Bosses of American Idol are set to launch a celebrity spin-off of the hit TV singing contest.

The new show - dubbed CELEBRITY IDOL - will be broadcast as a 10-episode special, which will feature 10 non-professional singers competing for a $1 million (GBP555,000) prize, which will go to a charity of the winner's choice.

It is also hoped that judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul will give their opinions to the singing celebrities, who have yet to be chosen.

While an official air date has yet to be announced, it is expected that the show will launch in the US later this year (05).

24/06/2005 09:33