Asia's Got Talent

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Asia's Got Talent
Asia's Got Talent title card.png
Asia's Got Talent title card
GenreInteractive talent competition
Created bySimon Cowell (Syco)
Based onGot Talent franchise
Directed byJonathan Glazier
Presented by
Country of originSingapore
Original language(s)English (main language)
Various (based on local country broadcast)
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Executive producer(s)
  • Don Keyte
  • Jonathan Glazier
  • Marilyn Tan
  • Jahan Rahamathulla
Production location(s)
  • Lim Ting Ting
  • Joanne Cheong
  • Sebastian Ting
  • Martyn See
  • Danial Haris
Camera setupmulti-camera setup
Production company(s)Sony Pictures Television Networks
Fremantle Asia
DistributorSony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Original networkAXN Asia
Original releaseMarch 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) –
External links
Official website

Asia's Got Talent (AGT) is the regional version of the Got Talent franchise that is airing on AXN Asia.[1] It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for a prize of USD100,000 and in the first season, an opportunity to perform at the Marina Bay Sands.[2] It started airing on March 12, 2015, across 15 countries in Asia.[3][4]

The first season of the show was hosted by Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez; while the judges are Anggun, David Foster, Melanie C, and Vanness Wu for the first season.[4] Melanie C is the third member of the Spice Girls to become a Got Talent judge (after Mel B and Geri Halliwell), while Anggun is judging on a second Got Talent franchise after sitting in the panel in the second season of Indonesia's Got Talent. This show was also co-hosted by Singaporean Youtuber and Power98FM DJ's Dee Kosh for sneak previews, highlights, recaps, and behind the scenes. At the finale, the Philippines' El Gamma Penumbra, a shadowplay group, won the franchise's first season.

In the second season, Foster and Anggun have returned as judges, while Jay Park was announced as the new judge.[5] TV hosts and actors Alan Wong and Justin Bratton were named as the new hosts for this season.[5][6][7] Indonesian spooky magician, The Sacred Riana was declared as the second season winner.[8]

In the third season, all three judges returned, also both Alan Wong and Justin Bratton returned as hosts from the previous season. Taiwanese close-up magician, Eric Chien was declared as the third season winner.[9]

As not all of the contestants speak fluent English, they would usually speak in their local languages and an off-screen translator will help them to translate what the judges are saying to them and vice versa (with translation subtitles flashed on the screen). However, if the judges can speak their local language (specifically Van Ness who speaks Mandarin, Anggun who speaks Indonesian, and Jay Park who speaks Korean), a translator is not necessary. Therefore, this is the first Got Talent franchise to use multiple languages.


After being acquired by AXN Asia, Asia's Got Talent became the sixty-third version of the Got Talent franchise.[4] On 15 January 2015, the judges were officially revealed: Anggun, David Foster, Melanie C, and Vanness Wu.[10] On 24 January 2015, Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez were announced as the hosts of the show.[11] On 27 July 2017, Foster and Anggun have been announced as judges while Jay Park is added as the new judge for the second season, while Alan Wong and Justin Bratton were tapped as the hosts.[5]

As of the second season, the show had featured acts from the following 28 countries[12] (from 15 countries in the first season[13]).


Aside from being broadcast via AXN Asia, FremantleAsia has also secured deal via various free-to-air channels in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and India to broadcast the franchise after its original airing.[14]

Country Local Title Network Premiere date Timeslot Backstage host(s)
Indonesia Indonesia[15] Asia's Got Talent antv Season 1
March 15, 2015
Season 2
October 15, 2017
Season 1
Sunday, 06.00 PM
Season 2
Sunday, 11.15 AM
Season 1
Indra Bekti[16]
Shaheer Sheikh[16]
Mikha Tambayong[17][a]
Season 2
Indra Herlambang[18]
Agatha Valerie[18]
Thailand Thailand[15] เอเชียก็อตทาเลนต์ BEC Multimedia Season 1
March 15, 2015
Season 1
Sunday, 08.15 PM (Premiere episode on 3 SD)
Monday, 09.30 AM (Encore on Ch3 and 3 HD)
Saturday, 04.00 PM (Encore on 3 Family)
Season 1
Victor Zheng[19]
Vietnam Vietnam[15] Tìm kiếm tài năng Châu Á VTV Season 1
March 15, 2015
Season 1
Sunday & Monday, 07.55 PM (Premiere episode on VTV6)
Monday & Tuesday 11.00 AM (Encore on VTV3)
Season 1
Phạm Hồng Thúy Vân[20]
India India[15] Asia's Got Talent VH1 India[b] Season 1
April 18, 2015
Season 1
Saturday & Sunday, 09.00 PM IST[21]
  1. ^ Shaheer only hosting until semifinal, on final Shaheer replaced by Mikha Tambayong.
  2. ^ VH1 India will broadcast selected auditions, semifinals, and finals only.

Season summary[edit]

Season Premiere Finale Winner Runner-up Third place Host(s) Judges
1 March 12, 2015 May 14, 2015 Philippines El Gamma Penumbra Mongolia Khusugtun Philippines Gerphil Geraldine Flores Marc Nelson
Rovilson Fernandez
David Foster
Vanness Wu
Melanie C
2 October 12, 2017 December 14, 2017 Indonesia The Sacred Riana Philippines DM-X Comvaleñoz Philippines Neil Rey Garcia Llanes Alan Wong
Justin Bratton
David Foster
Jay Park
3 February 7, 2019 April 11, 2019 Taiwan Eric Chien Malaysia Yaashwin Sarawanan Philippines Power Duo

Season 1 (2015)[edit]

In 2014, AXN Asia acquired the franchise to create Asia's Got Talent.[1] Open auditions were held in various cities in later that year.[22]

On January 13, 2015, the judging panel was revealed, consisting of David Foster, Anggun, Vanness Wu of F4, and Melanie C of the Spice Girls.[23] Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez were announced as the hosts.[24]

The judges' audition were recorded at the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios. The semifinals and finals were held at the Marina Bay Sands at Singapore. The live shows were taped a few hours before the schedule airing of the show to put subtitles as not all contestants speak fluently in English.[25] The inaugural season started airing on March 12, 2015. El Gamma Penumbra, a shadow play group, was hailed as the first winner of the show. Khusugtun, Gerphil Flores, and The Talento ended up at second, third, and fourth places, respectively.

Due to the delayed airing of the final results show, a photo was posted on Instagram where El Gamma Penumbra is on the stage with the golden buzzer background and confetti; captioned the group as the winners.[25] This caused a dismay among the netizens due to its spoiler nature.[25]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

In third week of May 2015, Asia's Got Talent announced the pre-registration for Season 2 on its official Facebook page.[26] The launch of the second season was finally announced in the second week of January 2017 after the success of the fifth season of The Amazing Race Asia.[27][28]

On July 28, 2017, Jay Park was announced as the new judge, joining David Foster and Anggun who both returned from the first season.[29] Alan Wong and Justin Bratton were also introduced as the new hosts of the show.[29]

The judges' audition were taped starting July 28, 2017 at the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios.[30] Unlike the previous season, the semifinals were taped from the last week of September until the first week of October at the same studio. The second season started airing on October 12, 2017.[27][31] The season was won by The Sacred Riana, with dance group DM-X Comvaleñoz, beatboxer Neil Rey Garcia Llanes, and digital dancer Canion Shiirbat finishing at second, third, and fourth places, respectively.

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

On May 14, 2018, AXN Asia announced the third season of the show, followed by the opening of the online auditions two days later.[32] Open auditions were held in major cities, including Bangkok, Singapore, Manila, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur.[33] On July 9, 2018, it was announced that the online auditions were extended for another week until July 16, 2018.[34]

On September 16, 2018, it was announced that all judges and hosts from the previous season will return this year.

The judges' audition were taped from September 19 to 27, 2018 at the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, like the previous seasons. The semifinals were taped on December 6, 10, and 13, 2018 at the same studio. It started airing on February 7, 2019.[35] The season was won by Eric Chien, with human calculator Yaashwin Sarawanan, contemporary acrobatic dancers Power Duo, and hip-hop dance group Maniac Family finishing at second, third, and fourth places, respectively.


Name Seasons
1 2 3
David Foster
Vanness Wu
Melanie C
Jay Park


Name Seasons
1 2 3
Marc Nelson
Rovilson Fernandez
Alan Wong
Justin Bratton

Golden buzzer[edit]


The golden buzzer, placed at the center of the judges' table, gives each judge a chance to send an act straight to the semifinals. It can be only pressed by a judge once per season.

Starting season 2, the hosts, as one, also get to press the golden buzzer. This is to keep the number of Golden Acts to four, following the reduction of the number of judges to three.

  •      Winner
  •      Reached top 4
  •      Reached final
Season Golden Buzzer Acts
1 David Foster Anggun Van Ness Wu Melanie C
Gerphil Flores
El Gamma Penumbra
Time Machine
Gao Lin & Liu Xin
2 David Foster Anggun Jay Park Alan Wong & Justin Bratton
Feng E
Akira Kimura
 Japan[Note 1]
ADEM Dance Crew
Canion Shijirbat
3 Eleana Gabunada
Maniac Family
TK Jiang
Shadow Ace
  1. ^ Akira is a native Japanese but had been living in Indonesia for two and a half years by the time this audition was taking place.


In the semifinals, the golden buzzer is used before the end of the show. The judges would use it as one unit to send one act straight to the finals. This is similar to the Judges' Choice in the other local franchises, albeit one ahead of the vote rather than after and based on the vote.

Starting season two, it is called the Judges' Pick, where the judges can make joint decisions at the end of the show to send one act straight to the finals.

  •      Winner
  •      Reached top 4
Season Golden Buzzer Acts
Semifinals 1 Semifinals 2 Semifinals 3
1 Gao Lin & Liu Xin
Junior New System
El Gamma Penumbra
2 Judges' Pick Acts
Semifinals 1 Semifinals 2 Semifinals 3
Angela July
DM-X Comvaleñoz
Feng E
3 Siti Saniyah
Junior Good Vibes

Regular contestants[edit]

As of 2019, Asia's Got Talent has seen five acts who return to audition once more on subsequent seasons. However, only two acts made it through to the live shows.

Acts Number of attempts Live Shows Notes
Philippines D'Intensity Breakers 2 No The group received 4 yeses in the first season and 2 yeses in the second season.
Philippines Fitri Cerado 2 No (1)
Yes (2)
She received 3 yeses in her second audition.
Philippines Noah Velasco 2 Yes (1)
No (2)
He first auditioned with his brothers as The Velasco Brothers in the first season where they finished as a semifinalist. He received 3 yeses in his second audition.
Singapore Deenormous 2 No He was buzzed off and received 4 nos during his first audition. In his second, he was buzzed by Park and Foster again, getting 2 nos.
Philippines Neil Rey Garcia Llanes 2 No (1)
Yes (2)
He got 4 yeses during his first audition, but backed out of the competition to finish his studies.[36] During his second audition, his performance prompted the audience to chant "Push that gold!", but the judges are out of golden buzzers. Instead, he got 3 yeses. He finished third place on the second season.
Singapore TK Jiang 2 No (2)
Yes (3)
His first audition was montaged. He earned Jay Park's golden buzzer in the third season.
Singapore The Sisters 2 Yes (2)
No (3)
Ariane first auditioned with her sister, Anne-Sophie as The Sisters in the first season where they finished as a semifinalist. The duo auditioned as two separate acts in the third season where both of them received 3 yeses in their second audition.

Official partners[edit]

The companies and brands recognized by the show's official website or from the television commercial:[37]

Premium partners[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  • Pantene – Exclusive Hair Care Partner
  • Big Cola – Exclusive Beverage Partner
  • Jetstar – Official Airline Partner
  • Caltex – Exclusive Petroleum Partner
  • GrabTaxi – Official On-demand Transit Partner

Season 2[edit]

  • Traveloka – Official Flight & Hotel Booking App Partner

Season 3[edit]

Local sponsors[edit]


  • Great Eastern Life – Official Life Insurance Sponsor (Season 1–)
  • GoDaddy – Official Digital Platform Sponsor (Season 1–)
  • 100plus – Official Beverage Sponsor (Season 2)


  • Cherifer – Official Multivitamin Sponsor (Season 2–)
  • Globe – Official Wireless Services Sponsor (Season 2)
  • KFC – Official Fast Food Sponsor (Season 2)
  • Vivo Smartphone – Official Smartphone Sponsor (Season 2)
  • Mitsubishi Mirage – Official Car Sponsor (Season 2)
  • Difflam – Official Medicated Sore Throat Relief Sponsor (Season 3)
  • Nissan – Official Car Sponsor (Season 3)

Awards and nominations[edit]

2015 Asian Television Awards[edit]

  • Won: Best Adaptation of an Existing Format
  • Highly Commended: Best General Entertainment Programme
  • Nominated: Best Reality Show


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