SA's Got Talent

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SA's Got Talent
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GenreInteractive reality television talent show
Created bySimon Cowell
Presented byMongezi “Mo” Mahlangu
JudgesShado Twala
DJ Fresh
Jamie Bartlett
Country of originSouth Africa
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
Running time60 minutes (inc. comms)
Production company(s)Rapid Blue (Seasons 1 - present)
Original networkSABC 2 (Seasons 1 and 2) (Season 3-present)
Original release1 October 2009 –

SA's Got Talent (also known as South Africa's Got Talent or shorten to SAGT) is a South African television show on and part of the Got Talent series. Presented by Mo Mahlangu, popularly knows as Tol Ass Mo. Singers, dancers, comedians, variety acts, and other performers compete against each other for audience support. The winner of each series receives R500,000 (R250,000 in Seasons 1 to 5). The first series of the talent show began on 1 October 2009 and was broadcast weekly with a live semi-finals and final on 12 November 2009.


The auditions take place in front of the judges and a live audience at a different city across South Africa. At any time during the audition the judges may show disapproval to the act by pressing a buzzer which lights that lights a red X near them. If all the judges press their buzzers, the act ends immediately. To advance to the second round, auditionees needed to get at least two yes votes or they would be sent home.

After the auditions the judges have to whittle almost 200 successful acts down to just 21. All of the performers are called back to discover if they have progressed to the semi-finals.

The remaining acts perform across a number of live semi-finals, with the two most popular acts from each semi-finals winning a position in the final. Unlike the American version, judges may still end a performance early with three Xs in the finals, as with the American version, the judges cannot buzz an act after the semi-finals. The judges are again asked to express their views on each act's performance.

After all acts have performed, phone lines open for a short time. After the votes have been counted, the act that has polled the highest number of public votes is automatically placed in the final. The judges then choose between the second and third most popular acts, with the winner of that vote also gaining a place in the final. All other acts are then eliminated from the competition.

From Season 6, the golden buzzer was added, which if pressed would send the contestant straight to the semi-finals. The first contestant to get the gold buzzer was Henno William when he sang the song 'Let it be' in the 3rd episode of season 6.

Series overview[edit]

SA's Got Talent Season 8 Judges and Host
Season Premiere Finale Winner Judges Hosts Prize amount
Judge 1 Judge 2 Judge 3
1 1 October 2009 12 November 2009 Darren Rajbal Shado Twala Randall Abrahams Ian Von Memerty Rob van Vuuren
Anele Mdoda
2 16 September 2010 28 October 2010 James Bhemgee
3 30 August 2012 18 October 2012 Botlhale Boikanyo Kabelo Mabalane Tats Nkonzo
4 29 August 2013 17 October 2013 Johnny Apple
5 7 September 2014 9 November 2014 Tholwana Mohale DJ Fresh Lalla Hirayama
6 9 September 2015 8 November 2015 DJ Arch JNR R500,000
7 4 September 2016 6 November 2016 Kryptonite Dance Academy Jamie Bartlett Mongezi “Mo” Mahlangu
8 10 September 2017 12 November 2017 AnecNote

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