New Zealand's Got Talent

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New Zealand's Got Talent
New Zealand's Got Talent logo
Genre Talent show
Created by
Presented by
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 39
Executive producer(s) Bettina Hollings
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 48 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Original release 8 September 2008 (2008-09-08) – 15 December 2013 (2013-12-15)
External links
New Zealand's Got Talent at TVNZ

New Zealand's Got Talent is a New Zealand reality television show which premiered in 2008. The show is based on the Got Talent series. The show features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other variety performers of all ages competing for a top prize of $100,000 cash and a Toyota RAV4 car. Three judges appear on the show each week to provide feedback for the contestants.

The show originally screened on Prime for one series before being dropped. TV One later revived the show, with series produced in 2012 and 2013.[1]

The original line-up on Prime included Andrew Mulligan and Jason Reeves as hosts, with Miriama Smith, Paul Ellis and Richard Driver as judges. After the show was revived in 2012, the show was presented by Tamati Coffey, with Ali Campbell, Rachel Hunter, and Jason Kerrison on the judging panel.[2] Choreographer Cris Judd replaced Campbell for the show's 2013 series.


In 2008, New Zealand broadcaster Prime Television launched a local version of the hit international show. The hosts were TV presenter Andrew Mulligan and radio host Jason Reeves, with actress Miriama Smith, former NZ Idol judge Paul Ellis and television producer and presenter Richard Driver as judges. The series had a top prize of NZ$100,000. The first episode went on air on 8 September 2008. Despite good ratings for the network, Prime was unable to outrun costs and decided not to renew the series for another season.

In 2012, TVNZ bought the rights to the series and on 9 September season 2 premiered on TV One, with Tamati Coffey as the host, and model Rachel Hunter, Opshop singer-songwriter Jason Kerrison and UB40 frontman Ali Campbell judging. Toyota was confirmed to be the foundation partner.[3]

TVNZ confirmed a third series would be produced in 2013. Tamati Coffey returned as host, and Jason Kerrison and Rachel Hunter returned as judges, joined by American choreographer Cris Judd.

In 2014 TVNZ confirmed that a fourth series of the show would not be produced that year, with the network instead putting its resources towards producing a local version of cooking show My Kitchen Rules.[citation needed]

Series overview[edit]

Series Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Channel Host Judges Sponsor
8 September 2008 28 October 2008 Chaz Cummings TMC Gaylene Stewart Prime Andrew Mulligan
Jason Reeves
Richard Driver
Paul Ellis
Miriama Smith
9 September 2012 2 December 2012 Clara van Wel Jessie Hillel Evan Sinton TV One Tamati Coffey Ali Campbell
Rachel Hunter
Jason Kerrison
Toyota New Zealand
15 September 2013 8 December 2013 Renee Maurice Silhouette Jenny Mitchell Cris Judd
Rachel Hunter
Jason Kerrison


Series 1[edit]

The series began on 8 September 2008 on Prime and ended on 29 October 2008. It was produced by South Pacific Pictures.[4] Starting 29 September, the live semi-finals started aired on Monday nights, with the results show on Tuesday nights.[citation needed] The top two finalists were dancer Chaz Cummings and musical group TMC, with Chaz Cummings eventually becoming the winner of the first series of New Zealand's Got Talent.

Series 2[edit]

Series two ran from 9 September 2012 and ended on 2 December 2012. Episodes were pre-recorded and broadcast on Sunday evenings at 7.30pm.[5] In February 2012, TVNZ announced that a new local version of the show was in the early stages of production and would screen on TV One. Broadcast funding agency NZ On Air committed to $1.6 million in funding to the new show.[2] The series was hosted by Tamati Coffey,[3] with Ali Campbell, Rachel Hunter, and Jason Kerrison as the judges.[6] The series was won by 15-year-old singer-songwriter Clara van Wel from Blenheim who performed her own song "Where Do You Find Love?". 11-year-old singer Jessie Hillel from Wellington was the runner-up, with 17-year-old singer-songwriter Evan Sinton from Auckland in third place.

Series 3[edit]

In November 2012, TVNZ confirmed the show would return for a third series in 2013.[1] Applications for the 2013 series also opened in November.[7] Series three premiered on 15 September 2013. Host Tamai Coffey and judges Rachel Hunter and Jason Kerrison returned to the series, with choreographer Cris Judd replacing Ali Campbell on the judging panel.[8] NZ On Air funded $800,000 towards the series, a 50% reduction from the 2012 series production. NZ On Air noted that any future series would not be eligible for funding.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Old favourites and new faces in new year TV line-up". NZ Herald. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "'Got talent'? It's New Zealand's turn". 24 February 2012. New Zealand Herald. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Tamati Coffey to host NZ's Got Talent". 1 April 2012. New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand's Got Talent!". South Pacific Pictures. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "TV preview: New Zealand's Got Talent - Entertainment - NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "UB40 front man to judge New Zealand's Got Talent". 29 June 2012. New Zealand Herald. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Missed out on this year's auditions?". NZ Got Talent Facebook. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Third Judge Announced for New Zealand's Got Talent 2013". Scoop. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "NZ On Air Supports NZ's Got Talent 2". NZ On Air. Archived from the original on 15 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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