Who doesn’t know Ian Dickson? Perhaps you know him as Dicko? This loud n’ proud, bold, but utterly charming English ex-pat has became a staple part of Australian media in 2003.

Recent television credits include Nine Network’s Australia’s Got Talent and SBS TV’s Logie-winning series First Contact. In 2019 you may have seen Dicko telling Sarah to “give ALDI another go!” in a television campaign for ALDI Australia.

Of course, we all know Dicko as the ‘bastard’ talent judge on Network Ten’s Australian Idol.

After Idol, Dicko hosted the Seven Network’s My Restaurant Rules, Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu and was host and executive producer on the premier series of Network Ten’s Can of Worms. Dicko has also been a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and won Celebrity Apprentice. Overseas, Dicko was a talent judge on Fox’s The Next Great American Band in the USA alongside Sheila E. and John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls.

Dicko is no stranger to AM and FM radio, having first sat behind the mic in 2008 when he joined Vega 91.5 FM breakfast radio in Melbourne (now smoothfm) and then on 2UE breakfast radio in Sydney from 2012 – 2013.

In 2015 Dicko made his stage debut as Widow Twankey in Bonnie Lythgoe's pantomime production of Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp at the State Theatre in Sydney.

Prior to becoming a household name, Dicko had spent over 20 years in the record industry in the UK, working inside iconic labels such as Creation Records, Sony, A&M and BMG. Dicko has worked with big acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Celine Dion and Primal Scream, and as Head of International at BMG UK he worked on the career development of artists like Jamiroqui, Westlife, Natalie Imbruglia and Pearl Jam. Dicko relocated to Australia in 2001 to become the General Manager of Marketing for BMG Australia.

As you may see from Dicko’s credentials, he has not wasted any time to become the fully-fledged, sincere and a lil’ bit cheeky music guru/talent judge/TV host/radio host that we all know and love.


Peter Berner


Denise Drysdale