The Nine Network has confirmed the revived reality format Australia’s Got Talent, will premiere on Monday, February 1, on Channel Nine.
The announcement means the new version of AGT will air head to head with ratings juggernaut My Kitchen Rules on Seven and the much hyped I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here on Ten.
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here struggled to find an audience when it first premiered in 2015, but slowly built a loyal following an is expected to perform much better in 2016.
Julia Morris hosted a previous version of Australia’s Got Talent on Nine in 2014. While that version failed in the ratings, previous series on Seven have attracted huge ratings and format remains hugely successful overseas
Judges Kelly Osbourne, Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Eddie Perfect and Sophie Monk will be joined by host Dave Hughes in a search to discover “Australia’s most remarkable new talent.”
Auditions for the series currently taking place across Australia, have featured a variety of acts including dance troupes, jugglers, magicians, incredible animals and death-defying stunts.
In an AGT first, each of the judges will have one shot at the new Golden Buzzer that will put an act straight through to the semi-finals. And in another twist, this season will see the introduction of a viewer-voted Wildcard to send one lucky performer directly to the Grand Finale.
The Got Talent format, co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment globally, holds the Guinness World Records title for the highest number of adaptations, making it officially the world’s most successful reality TV format. Since 2006 it has expanded to 183 countries with more than 500 million viewers.