Negotiations to acquire the Philippine franchise of American Idol started as early as 2006.
According to Ms. Darling de Jesus, AVP for magazine, talk and variety shows of GMA: “This is the most awaited program of GMA since we announced it in the first quarter of 2007. Ito rin ang pinaka mahabang naming ni-negotiate na show, since we were negotiating this from 2006." read story here from GMA NewsTv