Canada's Got Talent

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Canada's Got Talent
Canada's Got Talent Logo.png
Created by Simon Cowell
Written by Trevor Boris, Sabrina Jalees, Mark Lysakowski
Directed by Joan Tosoni
Sue Brophey
Presented by Dina Pugliese
Judges Stephan Moccio (2012)
Measha Brueggergosman (2012)
Martin Short (2012)
Ronan Keating (2015–)
Sharon Osbourne (2015–)
Nicole Scherzinger (2015–)
Jake Gold (2015–)
Voices of Dina Pugliese
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Mark Lysakowski
Paul Becker
Trevor Boris
Cliff Dempster
Running time 30 - 120 minutes
Production company(s) SYCOtv
Insight Productions
Talkback Thames
Distributor Rogers Media Television
Original channel City
Original run March 4, 2012 – present
Related shows America's Got Talent
Australia's Got Talent
Britain's Got Talent
External links
Official website

Canada's Got Talent is a Canadian reality talent show series that debuted on the City television network on March 4, 2012,[1] and part of the global British Got Talent franchise.

Canada's Got Talent features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for a cash prize of $100,000, a possible performance at a currently unnamed Las Vegas venue, a brand new Nissan GT-R, and a spot on Citytv's 2013 New Year's Eve Bash.[2][3]

On May 22, 2012, City put Canada's Got Talent on hiatus after one season. The broadcaster hoped to bring the series back in the future.[4] However, in June 2012, Citytv confirmed that Canada's Got Talent has been cancelled and will not be back for a second season in 2012-2013 due to high production costs and poor ratings.



The auditions took place in front of the judges and a live audience at different cities across Canada. At any time during the audition, the judges may have shown their disapproval to the act by pressing a buzzer which lights a large red "X" on the stage. If all the judges pressed their buzzers, the act must end. Voting worked on a majority-of-two basis where two positive votes from the judges were required.

The Cutdown[edit]

Those that were accepted past the audition round moved on to the Judges Round (also known as "The Cutdown"). This stage of the competition did not feature any audiences and only contained contestants performing in front of the judges. Out of all that made it to this point, thirty-six (36) acts made it through to the next round which was the semi-finals.


The semi-finals and final were broadcast with a varying number of semi-finals, followed by the one final split into two episodes over one night. The remaining acts performed across a number of semi-finals, with the two most popular acts from each semi-final winning a position in the final. Judges may still end a performance early with three X's. The judges were again asked to express their views on each act's performance. After all acts have performed, phone lines, Twitter, Facebook, text and online voting platforms opened for a one hour, while the public voted for the act they think were the best. Voters could submit a total of 50 votes (10 in each platform). After the votes were counted, the act that has polled the highest number of public votes automatically was placed in the final. The judges then chose between the second and third most popular acts, with the winner of that vote also gaining a place in the final. All other acts were then eliminated from the competition.


Because of the various time zones in Canada, only viewers in the provinces and territories east of Manitoba saw the show live (in the Newfoundland, Atlantic and Eastern time zones); all other areas in Canada broadcast the show on a tape delay basis. All Citytv stations aired the show at 8:00 p.m. (in each time zone where there is a Citytv station) with the Toronto station airing the program at 8:00 p.m.; viewers in Newfoundland see the show live at 9:30 p.m. and viewers in the Atlantic region at 9:00 p.m., because there is no Citytv station in these provinces to broadcast the show at local time. The same process occurred with the results show.


Canadian comedian and actor Martin Short was announced as the first judge on October 13, 2011. On October 17, opera singer Measha Brueggergosman and musician / composer Stephan Moccio were announced as the two judges who will be joining Short at the table. Citytv Toronto personality, and Breakfast Television host Dina Pugliese was the host of the show.[5]

Season overview[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

The first season of Canada's Got Talent aired on Citytv across Canada (and on other TV stations across the country, where there is no Citytv station),[where?] starting on March 4, 2012.

Preliminary auditions for the first season of Canada's Got Talent took place during fall 2011 and continued into January 2012. Auditions for the show take place in Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax.[1]

Those chosen by the producers to perform in front of the host, judges and live audience were invited back, starting in Calgary on October 18 and 19. The production tour then moved on to each of the original cities, in October, November, December 2011 and January 2012.[6][7] Those chosen by the panel of judges then went to Toronto for the next rounds, complete with audience voting, in April and May 2012.[8]

Sagkeeng's Finest received the most votes from Canada winning the first season of Canada's Got Talent.

Season summary[edit]

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Host(s) Judges Sponsor
One 4 March 2012 14 May 2012 Sagkeeng's Finest Angry Candy and Freshh Dina Pugliese Stephan Moccio
Measha Brueggergosman
Martin Short
Tim Hortons
Rogers Communications

Television ratings[edit]

Season Premiered Ended TV Season Season Timeslot Season
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
One March 4, 2012 1.463[9] Final Performances: May 13, 2012 0.521[10] 2012 Sunday 8:00 pm
(performance show)
Season Finale: May 14, 2012 0.459[11] Monday 8:00 pm.
(results show)


  1. ^ a b "Canada's Got Talent Auditions". Citytv. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Talent show's producers confident a star will be born ...or made". Winnipeg Free Press. September 8, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Canada's Got Talent Episode 1". Citytv. March 5, 2011. 
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  6. ^ "Canada’s Got Talent auditions move to Calgary for Round 2". Edmonton Journal. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ "BT Edmonton (Canada's Got Talent Day 2)". BT Edmonton (Citytv). September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Canada's Got Talent Process". Canada's Got Talent Insider Blog. September 1, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Brioux Report: Canada's Got Ratings". Bill Brioux. March 7, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
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