s Heinz Winckler and an Australian contestant who will be selected Wednesday. Shows based on Britain’s original “Pop Idol” are seen in more than 20 countries.

Whether or not Cowell will be one of the judges has not been announced, but he could represent the United States or the U.K.

“World Idol” will air at 8 p.m. ET on December 25 and 9 p.m. ET on January 1.