Australian Idol hosts James Mathison and Osher Günsberg discuss reboot

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My, what have you changed! Australian Idol hosts James Mathison and Osher Günsberg reunite in Studio 10 – 18 years after the talent show premiere

James Mathison and Osher Günsberg were two of the country’s biggest stars when they joined forces to host Australian Idol in 2003.

And the duo served up some serious daddy energy on Tuesday when they got back together Studio 10 to discuss the return of the talent show on television next year.

Osher, 47, and James, 43, both said they were confident the format would still work with a modern audience.

Comeback: James Mathison (left) and Osher Günsberg (right), the former Australian idol, reunited at Studio 10 on Tuesday to discuss the return of the talent show on television next year

Osher said talent shows these days are all about the participants’ stories.

‘I still think someone is like Guy [Sebastian] or Shannon [Noll] could win a new series of Idol. But it has to be about the singer; it can’t be about the judges, ”he added.

When you think about the access people have to artists, it’s in their hands. So they need the [back]story to join. ‘

Timeless: Osher, 47, and James, 43, both said they were confident the format would still work with a modern audience

Timeless: Osher, 47, and James, 43, both said they were confident the format would still work with a modern audience

James also said that Australians are “crazy about nostalgia,” meaning Idol’s reboot is likely to be a success when it lands on Channel Seven next year.

“I really think it could work,” he noted.

James admitted he was ready to host the show if the network wanted.

Vintage: James also said Australians are 'crazy about nostalgia' meaning Idol's reboot will likely be a success when it lands on Channel Seven next year

Vintage: James also said Australians are ‘crazy about nostalgia’ meaning Idol’s reboot will likely be a success when it lands on Channel Seven next year

James and Osher, who have been friends for 18 years, have launched a new podcast called Inactive Australians.

The podcast, unrelated to the Idol franchise, sees the pair investigate unsung heroes from Australian history.

“We spoke to the man who invented Wi-Fi, the man who invented chicken salt,” James said of the series.

New Venture: James and Osher, who have been friends for 18 years, have launched a new podcast called Idle Australians.  Shown with Idol co-stars Marcia Hines and Mark Holden

New Venture: James and Osher, who have been friends for 18 years, have launched a new podcast called Idle Australians. Shown with Idol co-stars Marcia Hines and Mark Holden

“It’s about unpacking parts of Australian culture and how we ended up,” Osher added.

The pair also spoke to the person who made the iconic ‘Not happy, Jan!’ Has made. advertisements for the Gouden Gids, which became ‘part of our cultural story’.

“We had a wonderful conversation about that moment,” Osher said, to which James added, “We loved telling these stories.”

Podcasters: The Idle Australians podcast, unrelated to the Idol franchise, sees the pair research unsung heroes from Australian history.  Pictured together in Sydney in 2008

Podcasters: The Idle Australians podcast, unrelated to the Idol franchise, sees the pair investigate unsung heroes from Australian history. Pictured together in Sydney in 2008

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