Australian Idol is a platform, a singing performance for all the talented and astonishing artists from around the nation, the show is given to showcase vocal abilities and stage presence. The Australian Idol is currently on its 9th season with singers coming from every direction from the country.

Australian Idol has allowed a platform for all the talents out there to showcase everything they have. Some of the prominent winners who have made an impact on the music industry are Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea, Damien Leith, and many more.

Background of Australian Idol Judges

For the 9th season of Australian Idol, the judges chosen are Kyle Sandilands, Marcia Hines, Amy Shark. The role for the judges is actually crucial. 

For auditioning, selection and more judges role is very crucial. Until the contestants reach top 10 the judges have full control of elimination and selection. Online voting starts when the contestants have reached top 10 in the competition.

Salary Structure of Judges on Australian Idol 2024

The clear cut information on the salary structure of all the judges normally doesn’t get disclosed. In 2023 Kyle accidentally revealed his income from judging Idols for a year, saying I normally earn more than a million”. It is obvious as well as he has been the part of the show since the past 5 or 6 seasons.

But normally a judge in Australian Idol earns around $80,000 to $100,000 for a season.

JudgeSalary Range
Kyle Sandilands$80,000 – $100,000
Marcia Hines$80,000 – $100,000
Amy Shark$80,000 – $100,000
Australian Idol Judges Salary in 2024

Factors Influencing Salaries

 The salary and the earnings made by the show generally is brought in by the TRP(Television Rating Point) the show produces. The judges as well play a significant role in increasing the TRP of the show. 

The more the judges bring in TRP the higher the payment for the judges increases.

Public Perception and Reaction

Coming onto the perception and the reaction of the public towards judging a reality show like Australian Idol seems to them like an easy task. But when it comes to reaction to the earnings made by the judges, shockingly it is not convincing that the judges have to earn such a huge sum for such a task. 

Industry Implant

Reality shows often serve the purpose of revitalizing the careers of struggling individuals. 

However, judges are sometimes cast off the show to fully advertise and increase ratings. Their pay can range from over a million dollars for hosting to $100k based on their level of expertise.

The show, the working, the ratings and the success all depend on the right casting and the right steps implemented by the producers of the show.


Judges’ salaries for Australian Idol are typically not disclosed, but in 2023, Kyle accidentally revealed earning over a million dollars for a year of judging. 

However, a typical season’s pay is around $80,000 to $100,000. Judges’ salaries are influenced by the show’s ratings, with higher ratings leading to higher pay.

Judges are essential for the show to estimate each round. They guide and improve contestants to become the next best idol.