Australia's Got Talent
|Australia's Got Talent|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||109|
|Running time||90 minutes (including commercials)|
|Original release||18 February 2007 – 14 March 2016|
Australia's Got Talent is 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. The original judges were Tom Burlinson, Red Symons and Dannii Minogue. Burlinson and Symons did not return for season four and were replaced by Brian McFadden and Kyle Sandilands. Dawn French, Timomatic and Geri Halliwell joined the panel in season seven as replacements for McFadden and Minogue. All four judges from season seven were replaced by Kelly Osbourne, Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Sophie Monk and Eddie Perfect in season eight.
The first season 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. A third season, which aired on Wednesday nights, began on 4 February 2009. Its sixth season was the final season to be broadcast on Seven. The seventh season moved to the Nine Network and began airing on 11 August 2013. On 4 April 2014, it was announced that Nine had axed Australia's Got Talent due to low ratings. On 8 July 2015, Nine announced that the show would be returning in 2016 for an eighth season. On 1 February 2016, Australia's Got Talent aired for an eighth season on the Nine Network.
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 season 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 season 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 seasons of Australia's Got Talent is similar to the logo used by America's Got Talent. The logo during the second to sixth seasons and season eight is similar to that used by Britain's Got Talent.
Judges and hosts
- ^ Todd McKenney served as a temporary replacement for Kyle Sandilands at the Melbourne auditions and filled in for Brian McFadden during the second final showdown during the sixth season.
The original three judges were Dannii Minogue, Tom Burlinson and Red Symons. For the second series, all judges returned, though Minogue was absent for numerous episodes as she was busy filming The X Factor in the United Kingdom. The judges later returned for series 3.
In January 2010, it was made known that the judging panel would undergo a new line-up to accommodate Minogue's pregnancy. Judge Red Symons was strongly tipped to return to the Nine Network to be part of the revived Hey Hey It's Saturday, while Tom Burlinson was rumoured to be dumped from the judging panel. Rumours then began to circulate that Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden would be the new judges. On 4 February 2010, Sandilands confirmed on his 2Day FM breakfast radio show that he would be a judge. A press release from the Seven Network on 17 February, confirmed McFadden would also join the new judging panel. All judges returned for the fifth and sixth series of the programme.
Due to the programme's move to Nine Network in 2013, Sandilands returned as a judge, whilst Minogue and McFadden were axed. Timomatic, Geri Halliwell and Dawn French were announced as the new judges.
After it was announced that Australia's Got Talent would be returning to screens in 2016, it was announced that there would be a complete new judging panel, with Sandilands, Timomatic, Halliwell and French being axed. It was later confirmed that Kelly Osbourne, Sophie Monk, Eddie Perfect and Ian Dickson would become the new judges.
Dannii Minogue (2007–12)
Tom Burlinson (2007–09)
Red Symons (2007–09)
Brian McFadden (2010–12)
Kyle Sandilands (2010–13)
Geri Halliwell (2013)
Dawn French (2013)
Kelly Osbourne (2016)
Sophie Monk (2016)
Eddie Perfect (2016)
Ian Dickson (2016)
|1||18 February 2007||28 April 2007||Bonnie Anderson||Herb Patten||Grant Denyer||Dannii Minogue
|2||29 April 2008||1 July 2008||"Smokin'" Joe Robinson||Jourdain|
|3||4 February 2009||22 April 2009||Mark Vincent||Jal Joshua|
|4||13 April 2010||15 June 2010||Justice Crew||Cameron Henderson||Dannii Minogue
|5||3 May 2011||2 August 2011||Jack Vidgen||Cosentino|
|6||16 April 2012||25 July 2012||Andrew De Silva||The Wolfe Brothers|
|7||11 August 2013||10 November 2013||Uncle Jed||Greg Gould||Julia Morris||Geri Halliwell
|8||1 February 2016||14 March 2016||Fletcher Pilon||Chris Tamwoy||Dave Hughes||Kelly Osbourne
Season 1 (2007)
The first season of Australia's Got Talent premiered on Seven Network on 18 February 2007, becoming the second incarnation of the Got Talent franchise. The original judges were Dannii Minogue, Tom Burlinson and Red Symons. Singer Bonnie Anderson was crowned the winner of the first season on 28 April 2007, followed by Herb Patten finishing in second place.
Season 2 (2008)
The second season of Australia's Got Talent began broadcasting on 29 April 2008 and finished airing on 1 July. Minogue, Burlinson and Symons all returned as judges. The winner was announced as guitarist Joe Robinson, with Jourdain as runner-up.
Season 3 (2009)
Auditions for the third season started in late 2008 and successful contestants were notified in December 2008. Filming began on 15 January 2009.
The winner was 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 season, while Jal Joshua became the runner-up. On the grand finale, international opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent series one, Paul Potts performed live in the studio.
Season 4 (2010)
The fourth season of Australia's Got Talent returned on 13 April 2010. 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. Auditions for the season took place throughout February 2010 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
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's 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. They were awarded a prize of $250,000, while runner-up Cameron Henderson was awarded a runner-up prize of performing at the 2010 AFL Grand Final.
Season 5 (2011)
The fifth season of Australia's Got Talent returned on 3 May 2011. All judges (Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden) returned for the season, including host Grant Denyer. The producer auditions took place in 16 cities, throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. 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. They also took place in Sydney on 12–13 March 2011, and ended in Perth on 20 March 2011.
Season 6 (2012)
Auditions began in October 2011 and concluded in December 2011. The sixth season 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. Sandilands was sick during the Melbourne auditions, so Todd McKenney replaced him. 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.
Season 7 (2013)
Auditions began in March 2013 and concluded in June 2013. The seventh season aired on the Nine Network in 2013. Kyle Sandilands returned to the judging panel, while Dannii Minogue and Brian McFadden were replaced by three new judges Dawn French, Timomatic and Geri Halliwell. Julia Morris replaced Grant Denyer as the host. Mel B 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. The winner was "Funk/Soul/Jazz/Reggae" band Uncle Jed, with band Greg Gould and The Chase becoming the runner-up.
Season 8 (2016)
On 8 July 2015, Nine announced that the show would be returning in 2016 for an eighth season. On Monday 4 January, it was announced that Season eight will be on Monday 1 February. It is the second season to air on Nine after it was axed in 2013. Auditions are open for September and October 2015. On 28 October 2015, it was announced that Halliwell, French, Timomatic and Sandilands have been replaced with a new panel of judges, they are Kelly Osbourne, Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Sophie Monk and Eddie Perfect. Morris will not return as host as she is committed to another show and will be replaced by Dave Hughes as the host. For the first time, it will now include the Golden Buzzer. It premiered on 1 February 2016, and ended on 14 March 2016. The winner was Fletcher Pilon. It has been confirmed the series has yet again been cancelled.
|Season||Network||Premiere date||Finale date||Episodes||Premiere
|One||Seven Network||18 February 2007||28 April 2007||11||N/A|
|Two||29 April 2008||1 July 2008||10||1.358||#4||1.733[a]||#1[a]||1.587[a]||#1[a]||1.306||#2|
|Three||4 February 2009||22 April 2009||12||1.314||#3||1.510[a]||#1[a]||1.610[a]||#1[a]||1.342||#3|
|Four||13 April 2010||15 June 2010||10||1.493||#2||1.831[a]||#1[a]||1.939[a]||#1[a]||1.561||#3|
|Five||3 May 2011||2 August 2011||18||1.563||#2||2.316[b]||#2[b]||2.855[b]||#1[b]||1.702||#1|
|Six||16 April 2012||25 July 2012||21||1.196||#6||1.109[a]||#4[a]||0.998[a]||#7[a]||1.031||#8|
|Seven||Nine Network||11 August 2013||10 November 2013||14||1.044||#6||1.116[b]||#4[b]||1.391[b]||#1[b]||1.026||#5|
|Eight||1 February 2016||14 March 2016||13||0.865||#10||0.761[b]||#12[b]||0.908[b]||#6[b]||0.740||#10|
- a The Grand Final & Winner Announced are separated into 2 episodes
- b The Grand Final & Winner Announced are in one episode
Awards and nominations
|2009||Logie Awards||Most Popular Light Entertainment Program||Australia's Got Talent||Nominated|
|Most Popular Presenter||Grant Denyer||Nominated|
|2012||Logie Awards||Most Popular Light Entertainment Program||Australia's Got Talent||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program||Nominated|
|2014||Logie Awards||Most Popular New Talent||Timomatic||Nominated|
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