Australia’s Seven Network and Fremantle are bringing back the reality competition format Australia’s Got Talent, which originally went off the net in 2012.
After airing on Seven Network in 2012, Aussie net Nine picked up the format for one season in 2013 before dropping it due to poor ratings. It was later picked up again by Nine for one season in 2016 before once again being cancelled.
The Got Talent format was created by Simon Cowell and is co-owned by SYCO Entertainment and Fremantle. According to a release from Fremantle, the Got Talent format was watched by half a billion people in 2018 alone, with 71 local versions appearing across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
Past Got Talent winners include America’s Got Talent ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer and magician Shin Lim. In the UK, Britain’s Got Talent unearthed talents such as Paul Potts, whose debut album hit the top of the charts in 13 countries, and Susan Boyle, who has had number one albums in over 40 countries.
“Family-friendly variety shows have always played an important role in Seven’s schedule and the timing feels right for the biggest of them all – AGT – to return home to Seven in 2019,” said Channel Seven’s director of network programming, Angus Ross, in a statement.
“The Got Talent format is a global phenomenon with audiences and its production values are without peer,” added Fremantle CEO, Asia Pacific, Chris Oliver-Taylor. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Seven to bring a local version of this scale to Australian audiences. Our passionate creative team will deliver a bold and captivating series everyone will enjoy.”