Australia's Got Talent

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Australia's Got Talent
Australia's Got Talent 2010 logo.png
2010-12 logo
Genre Reality talent show
Created by Simon Cowell
Ken Warwick
Cécile Frot-Coutaz
Jason Raff
Presented by Grant Denyer (2007–12)
Julia Morris (2013)
Judges Tom Burlinson (2007–09)
Dannii Minogue (2007–12)
Red Symons (2007–09)
Kyle Sandilands (2010–13)
Brian McFadden (2010–12)
Dawn French (2013)
Timomatic (2013)
Geri Halliwell (2013)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 96
Producer(s) FremantleMedia Australia
Location(s) Various (auditions)
Regent Theatre, Melbourne (2007–09)
Docklands Studios Melbourne (2010–12)
Sydney Theatre, Sydney (2013)
Running time 90 minutes
(including commercials)
Original channel Seven Network (2007–12)
Nine Network (2013)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original run 18 February 2007 (2007-02-18)  – 10 November 2013 (2013-11-10)
Related shows Britain's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
External links

Australia's Got Talent was an Australian reality television talent show which premiered on 18 February 2007 on the Seven Network. The show is based on the Got Talent series format that originated in the United Kingdom with Simon Cowell. series seven aired on Nine Network. In 2014 Nine Network axed the show.

The first series aired at 6:30pm on Sunday nights. After a successful run, the series was given a vote of confidence as Seven moved the show to a more competitive Tuesday night timeslot. The second season aired from 29 April 2008.[1] A third season, which aired on Wednesday nights, began on 4 February 2009. Its sixth series, the final series to be broadcast on Seven, ended on 25 July 2012. The seventh series began airing on 11 August 2013. On 4 April 2014, it was announced that Channel Nine had axed Australia's Got Talent due to low ratings.[2]

The original judges were Tom Burlinson, Red Symons and Dannii Minogue. Burlinson and Symons did not return for series 4 and were replaced by Brian McFadden and Kyle Sandilands. Dawn French, Timomatic and Geri Halliwell joined the panel in series 7 as replacements for McFadden and Minogue.

The show appears to have had its last season. It was confirmed in October 2013 that the show had been renewed for an eighth season to air in 2014 on the Nine Network.[3] Speculation was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 12 November that Nine may not recommission another season for 2014 due to productions costs. It was confirmed on 4 April 2014 that Nine has axed Australia's Got Talent due to low ratings.


Australia's Got Talent logo (2008–09)

Australia's Got Talent is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for a top prize of A$250,000

In the first series there were four heats which saw about 20 to 25 acts competing in each heat. Approximately 60 acts in total got the approval from the judges, but only 40 were selected to compete in the semi-finals. In addition, only a fraction of the acts that progress are actually featured in full on the televised episodes. Also in the first series, during the semi-finals stage, each judge buzzed either a cross, or a tick.

The fourth series in 2010 featured a major revamp in the format, now being in tune with the nationwide audition tour conducted in the UK and US versions of the show, where nearly 500 people auditioned in total. In addition, the two existing judges Red Symons and Tom Burlinson were replaced by Brian McFadden and Kyle Sandilands. The production and filming was moved from Regent Theatre, Melbourne to Docklands Studios Melbourne, with a larger sound stage and set.

The logo used for the first and seventh series of Australia's Got Talent is similar to the logo used by America's Got Talent. The logo during the second to sixth series is similar to that used by Britain's Got Talent.

Australia's Got Talent logo (2010–12)

Series summary[edit]

Series Winner Runner-up Network Host Judging panel
Bonnie Anderson Herb Patten Seven Network Grant Denyer Tom Burlinson
Red Symons
Dannii Minogue
"Smokin'" Joe Robinson Jourdain
Mark Vincent Jal Joshua
Justice Crew Cameron Henderson Dannii Minogue
Brian McFadden
Kyle Sandilands
Todd McKenney1
Jack Vidgen Cosentino
Andrew De Silva The Wolfe Brothers
Uncle Jed Greg Gould and the Chase Nine Network Julia Morris Kyle Sandilands
Dawn French
Geri Halliwell
  1. ^ Todd McKenney served as a temporary replacement for Kyle Sandilands at the Melbourne auditions and filled in for Brian McFadden during the Finals showdown 2 in series 6.


Series 1 (2007)[edit]

The following table lists the grand finalists who were selected to advance from the semi-finals by either the judges' or the viewers' vote:

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Eliminated
Semi-final Episode Judges' Choice Viewers' Choice
1 Max Foster
Bonnie Anderson
2 Al Millar
Herb Patten
Gum leaf musician
3 Col-E-Flower
Vegetable musician
Chase and Lily
Dance duo
4 Soul Mystique
Quick costume change/dance act
Madeline Perrone

The two finalists were Herb Patten and Bonnie Anderson & the finale date is 28 April 2007, with Bonnie Anderson eventually becoming the winner of the first series of Australia's Got Talent and Herb Patten became the runner-up.

Series 2 (2008)[edit]

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Eliminated
Semi-final Episode Judges' Choice Viewers' Choice
1 Jourdain
Dance troupe
2 Deb "Spoons" Perry
Spoon musician
"Smokin'" Joe Robinson
3 Grace Bawden
15 year old Opera Soprano
Mietta White
5-year-old Dancer
4 Aaron Smyth
Halls Taekwondo
Taekwondo troupe

The series two grand final featured a slightly different format. The show started with a combined performance by all 8 contestants. After the introduction by the contestants, the acts were progressively eliminated - first Halls Taekwondo and Mietta White, with the pairing of Deb "Spoons" Perry and Grace Bawden and Aaron Smyth and Shift-1 eliminated during the course of the show. The final also saw the judges bringing back their personal favourite acts to perform for one more time.

The winners were declared on 1 July 2008.

The two final choices were "Smokin'" Joe Robinson and Jourdain. "Smokin'" Joe Robinson ended up winning Australia's Got Talent 2008 and Jourdain become the runner-up.

In numerous episodes, judge Dannii Minogue was absent due to the filming for the 5th series of UK reality show The X Factor in which Minogue is a judge.

Series 3 (2009)[edit]

Auditions for the third series started in late 2008 and successful contestants were notified in December 2008. Filming began on 15 January 2009.

     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Eliminated
Semi-final Episode Judges' Choice Viewers' Choice
1 Danik Abishev
23 year old hand balancer
Mark Vincent
15 year old opera singer
2 Nobel Lakaev
16 year old dancer
Jal Joshua
12 year old singer
3 Cameo Rascale
Family acrobatic quartet
David Splatt
27 year old saw player
4 Red Hot Rhythm
Male "tap vs irish" dancing quartet
William Campbell
16 year old diabolist

The winners were declared on 22 April 2009. This Grand Finale followed the same format as the 2008 one: acts were eliminated in pairs, as well as each judge picking their favorite act to reappear on the show once more.

Mark Vincent won the series (came first place), while Jal Joshua runner-up the series (came second place). On the Grand Finale, International Opera Singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent series 1, Paul Potts performed live in the studio.

Series 4 (2010)[edit]

The fourth series of Australia's Got Talent returned on 13 April 2010.[4] Grant Denyer continued as host, while radio DJ Kyle Sandilands and Irish singer Brian McFadden joined Dannii Minogue on the judging panel as replacements for Red Symons and Tom Burlinson.[4] Auditions for the series took place throughout February 2010 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.[5]

The show was revamped to look more like Britain's Got Talent, in terms of the stage and the shape of the X's used. The opening was also changed to look similar to Britain's Got Talent opening, with Australian landmarks instead of British landmarks. Previously, the Australia's Got Talent opening was simply a display of the title. The live shows began on 11 May 2010 and ended on 15 June 2010, where dance troupe Justice Crew were crowned the winners.[6] They were awarded a prize of $250,000,[6] while runner-up Cameron Henderson was awarded a runner-up prize of performing at the 2010 AFL Grand Final.[6]

Series 5 (2011)[edit]

The fifth series of Australia's Got Talent returned on 3 May 2011.[7] All judges (Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden) returned for the series, including host Grant Denyer.[7] The producer auditions took place in 16 cities, throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.[8] The successful acts from the auditions were then invited to a second audition in front of the judges and a live audience. These auditions began in Gold Coast on 19 February 2011, followed by three days in Melbourne from 25 February 2011.[9] They also took place in Sydney on 12–13 March 2011, and ended in Perth on 20 March 2011.[9]

The series was won by the 14-year-old singer Jack Vidgen.[10]

Series 6 (2012)[edit]

Auditions began in October 2011 and concluded in December 2011.[11] The sixth series aired on the Seven Network from 16 April 2012 to 25 July 2012. Once again, Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden returned as judges and Grant Denyer returned as host.[12] Sandilands was sick during the Melbourne auditions, so Todd McKenney replaced him.[13] McKenney took the place of McFadden during the Finals showdown 2. The winner was singer Andrew de Silva with country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers becoming the runner-up.

Series 7 (2013)[edit]

Auditions began in March 2013 and concluded in June 2013.[14] The seventh series aired on the Nine Network in 2013.[15] Dawn French, Geri Halliwell and Timomatic joined the panel alongside returning judge Kyle Sandilands.[16] Julia Morris replaced Grant Denyer as the host.[16] Melanie Brown was originally due to join the judging panel, however an injunction sought by the Seven Network in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in March 2013 blocked her from appearing.[17] The winner was "Funk/Soul/Jazz/Reggae" band Uncle Jed (,[18] with band Greg Gould and The Chase becoming the runners up.


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