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
Genre Interactive talent competition
Created by Simon Cowell (Syco)
Based on Got Talent franchise
Presented by
Judges
Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s) English (main language)
Various(based on local country broadcast)
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Paul O'Hanlon
  • Jef Lim
  • Paul Riggio
  • Glenn Sims
Production location(s) Pinewood Studios, Malaysia
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Camera setup multi-camera setup
Production company(s) Sony Pictures Television Networks
Syco
FremantleMedia Asia
Distributor Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Release
Original network AXN Asia
Original release March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) – present
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]

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.

Development[edit]

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.[9] On 24 January 2015, Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez were announced as the hosts of the show.[10] 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[11] (from 15 countries in the first season[12]).

Broadcast[edit]

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.[13]

Country Local Title Network Premiere date Timeslot Backstage host(s)
Indonesia Indonesia[14] Asia's Got Talent antv March 15, 2015 (season 1)
October 15, 2017 (season 2)
Sunday, 06.00 PM (season 1)
Sunday, 11.15 AM (season 2)
Season 1
Indra Bekti[15]
Shaheer Sheikh[15]
Mikha Tambayong[16][a]
Season 2
Indra Herlambang[17]
Agatha Valerie[17]
Thailand Thailand[14] เอเชียก็อตทาเลนต์ BEC Multimedia March 15, 2015 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)
Victor Zheng[18]
Vietnam Vietnam[14] Tìm kiếm tài năng Châu Á VTV March 15, 2015 Sunday & Monday, 07.55 PM (Premiere episode on VTV6)
Monday & Tuesday 11.00 AM (Encore on VTV3)
Phạm Hồng Thúy Vân[19]
India India[14] Asia's Got Talent VH1 India[b] April 18, 2015 Saturday & Sunday, 09.00 PM IST[20]
Note
  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 Flores Marc Nelson
Rovilson Fernandez
David Foster
Anggun
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
Anggun
Jay Park
3 2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA

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.[21]

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.[22] Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez were announced as the hosts.[23]

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.[24] 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.[24] This caused a dismay among the netizens due to its spoiler nature.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26][27]

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

The judges' audition were taped starting July 28, 2017 at the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios.[29] 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.[26][30] 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 (2018)[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.[31] Open auditions were held in major cities, including Bangkok, Singapore, Manila, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur.[32] On July 9, 2018, it was announced that the online auditions were extended for another week until July 16, 2018.[33]

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

Countries ranking[edit]

Rank Country Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg 4 5–6 7–9 SF Total
1
 Philippines
1
1
2
0
1
2
3
10
2
 Indonesia
1
0
0
0
0
1
3
5
3
 Mongolia
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
2
4
 Thailand
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
4
5
 Japan
0
0
0
0
1
0
6
7
6
 Malaysia
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
4
7
 Kyrgyzstan
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
8
 Singapore
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
4
9
 Taiwan
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
3
10
 China
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
11
 India
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
3
12
 South Korea
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
13
 Vietnam
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2

Judges[edit]


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

Hosts[edit]

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

Golden Buzzer[edit]

Auditions[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
 Philippines
El Gamma Penumbra
 Philippines
Time Machine
 Japan
Gao Lin & Liu Xin
 China
2 David Foster Anggun Jay Park Alan Wong & Justin Bratton
Feng E
 Taiwan
Akira Kimura
 Japan[Note 1]
ADEM Dance Crew
 Kyrgyzstan
Canion Shijirbat
 Mongolia
3 TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
Note
  1. ^ Akira is a native Japanese but has been living in Indonesia for two and a half years.

Semifinals[edit]

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
 China
Junior New System
 Philippines
El Gamma Penumbra
 Philippines
2 Judges' Pick Acts
Semifinals 1 Semifinals 2 Semifinals 3
Angela July
 Indonesia
DM-X Comvaleñoz
 Philippines
Feng E
 Taiwan

Regular contestants[edit]

As of 2017, 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 (1)
No (2)
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.[34] 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.

Official partners[edit]

The companies and brands recognized by the show's official website:[35]

Premium partners[edit]

Since Season 2

  • Traveloka – Official Flight & Hotel Booking App Partner

Local sponsors[edit]

Malaysia:

Philippines:

  • Cherifer – Official Multivitamin Sponsor
  • Globe – Official Wireless Services Sponsor
  • KFC – Official Fast Food Sponsor
  • Vivo Smartphone – Official Smartphone Sponsor
  • Mitsubishi Mirage – Official Car Sponsor

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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