15-year-old Pop Idol contestant disqualified for being underage.

15-year-old Pop Idol contestant disqualified for being underage.
A 15-year-old was removed from the Pop Idol competition after anonymous e.mail messages revealed she was not at least 16, which the show’s rules require. She was replaced by a previously rejected contestant. Also, Pop Idol recently selected its latest two finalists.
+ plus: Australia’s third Popstars takes a similar approach to Pop Idol, looking for a single pop star this time.

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