ABOUT AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT

Number of Seasons: 7

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. It was hosted by Grant Denyer, with Dannii Minogue, Tom Burlinson and Red Symons acting as judges. From series seven, the show will be broadcast on the Nine Network.

The first series 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 series ended on 25 July 2012. A seventh series has been confirmed, and will air in 2013.

Format

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 AUD250,000

In the first series 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 series 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 to Melbournes Docklands, with a larger sound stage and set.

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