Australia's Got Talent


#41

this is terrible, it going to be hard for some to accept but I think it is clear that this show needs Kyle Sandilands,

and what were they thinking with that cute-o-meter promo, I hope it was meant sarcastically, more like puke-o-meter.


#42

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#43

THE SEMI-FINALS ARE HERE
TONIGHT AT 7.30PM ON NINE

The semi-finals of Australia’s Got Talent, the show that celebrates the unique and brilliant from all walks of life, begin tonight at 7.30pm on Channel Nine.

The auditions have unearthed plenty of genuine talent as well as a smattering of the truly bizarre and tonight the competition really starts to heat up.

Competing in the first semi-final are:

ALYSHA JONES
Opera singer
McDonald’s worker Alysha moved to Australia from the UK nine years ago. She found the transition hard but began classical training and found joy in opera singing. Alysha met her husband when they were both working at McDonald’s. This hardcore heavy metal fan may love her food and music fast and hard, but when it comes to singing she has the voice of an angel and is hoping her semi-final performance, singing a favourite from Phantom of the Opera, will win over the judges.

PHLY CREW
Comedy dance troupe
Phly Crew have been dancing together for five years. Beginning as a duo with James and Neale in 2009, the group expanded and describe themselves as a mix between hip hop and Monty Python. Founding member James chose dance over volleyball after he was offered a scholarship to the USA, following captaincy of the NSW State team. The quirky, comedic nature of Phly Crew brought a smile to the faces of the judges, but will it be enough to deliver for the troupe in the semi-finals?

SISTERS DOLL
Glam rock band
This band of brothers is made up of Brennan, Bryce and Austin. Originally from Collie in WA, they moved to Melbourne with their mum to pursue their dream while their dad is still back home working in the mines. The boys’ dad is the reason they formed an 80s glam rock band. He was a drummer and a huge Kiss fan. Performing an original song, the boys are hoping the judges and Australia will want to rock ‘n’ roll all night.

PARDEEP
Dancer
Taxi driver Pardeep is a Michael Jackson dance impersonator who works as a cabbie in Young, NSW. The married father of two started dancing at the age of 11 when he was living in India. He did his MJ routine at his university graduation party back home in India, and here in Australia at his boss’s birthday party. He thrilled the judges during his audition and is hoping he’ll be more dangerous than bad in his semi-final.

MICK & EMMA – GOLDEN BUZZER
Dancers
Mick and Emma have a brother/sister relationship. They partnered when Emma was five and Mick was 12 and have been performing together ever since. Their act is a mesmerising aerial performance and their dream is to one day be a part of Cirque du Soleil. Their spellbinding performance during the auditions earned them a Golden Buzzer straight through to the semi-finals and tonight they’re out to hit next level.

VIOLETA BOZANIC
Singer/pianist
Eleven-year-old Violeta started singing at five. A well-rehearsed performer, she has two lessons per week, one piano and one vocal. She comes from a close family who help with her performances – her father is her manager and her mum, a hairdresser, does her hair and makeup. This pint-sized schoolgirl amazed the judges with her beautiful voice, and for the semi-finals she tackles one of the most popular and challenging songs in the world.


#44

THE SEMI-FINALS CONTINUE
SUNDAY AT 8.00PM & MONDAY AT 7.30PM ON NINE

We’re well and truly at the pointy end of Australia’s Got Talent, with the semi-finals set to continue this Sunday at 7.00pm and Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine.

A total of ten incredible, and at times bizarre, acts will battle it out across two massive nights for a coveted place in the Grand Final of the show that celebrates the unique and brilliant from all walks of life.

Competing in the next two semi-finals are:

SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY

THE ELLIOTT SISTERS
Singers
This wartime-era swing group is made up of three sisters who take inspiration from their grandad who was a musician in the 1940s. They love the ability to connect with today’s generation through an older style of music. As kids, they would go on family camping trips and always sang together. Brianna is a full-time social worker, Lauren a banker, and Lexi is an early childhood educator. During the auditions they won over Dicko, who even managed to steal a good old-fashioned dance with the sisters’ nan in the audience.

CARTER
Child dancer
Five-year-old Carter is an everyday kid with an amazing talent well beyond his years to pick up hip hop dance and choreography. Carter has a little sister, Chloe, who he adores and who is the boss. His first ever performance was at the age of two and his dream is to one day join a Queensland dance group, but he has to wait until he turns eight. This kid from the ’hood will step it up for the semi-finals.

GENTLEMEN OF DECEIT
Funny illusionists
Alex, Vyom and Luke met at a secret magic society. When they saw each other performing they decided to create an act as a trio – something they hadn’t seen before – for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2011. Their audition performance even won over magic sceptic Eddie, but will their semi-final performance be too much for Kelly?

BOSKO & HONEY
Ukulele duo
These progressive ukulele players were young backpackers who fell in love, got married in 2004 and moved to the remote tourist town of Kuranda near Cairns. Their name, Bosko & Honey, makes reference to 1920s cartoon characters. Their act draws heavily on Honey’s love of heavy metal music. The judges were not expecting such a strong voice out of Honey during their audition performance, and their semi-final song is set to be just as avant garde.

SUKHJIT
Slam poet
Sukhjit, 21, made global headlines after her powerful audition covering racism and life as a proud Sikh went viral. Fighting for race and gender equality through her spoken-word act, she aims to be thought-provoking and controversial in an effort to evoke change. Loud and proud, she often has heated debates with people on the bus. She is confrontational and believes that if people are not shocked they’re never going to change. Her semi-final performance is set to generate just as much debate and opinion.

MATT McLAREN
Blind singer
Matt McLaren has been blind since the age of two. Accompanied on stage by his guide dog Stamford, he inspired the judges and audience at his audition, leaving Sophie in tears. At his home in the Hunter region of NSW he has a studio where he rehearses, writes and produces music. He will take on a super-tough ballad in the semi-finals.

MONDAY 29 FEBRUARY

THE HENRY TWINS
Child dancers
These adorable five-year-old twins were born one minute apart, but now they keep in perfect time when they dance together. The girls were eight weeks premature, weighed just 1.7kg each (the size of their dad’s hand), and had to spend six weeks in hospital after birth. Their audition performance made the judges smile and now they’re hoping to ascend to the next level.

JESSIE DALEY
Magician
Jessie claims to be Australia’s youngest working illusionist. Every day after school he would watch magic shows on TV. At high school, he happened upon the Ashton Family Circus, who’ve been performing for 180 years, saw the show and asked the manager if he could do work experience with them. He ended up working with Ashtons for three years, performing after school. He now performs fulltime with the circus. His semi-final performance will bring back the magic of the circus in a theatrical death-defying stunt.

SUSIE JAY & JOE ACE
Impersonators
Susie and Joe have been married for 19 years after meeting in a karaoke bar where Susie was the host. They are both impersonators – Joe does Tom Jones and Elvis, Susie mainly Tina Turner – and they love performing together. They spend most of their time living in a caravan with their dog, travelling around chasing gigs. For the semi-finals, they will recreate one of the truly great classic movie songs – will they be the one that the judges love?

KING SOCIAL
Band
Hailing from Townsville, King Social’s music is where country meets rap. Singer Angus pulled the band together and they made their first recording in 2012. Playing only originals, their dream is to make King Social their full-time gig and perform as a band for a living. They’re hoping the judges will send them rocking into the Grand Final.

SHOWKO
Ventriloquist
Ventriloquist Showko was a radio announcer in her native Singapore and prior to that a police officer who taught traffic safety to cadets by using puppets and ventriloquism. Her nine-year-old son is the inspiration for a number of her puppets. She makes them all herself and has at least 30. Showko’s ventriloquism brought a smile to the judges in the audition stage and her act will introduce viewers to her oldest, most trusted puppet.

ERIK THE DOG
Robot dog comedian
Erik is a robotic doggy comedian – a masseur and relationship counsellor during the day and loveable rouge on stage by night. During the audition he confessed his love for Kelly, forgot Sophie’s name and even caused Dicko to blush. But in the end he won over Dave Hughes, who used his Golden Buzzer to automatically put Erik through to the semi-finals. Erik will also take it to the next level in the semis, leaving viewers to either fall in love with this cheeky robot canine or just view him as barking mad.


#45

Are the finalist shows not live? If so why not? They used to be on 7?..


#46

I don’t think the semi-finals were shown live either when the show was on Seven.
According to the website of Her Majesty’s Theatre (where AGT is filmed), Georgy Girl is currently playing there until March 20, so it could still be possible the grand final will be held there sometime after that.


#47

Is anyone watching this?


#48

LAST OF THE SEMI-FINALS
SUNDAY AT 8.00PM & MONDAY AT 7.30PM ON NINE

Over two big nights, twelve acts will do battle in the last of the semi-finals of Australia’s Got Talent, this Sunday at 8.00pm and Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine.

The stakes will be high as a mix of the very extraordinary, the ultra-gifted and the downright peculiar compete for the four remaining places in the Grand Final of the show that celebrates the unique and brilliant from all walks of life.

Competing in the remaining two semi-finals are:

SUNDAY 6 MARCH

IRMA AND SISKO
Dancing dog

Irma and her dog Sisko have been dancing together for four years. They are self-taught. Irma’s two dogs are her babies – Sisko and Alexander (who is old and too sick to dance). They often have movie nights in and order pizza (Sisko’s favorite is vegetarian) and they have ice cream nights where the dogs eat Magnums. Irma provides lavish meals for her pets, including steak and fresh salmon. She will be hoping that Sisko plays ball during their semi-final performance.

JAN VAN DE STOOL
Australia’s Funniest Housewife

Jan left the judges in stitches during her audition performance. Born in a small village in the Netherlands, Jan now lives in Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast. She works as a musical therapist at the local scout hall. From a young age she knew she had a powerful voice and a knack for making people laugh. Her biggest inspiration is her husband – and cousin – Pieter. Jan will be hoping some of her practical life advice and music hits the right note with the judges.

EQUALS
Dance crew

Comprised of five members, Equals is a high-energy, intense dance crew whose performances convey a message of being equal. The name Equals represents who they are, a diverse bunch. Sam (21) studies architecture, AB (23) studies education, Alex (22) is a theatre orderly at a hospital, Ben (23) is a performer at Movie World and Jack (19) is a dance teacher. The group have been together for just three months and formed especially for AGT. They have devised a high-energy routine for their semi-final performance, complete with twists, turns and flips.

CALLUM THE HEAVY METAL KID
Guitar player

Callum is a child prodigy. He has been teaching himself to play the guitar since he was seven. Now, at the age of 10, he is a member of Australian MENSA, has the spelling ability of of a 30-year-old, the reading ability of a 17- year-old, and the language skills and memory of someone 25. He also knows the first 120 digits of Pi. Callum loves rock music and his idols are Metallica. He busks weekly, with his dad as his roadie, and has bought a baby grand piano and guitar with the earnings. His dream is to be a guitar-playing astrophysicist. He rocked it at the auditions and now this pint-sized genius with musical ability beyond his years is hoping to bring the house down with Metallica’s Enter Sandman.

THE SHAKE MAN
Dancer

Samuel arrived in Australia in 1997 from Brazil and started taking part in Brazilian festivals and the Brazilian music scene in Sydney 10 years ago. There that he discovered he could move his body in a way that allowed him to shake – and It’s unlike any shaking you have ever seen. He gave up his construction worker job and now shakes fulltime. Will he shake up the semi-finals and impress the judges?

SUBIH BROTHERS
Singers

West Australian twins Shaheen, Manuell, 16, and their little brother Andre, 11, are brothers hoping to be as big as the Jackson 5. Shaheen and Manuel have been performing since the age of five. Young Andre would watch them and “always dream of being able to sing with them”. Eventually he was old enough. The boys perform locally and have a big local fan base. They say Andre is the Harry Styles of the group because he has the cute factor. Their semi-final performance sees them take on one of the Jackson 5’s biggest hits.

MONDAY 7 MARCH

MINNIE COOPER AND HER TINY TEENY TAPPERS
Drag queen with dancers

Minnie Cooper, devised 13 years ago, is a singing and dancing drag queen backed up by a troupe of dancers.
After 20 years in theatre, Aaron created Minnie Cooper and enlisted the students he teaches at tap dancing school to be his back up. Minnie’s routine brought a smile to the judges’ face and she’s hoping her semi-final performance will be fabulous, daaarling!

TJ KRAUSE
Speed drummer

Fourteen-year-old TJ captured the nation’s heart when he performed a drum solo – and danced up a storm – at the auditions. His infectious humour and confidence particularly won over Kelly, who used her Golden Buzzer to immediately put him through to the semi-finals. TJ was born in Ethiopia into a poor family. At the age of two, his dad died and TJ and his little brother AJ were put in an orphanage as their mother couldn’t afford to look after them. At four, he and his brother were adopted and he got his first toy, pair of shoes and his first proper meal. He moved to Australia and, because he couldn’t speak English, tried to talk to the indigenous Aussies in his native Ethiopian tongue as he thought they looked the same as him. While TJ hasn’t been back to Ethiopia since, and has a deep love of Australia, his heritage shines through in his performance, and he is hoping Uptown Funk will see him through to the Grand Final.

NOA
Rapper/Singer

NOA is a jack of all trades in the music biz: singer, dancer, writer, choreographer. He is even writing a “fictional biography”. As a child he appeared on Saturday Disney and is now the lead rapper in his group. Drawing on Lady Gaga and Madonna for inspiration, NOA believes in complete perfection. He had a No.1 on the Urban Download Charts for a mega mix he put together. Away from the stage, the lights and the extravagant costumes, NOA works at a bowling alley in Western Sydney and practices on the lanes whenever he can. For his semi-final performance he will sing an original song.

CHRIS TAMWOY
Musician

Chris is a radio announcer on a country station in Brisbane. He got his first guitar at nine and for the first couple of years he would play in the traditional style that he learnt from watching YouTube videos. Upon moving to the Torres Straits when he was 12, he started playing lap style after seeing the John Butler Trio playing Better Than on banjo. At 13, he moved to Brisbane to go to high school and lived with his nan. She was an important person in his life, who died in 2008. She had taught him many life lessons he lives by today, including acknowledging the owners of the land. As he says, “The land is just like another person’s house.” Watching Chris’s fingers dance over his guitar strings is deeply captivating and serene, and he is hoping his semi-final performance captures the judges’ imagination.

ROTHOMATIC
Robot man

Rothomatic may have left many scratching their heads after his audition performance, but he connected with judge Eddie Perfect, who used his Golden Buzzer to put him through to the semi-finals. Rothomatic has been performing for five years and, as well as his unique robot act, he is also a drummer and does fire twirling, beat boxing and bubble performances. Will Rothomatic step it up for the semi-finals or will he fail to light up the stage?

FLETCHER PILON
Singer/songwriter

Fourteen-year-old singer/songwriter Fletcher’s performance in the auditions went viral around the world and captured hearts from Australia to America. Fletcher has been performing since he was 11 and gigs on weekends at pubs and markets, Christmas Carol concerts and birthday parties. His younger brother Banjo died after being hit by a car while skateboarding just before Fletcher’s AGT audition. They were extremely close and Fletch wrote a song about his brother to perform in his memory, called Infinite Child. He has a change of tempo in the semi-final performance and is hoping to rock the house.


#49

According to the footnote of the Sophie Monk feature in today’s Herald Sun, the grand final will be shown over two nights - Sunday week (March 13) at 8pm and Monday week (March 14) at 7.30pm.


#50

I am a lover of the Got Talent format, especially the UK version but I think that works better due to culturally ingrained variety acts and stronger comedy elements.

Caught an encore tonight having not had time to watch the series so far and it just felt so cheap. The editing was weird and Dave Hughes looked more like he won a competition than a host. His suit was woeful. It just felt like it was lacking. Ah well,


#51

I caught the replay tonight too. What a load of rubbish :unamused:


#52

GRAND FINAL
SUNDAY AT 8.00PM & MONDAY AT 7.30PM ON NINE

Over two big nights, eleven acts will battle it out in the AGT Grand Final this Sunday at 8.00pm and Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine.

Competing in the two-part finale are:

FLETCHER PILON
Singer/songwriter
Fourteen-year-old singer/songwriter Fletcher’s performance in the auditions went viral around the world and captured hearts from Australia to America. His semi-finals performance rocked the house. Fletcher has been performing since he was 11 and gigs on weekends at pubs and markets, Christmas carol concerts and birthday parties. His younger brother Banjo died after being hit by a car while skateboarding just before Fletcher’s AGT audition. The two were extremely close and Fletch wrote a song about his brother to perform in his memory, called Infinite Child.

EQUALS
Dance crew
The five-member Equals are a high-energy and intense dance crew whose performances convey a message of being equal. The name Equals represents who they are, a diverse bunch. Sam (21) studies architecture, AB (23) studies education, Alex (22) is a theatre orderly at a hospital, Ben (23) is a performer at Movie World and Jack (19) is a dance teacher. The group have been together for just three months and formed especially for AGT. They devised a high-octane routine for their semi-finals performance, complete with twists, turns and flips.

CALLUM THE HEAVY METAL KID
Guitar player
Callum is a child prodigy and the judges headbanged their way through his semi-final performance of Metallica’s Enter Sandman. He has been teaching himself to play the guitar since the age of seven. At just 10 years old he is a member of Australian MENSA, has the spelling ability of someone 30, the reading ability of a 17-year-old, language skills of a 25-year-old and memory of a person 25. He also knows the first 120 digits of Pi. Callum loves rock music and his idols are Metallica. He busks weekly, with his dad as his roadie, and has bought a baby grand piano and guitar with earnings. His dream is to be a guitar-playing astrophysicist.

KING SOCIAL
Band
Hailing from Townsville, King Social’s music is where country meets rap. Their semi-final performance won the hearts of viewers who voted for the band to appear in the Grand Final. Singer Angus pulled the band together and they made their first recording in 2012. Playing only originals, they represent a Townsville summer. Their dream is to make King Social their fulltime gig and perform as a band for a living.

ERIK THE DOG
Robot dog comedian
Erik is a robotic doggy comedian – a masseur and relationship counsellor during the day and loveable rouge by night on stage. He definitely got it on during the semi-finals, singing and dancing his way through a sexy routine with back-up dancers. During the audition he confessed his love for Kelly, forgot Sophie’s name and caused even Dicko to blush. But in the end he won over Dave Hughes, who used his Golden Buzzer to automatically put Erik through to the semi-finals. Now this doggy comedian is hoping to become top dog and win the Grand Final.

MATT MCLAREN
Blind singer
Singer Matt McLaren has been blind since the age of two. Accompanied on stage by his guide dog Stamford, he hopes to inspire people through his performance. At his home in the Hunter region of NSW he has a studio where he rehearses, writes and produces music. Both his girlfriend and parents are great supporters, as of course is Stamford, all of who will be cheering him on in the grand final.

GENTLEMEN OF DECEIT
Funny illusionists
Alex, Vyom and Luke met at a secret magic society. When they saw each other performing they decided to create an act as a trio – something they hadn’t seen before – for the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011.
Their audition performance even won over magic-sceptic Eddie, and their semi-final performance was almost too much for Kelly when they magically “smashed” her phone with a sledgehammer. Will another judge fall victim to the Gentlemen’s magic in the Grand Final?

PHLY CREW
Comedy dance troupe
Phly Crew have been dancing together for five years. Beginning as a duo with James and Neale in 2009, the group expanded and describe themselves as a mix between hip hop and Monty Python. Founding member James chose dance over volleyball after he was offered a scholarship to the USA, following captaincy of the NSW State team. The quirky, comedic nature of Phly Crew brought a smile to the faces of the judges during their semi-final act of Irish jigging around toilets, and the troupe will be hoping that the luck of the Irish delivers in the Grand Final.

SISTERS DOLL
Glam rock band
This band of brothers is made up of Brennan, Bryce and Austin. Originally from Collie in WA, they moved to Melbourne with their mum to pursue their dream of the band while their dad is still back home working in the mines. Dad is the reason they formed an 80s glam rock band. He was a drummer and a huge Kiss fan. The boys performed an original song during the semi-finals and won over Australia. Now Sisters Doll are hoping they’ll glam rock all the way to a Grand Final win.

RAW & RUGGED
Raw & Rugged is an urban dance troupe containing 46 dancers with an age range of seven to 30. Leader Bridgette and husband Junior started the group after leaving their jobs as fulltime dance teachers to help disadvantaged kids dance. All members of the crew help each other out – one took in two of the younger dancers from New Zealand to help them start a new life in Australia. The group are ecstatic they received a Wildcard through to the Grand Final.

  • The final act to make it through to the Grand Final will be announced at the start of Sunday’s program.

#53

Will the grand final next Monday be pre-recorded? If so, how will the winner be decided?

UPDATE: Monday’s grand final will be shown live (AEDT). Also, it is held in Sydney (probably Fox Studios). This morning (11/3) KIIS 101.1 held a short competition just before 8am with listeners performing their voice talent in order to win a trip to Sydney next Monday to see the finale and meet Dave Hughes.


#54

FLETCHER PILON WINS AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT

Fletcher Pilon was tonight crowned the winner of Australia’s Got Talent.

The 14-year-old singer/songwriter from Wamberal on the NSW Central Coast received the greatest number of public votes across the two-part grand finale.

As the ultimate victor in the show that celebrates the unique and brilliant from all walks of life, he takes home a cheque for a life-changing $250,000.

After six audition episodes and five semi-finals, eleven acts were eventually selected to battle it out in the first part of the grand finale on Sunday.

Tonight we learnt that joining Fletcher in the top five acts, as voted by the public, were Chris Tamwoy, King Social, Sisters Doll and Matt McLaren.

Each of those acts gave us one final performance in an all-out contest to win the title of AGT champion of 2016.

But there could only be one winner.

Fletcher reprised the song he performed during his audition, Infinite Child, which was written in his brother’s memory. Fletcher’s younger brother, Banjo, died after being hit by a car while skateboarding just before Fletcher’s AGT audition.


#55

Anybody care?


#56

I’ve recorded last 2 weeks’ shows but have decided to just delete them off my set top box. I only saw the first few episodes and found it boring.


#57

[quote=“Kushaa, post:56, topic:383, full:true”]
I’ve recorded last 2 weeks’ shows but have decided to just delete them off my set top box. I only saw the first few episodes and found it boring.
[/quote] If Nine bring it back, they are stupid. Wouldn’t surprise me though as The Verdict is back for its second season.


#58

That’s a bit different though - The Verdict was basically a contract sweetener for Karl


#59

Time to move this topic back to Seven


#60

Dear lord.