Talang 2007

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Talang 2007
Talang 2007 logo.png
Genre Interactive reality game show
Presented by Sweden Peppe Eng
Starring Sweden Tobbe Blom
Sweden Hanna Hedlund
Sweden Bert Karlsson
Country of origin Sweden Sweden
Original language(s) Swedish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Producer(s) Karin Stjärne
Running time 1 hr
Final: 1.5 hr
Original network TV4
Original release 13 April – 1 June 2007
Followed by Talang 2008 - Zara Larsson (Swedish singer) - winner of Talang 2008
External links

Talang 2007 was the first season of the show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent. Talang 2007 had its premiere on 13 April 2007 and ended on 1 June 2007. The winner of the show was Zillah & Totte. This season was hosted by Peppe Eng, and the judges were: Tobbe Blom, Hanna Hedlund and Bert Karlsson.[1]


The show became an instant success and was consistently one of the top three television shows in Sweden each week.

Episode Date Three most watched TV shows in Sweden by week
#1 #2 #3
1[2] 2007-04-13 Wallander - Innan frosten
(movie, part 1 of 13)
TV4, Sunday
1 590 000
Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 535 000
Playa del Sol
SVT1, Sunday
1 315 000
2[3] 2007-04-20 Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 620 000
Wallander - Byfånen
(movie, part 2 of 13)
TV4, Sunday
1 595 000
(quiz game show)
TV4, Friday
1 260 000
3[4] 2007-04-27 Wallander - Bröderna
(movie, part 3 of 13)
TV4, Sunday
1 375 000
Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 315 000
TV4, Saturday
1 005 000
4[5] 2007-05-04 Wallander - Mörkret
(movie, part 4 of 13)
TV4, Sunday
1 495 000
Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 490 000
TV4, Saturday
1 075 000
5[6] 2007-05-11 Eurovision Song Contest, final
SVT1, Saturday
3 425 000
Wallander - Afrikanen
(movie, part 5 of 13)
TV4, Sunday
1 570 000
Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 480 000
6[7] 2007-05-18 Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 260 000
Bonde söker fru
TV4, Saturday
1 205 000
TV4, Saturday
1 155 000
7[8] 2007-05-25 Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 145 000
Sommarkrysset med lottodragningen
(song and music)
TV4, Saturday
1 070 000
Anna Pihl
(crime drama series)
TV4, Monday
950 000
8[9] 2007-06-01 Talang 2007
TV4, Friday
1 640 000
Time out
TV4, Friday
1 290 000
(sports news)
SVT1, Sunday
1 085 000

Selection and elimination process[edit]

During the first four audition rounds (episodes 1-4), only the jury could decide who would continue to the semi-finals. At any time during a performance, each member of the jury could push on one of two buttons: a green check mark of approval or a red X for disapproval. When a member of the jury pressed one of the buttons, a loud sound effect let the contestant know that a member of the jury had made a decision and what the decision was. If a contestant received three red X's before the end of their performance, that contestant was eliminated and their performance was abruptly stopped. Sometimes, however, an eliminated contestant could convince the jury to allow them to complete their performance. To continue to the semi-finals, a contestant needed to gain at least two green check marks from the jury. If more than 6 contestants were given 2 or more green check marks in a single program, the jury would decide at the end of the program which 6 contestants would continue to the semi-finals. Those who continued to the semi-finals were not necessarily the ones that had received three check marks. Sometimes, the jury chose contestants with only two check marks over contestants that had been given three check marks.

During the three semi-finals (episodes 5-7), two finalists were chosen from each program, one by the jury and another by public vote. The public voted for a contestant by phoning a specific telephone number, which was published before the show aired[10] and shown during and after each performance. Public voting started when the program aired on Friday and ended at midnight Sunday.[11] Unlike the American TV series, where the public voted for free by calling a toll free number, the Swedish audience paid 5.70 Swedish kronor (June 2007, approximately US$0.82) for each call they made.[12]

After the second semi-final aired, TV4 surprised the contestants by announcing that two wild card finalists would be chosen from the eliminated semi-finalists. One wild card finalist was chosen by the jury whilst the other was chosen by public vote.[13] With only two days to prepare for the final competition, the wild card finalists had little chance of winning.[citation needed]

For the final program (episode 8), the winner was chosen only by public vote.[14] Despite that, the jury still voted and commented on each performance. Voting started when the program started at 8 pm and concluded at some undisclosed time during the 1.5 hr long program. The voting procedure potentially gave an unfair advantage to contestants who performed early in the show. Indeed, the winner of Talang 2007 performed first. Furthermore, all of the phone numbers for each contestant were published before the show, allowing the public to vote for their favorite contestant before they had given their final performance.[15]

Results by episode[edit]

Where known, votes by the jury (Blom, Hedlund and Karlsson, respectively) are shown below.

cut Performance cut from the TV show, only viewable online via TV4's Webb-TV.
check Jury vote: green check of approval.
X Jury vote: red X of disapproval.
unknown Jury vote: unknown, performance finished and clipped before jury member voted.
Finalist by jury vote Finalist by jury vote.
Finalist by public vote Finalist by public vote.
Eliminated Eliminated.


Episode Date Finalist by jury vote Finalist by Jury Non-Finalist with 2-3 Votes Eliminated Eliminated By Jury
1[16] 2007-04-13

checkcheckcheck Fantastic Four, Motown singers

checkcheckcheck Zillah & Totte, ventriloquist

checkcheckcheck Maria Lundgren, hula hoops

checkcheckcheck Swebounce, jumping stilts

checkcheckcheck Artan Kajtazi, Michael Jackson impersonator

checkcheckcheck Mimmi Sandén, singer

checkcheckcheck Fabian Nikolajeff, acrobatics/tumbling

checkcheckX Tommy Adolfsson, sea shell blower/musician

checkcheckX Olana Troupe, acrobatics

XXX The Big Ass Barbecue, lasso artists

XXX Svetlana Biba, mime

XXX Mr Ekooo (Roland Valtin), echo comedian

XXX The Bläckfisks, dancers & singers

XXX cut Artistgruppen Regnbågen, singers

XunknownX cut Anna Kråik, singer & drummer

unknownunknownunknown cut Octagon Crew, break dancers

unknownunknownunknown cut Nomad, fire baton twirler

Xunknownunknown cut Greece, singers

unknownunknownunknown cut Tommie Meyer, fakir/human pin cushion[17]

XunknownX cut Capoeira group, Capoeira artists

2 2007-04-20

checkcheckX Slowmotion Phax (Phax Ahamada), slow-motion

checkcheckcheck Baby Bang (Marcus Nyström), popping/dancer

checkcheckcheck Funky 4 Brothers, locking/dancers

checkcheckcheck Diamond Dogs, drag show (parody of Carola singing Evighet at the 2006 Melodifestival)

3by2white.svg Mahyar Samadi, beatboxer

checkcheckcheck Simon Trollkarlen (Simon Almers), magician

3by2white.svg Ivan Öhlin & Lacki Tseletis, the balloon man/comedians

checkcheckcheck Elin Andersson, handstand acrobatics

checkcheckX cut Irish Dance Project, Irish stepdancers[18]

checkcheckcheck cut Paulina Fröling, singer[19]

XXX Alexandra Telluselle, hula

XXX Burnt out punks, punkers playing with fire, jesters

XXX Coffee Beans show, choir

3by2white.svg Ismannen (Peter Sörwing), ice sculptor

XXX Sanne Hansen, sings without opening mouth

XXX Ania Winek-Albertsson & Sara Albertsson, singers

XXX cut Victor Rubilar, soccer ball juggler

XXunknown cut Cyclingteam, unicyclists

unknownunknownunknown cut Sandra Camenish, singer

3 2007-04-27

checkcheckcheck Landslide, female country music band

checkcheckcheck Robotman (Patrik Sjöström), robot show

checkcheckcheck Eric Lindeen, yo-yo tricks

checkcheckX Melissa Jacobsson-Velandia, pianist

checkcheckcheck Julien Dauphin, magician

Xcheckcheck Male, singers

checkXcheck Filiokus Fredrik (Fredrik Eklöv Cattani) comedian, shadow artist

checkcheckX Hanna Linné & Timo Lattu, pair acrobatics

checkcheckcheck cut Sophie Sjörén, singer[20][21]

XcheckX Moa Lichtenstein & Sarah Runsten, flexible acrobatics[22]

XcheckX Stockholms gaykör och pomperipossaband, choir and band

XXX Johnny Wahlqvist, strongman

checkXX Marina Prada & Ibirocay Regueira, Salsa dancers[23]

XXX Gycklargruppen Trix, jesters

XXX cut Siw-Marie Andersson, yodel

unknownunknownX cut Ormtjusaren Tina Holmgren, snake charmer

unknownunknownX cut The battle dwarfs, break dancers

XXX cut Lilia Tchoumatchenko, singer

unknownXX cut Eddie Karlsson, singer, guitar player, Gessle imitator

unknownunknownunknown cut Tony Livonen, accordionist

Xunknowncheck cut David Barnes, singer

4[24][25] 2007-05-04

checkcheckcheck Skånske Elias (Elias Andersson), singer

checkcheckcheck Hilda Stenmalm, singer

checkcheckX Linda Johansson, aerial acrobatics

checkcheckcheck Sara Nordenberg-Borch, singer & conguero

checkcheckX Johan Ståhl, magician

checkcheckcheck Harlem Hot Shots, Lindy Hop dancers

checkcheckcheck Three D, singers

checkcheckX Changiz John (Fariborz Haddadian), put out 17 candles with a chain in under 40 seconds

checkcheckX Mattias Jönsson, diabolo juggler

checkcheckcheck Nikisha Fogo, dancer

XXX Garvsyra, musicians with instruments on their backs that dance with each other

checkXX Tommy Tångs, clowns

XXX Zoo Orkestern, dancers, band

XcheckX Vendela Duclos, sang "La Vie en rose" by Édith Piaf

XXX cut The Bucketeers, bucket jugglers

XXX cut Monica Ramos, harpist, singer

XXX cut Karina Nilsson, accordionist

XunknownX cut Jessica Wimert, pianist and singer

unknownunknownX cut Jesper Joe, chainsaw juggler

unknownunknownX cut Beef noodels, dancers

unknownunknownunknown cut Ava Bahari, violinist


Episode Date Votes
Result Contestant Talent
5[26] 2007-05-11 checkcheckX Eliminated Funky 4 Brothers: William, Joel, Alex, Markus, 15–18 years old, from Stockholm Locking: Danced to a medley of a military song and "Life Of The Party" by The Jackson 5.
checkcheckcheck Finalist by jury vote Zillah & Totte: Cecilia Andrén, 18 years old, from Stockholm Ventriloquist: Made jokes, performed magic, and sang together.
XcheckX Eliminated Robotman: Patrik Sjöström Robot show: Performed as a robot to slow and fast music.
XXX Eliminated Maria Lundgren: 19 years old, from Ludvika[27] Hula hoops: Twirled more and more hula hoops while dancing to "Let's Get Loud" by Jennifer Lopez.
XXX Eliminated Artan Kajtazi: 19 years old, from Malmö Dancer: Danced to a medley of "Shake" by Ying Yang Twins featuring Pitbull and "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake.
checkcheckcheck Eliminated Fantastic Four: Robert Haglund (35 years old), Jonas Fritzson (31 years old), Niklas Lamby (27 years old), Henrik Orwander (28 years old)[28] Motown group: Performed a medley of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956) and "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 (1969).
XXX Eliminated Swebounce: Mattias Lindström (27 years old), Mikael Lindström (24 years old), Anthon Hansson (18 years old) Jumping stilts: Performed while dressed as robots, jumped over a car.
checkcheckcheck Finalist by public vote Baby Bang: Marcus Nyström, 12 years old, from Sigtuna Popping: Danced to a medley of songs that included "Moments in Love" by Art of Noise.
6[29] 2007-05-18 checkcheckX Eliminated Slowmotion Phax: Phax Ahamada, 41 years old, from Gothenburg Slow motion: Performed a slow motion routine as Mario in the video game Super Mario Bros.
checkcheckcheck Finalist by public vote Skånske Elias: Elias Andersson, 8 years old, from Skurup Singing: Sang "Som en Skåning" by his father Richard Andersson.
Xcheckcheck Eliminated Landslide: Malin Wahlqvist Nilsson, Erika Elmqvist, Emma Näsberg, Linnea Kibe, Johanna Nygren, Ida Carlén, from Sundsvall[30] Female country music band: Performed "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me" by Dixie Chicks.
checkcheckX Eliminated Linda Johansson: from Norrköping[31] Aerial acrobatics: Showcased her strength and flexibility in a black performance.
checkcheckX Eliminated Hilda Stenmalm: 11 years old, from Växjö Singer: Sang "This Is It" by Melba Moore.
checkcheckX Eliminated Mahyar Samadi, 19 year old, from Örebro Beatboxer: Used a radio prop to change styles.
Xcheckcheck Eliminated Simon Trollkarlen: Simon Almers, 12 years old Magician: Made a dove appear and float, switched places with his assistant Cajsa Wenström,[32] reappeared beside the jury. Performed to the tune of "Crazy" by Seal.
checkcheckX Finalist by jury vote Harlem Hot Shots: Frida Segerdahl, Sakarias Larsson, Hanna Zetterman, Mattias Lundmark, Åsa Palm, Daniel Heedman, 25–30 years old, from Stockholm & Linköping Lindy Hop: Danced to Bill's Bounce by the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra.
7[33] 2007-05-25 checkcheckcheck Finalist by jury vote Julien Dauphin: 29 years old, from Stockholm Magician: Transformed two doves in a cage into an assistant, quick changed from black to white clothes, made his assistant float, disappear, and reappear behind the jury.
checkcheckcheck Finalist by public vote Mimmi Sandén: 12 years old, from Stockholm Singing: Sang "Knock on Wood" by Amii Stewart.
XXX Eliminated Eric Lindeen Yo-yo tricks: Taught Karlsson some yo-yo tricks before finishing solo.
XcheckX Eliminated Sara Nordenberg-Borch Singer & Conguero: Sang and drummed with three others drummers in the background.
checkcheckX Eliminated Johan Ståhl: 27 years old, from Uppsala[34] Magician: Johan's chicken Kjell found the card that Hedlund picked.
XXX Eliminated Male: Robert Skowronski (27 years old), Carl, Markus, Stefan[35] Male singers: dance and sang a medley of hard rock tunes ("Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi, "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith, and "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses).
checkcheckX Eliminated Melissa Jacobsson-Velandia: 16 years old, from Saltsjöbaden in Nacka[36] Pianist: began with playing a song by Carola before switching to a classical piece.
Xcheckcheck Eliminated Diamond Dogs: Peter Englund, Reine Tapper & Mattias Bolinder, 26–42 years old, from Gävle & Stockholm Drag show: parody of Shirley Clamp singing "Att älska dig" at the 2005 Melodifestival.
N/A Wild cards[37]
Finalist by public vote Slowmotion Phax: Phax Ahamada, 41 years old, from Gothenburg Slow motion
Finalist by jury vote Diamond Dogs: Peter Englund, Reine Tapper & Mattias Bolinder, 26–42 years old, from Gävle & Stockholm Drag show


Episode Date Votes
Result Contestant Talent
8[38] 2007-06-01 checkcheckcheck Finalist by public vote Zillah & Totte Ventriloquist: Sang "Diggi-loo diggi-ley" by Herreys together.
checkcheckcheck Eliminated Julien Dauphin Magician: Chained and locked himself inside of a burning chest and magically became one of his assistants.
checkcheckX Eliminated Baby Bang Popping: Switched dance styles as a friend flipped channels with a remote control.
XcheckX Eliminated Harlem Hot Shots Lindy Hop: Began with a blues number before switching to a faster swing dance with many acrobatic moves.
checkcheckcheck Eliminated Mimmi Sandén Singer: Sang a medley of "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young" by Fire Inc. and "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.
XXX Eliminated Slowmotion Phax Slow motion: Started hip hopping at normal speed before performing a slow motion sequence to the tune of "Chariots of Fire" by Vangelis.
XXcheck Eliminated Skånske Elias Singer: Sang "Alldeles lagom" by Peps Persson.
XXX Eliminated Diamond Dogs Drag show: Lip synced a parody of Talang 2007 and its jury members to the tune of "Värsta schlagern" (The Worst Melodifestival), which is itself a parody of the Melodifestival. Text by Peter Englund.


Zillah & Totte when the winner was announced.

Zillah & Totte[39]

Totte is Zillah's three-year-old (stuffed animal) chimpanzee. The duo talk, sing, and perform magic tricks together for their comical performances. For the winning performance, Zillah & Totte sang Herreys "Diggi-loo diggi-ley" on a stage with large letters that spelled TOTTE. In the middle of the song, Zillah fell backwards over the letters and Totte blamed her for destroying their chance to win. "Now you owe me a million!" said Totte to Zillah before first demanding the audience to vote for him and then sweetly asking for their vote. The strategy worked as they not only won the jury's votes but also votes of the public.[40]

Voting styles[edit]

Of the three jury members, Karlsson was often the first to hit the red X button, claiming that he needed no more than 10 seconds to decide.[41] In contrast, Hedlund was often the last jury member to vote.[42] On a couple of occasions, Blom pushed Hedlund's red X button, ending an act before she was ready to do so. She did not challenge the decision made by Blom but did allow at least one act, the Coffee Beans choir, to complete their performance despite being eliminated early.

Hedlund preferred singers and theatrical performances,[42] as well as strange and bizarre acts. Karlsson was most interested in acts that were commercially viable, such as pop singers and bands. His favorite comment was, "Rent kommersiellt vet jag inte om det är speciellt gångbart"[43] (From a purely commercial standpoint, I don't know if it is viable). Thus, he typically did not vote for dancers or circus acts. Blom, being a magician, was more critical than the other jury members of the magicians on the show. For example, when Simon Trollkarlen made mistakes in his semi-final performance, Blom was the only jury member who gave Simon a red X.

The Swedish public tended to vote for younger contestants. For example, of the four finalists decided by public vote – Baby Bang, Skånske Elias, Mimmi Sandén, and Slowmotion Phax – only one (Slowmotion Phax) was not the youngest in his group. Baby Bang (12 year old) was the youngest contestant in the first semi-finals (episode 5), Skånske Elias (8 years old) was the youngest contestant in the second semi-finals (episode 6), and Mimmi Sandén (12 years old) was the youngest contestant in the last semi-finals (episode 7).

During the semi-finals the jury intentionally chose adult contestants as finalists to prevent the final show from only having children as finalists.[44]


Many of the contestants in Talang 2007 are professional entertainers, have family ties in the entertainment business, had previously won talent competitions, or were completing an education specializing in their art form. Participating on the show gave them free publicity for their business and/or art form. A couple of contestants were requested by TV4 or a jury member to participate in the show.[citation needed]

  • Julien Dauphin is a professional magician who won the 2006 Swedish Championships in Magic and the 2004 Nordic Championships in Magic, and placed 6th in the 2006 World Championships in Magic.[45] Prior to Talang 2007, he performed one time with jury member Blom.[46] He was requested by TV4 to participate in Talang 2007 and first turned down the request before finally agreeing to compete.[47] Julien Dauphin made it to the finals and was one of the jury's favorite contestants.
  • The Harlem Hot Shots is a professional dance troupe that specializes in African American dances such as Lindy Hop, Tap dance and Blues dance. The members are internationally recognized dance instructors and performers. They organize and/or teach at the annual Herräng Dance Camp, the world's largest dance camp of its genre. For Talang 2007, their talant was Lindy Hop and they primarily performed Lindy Hop routines at high tempos with many acrobatics. For their final performance however, they started with a short segment of blues dancing and were criticized by jury member Blom for social dancing on stage. The Harlem Hot Shots participated in Talang 2007 to interest the public in the Lindy Hop dance.[citation needed]
  • While the parents of Mimmi Sandén are not singers,[48] Mimmi has two older sisters who are: Molly Sandén and Frida Sandén. The sisters have competed in several talent competitions including Stjärnskott 2006 (Molly placed 1st) and Stage Junior 2006 (Molly placed 1st, Frida and Mimmi qualified). They are often backing singers for each other. For example, Molly and Frida were backing singers for Mimmi during her final performance for Talang 2007. Also Frida and Mimmi were backing singers for Molly during her final performance for Stage Junior 2006.[48] The three sisters met jury member Karlsson during Stage Junior 2006.
  • The father of Skånske Elias (Elias Andersson), Richard Andersson, is a musician and songwriter that has created several neo-classical metal bands. In 2006, Skånske Elias competed and won the Ung Talang 2006 talent competition[49][50] and placed 2nd in Stjärnskott 2006.[51] Skånske Elias made it to the finals of Talang 2007 and was one of Karlsson's and the audience's favorite contestants.
  • Diamond Dogs is a professional drag show team that was created in 2002 by Peter Englund and Reine Tapper. Many popular Swedish artists, such as Linda Bengtzing, Shirley Clamp[52] and Sonja Aldén,[53] have recorded parodies of themselves for the team. Diamond Dogs was surprised to be selected as a wild card finalist but managed to create a new performance, a parody of Talang 2007, for the final show. While jury members Blom and Hedlund thought that Diamond Dogs should not win the competition and gave them red Xs, they found their performance to be very entertaining and also gave them green checks.
  • The female country music band Landslide had disbanded after graduating from gymnasium, but were requested to participate in Talang 2007 by jury member Karlsson. Karlsson had paid for a large colored advertisement in the evening newspaper Expressen to search for them, which they didn't see. Three days before the program recording date, Karlsson called one of the band members and asked them to participate in the show.[30][54] After some discussion, they agreed to do so and spent the next few days practicing together. They received green check marks from Karlsson during both their audition and semi-final performances.
  • During Talang 2007, Melissa Jacobsson-Velandia was a student in the music program at Södra Latin, an elite gymnasium in Stockholm for Sweden's best artists and musicians. She won several scholarships and contests for piano playing, e.g., she won the 2006 SPPF (Swedish Piano Instructor Association) Inspiration Scholarship,[55] the 2007 Steinway Student VIP Prize, and the 2007 Steinway Piano Festival.[36] For Talang 2007, she played difficult classical music pieces that the general public was not familiar with, such as "Gnomenreigen" by Franz Liszt (episode 3). Unfortunately this worked against her. Jury member Karlsson felt that her talent did not belong in the program, partly because it was not a profitable enough talent,[citation needed] and she did not receive enough votes to continue to the finals.

Controversy and criticism[edit]

In order to make the show appeal to a wide audience, the producers attempted to change the jury's decision during the filming of episode 3.[56] TV4 wanted a mix of males and females to continue from the auditions whereas Karlsson felt that quality should determine whether a contestant continued or not.

During the semi-finals, the jury intentionally only selected adult competitors to continue to the finals since they thought the public would only vote for children and the final program would become a children's show.[44] Debates in the TV4 Talang 2007 forum about the public's tendency to vote for child acts and whether adults and children should compete in the same show were ongoing throughout the entire season.[57] The host, Peppe Eng, had to rush the jury through their comments for each contestant to keep the show on schedule. Furthermore, TV4 sabotaged the show's climax by showing the name of the winner to the TV audience before the winner was announced; when the card containing the winner's name was removed from the envelope, the winner's name faced the camera.[58]


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