The show must go on

Be­fore the an­nounce­ment of Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent’s 2013 win­ner, Guy Davis looks back with host Ju­lia Mor­ris at a se­ries packed with prom­ise, po­ten­tial and pow­er­house per­for­mances.

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It’s usu­ally the case that the grand fi­nal of a TV tal­ent quest is cause for celebration or, at the very least, ex­cite­ment.

Leave it to Ju­lia Mor­ris to buck the trend – she’s not ter­ri­bly thrilled about the an­nounce­ment of the Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent win­ner on Sun­day.

No, she’s not bored with her host­ing role on the pop­u­lar Nine pro­gram or any­thing like that.

It’s just that hav­ing the show’s “best of the best” com­pet­ing against one another, with only one emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous, is “some­thing I don’t re­ally like be­cause I’m so ter­ri­bly fond of each and ev­ery one of them”, Mor­ris said.

There’s plenty to be fond of, with the di­verse line- up of acts mak­ing it through to the grand fi­nal in­clud­ing singers, dancers, acro­bats and, in

Ithe case of South Aus­tralia’s Ray­mond Crowe, an “unusu­al­ist” – a de­scrip­tion that gives Mor­ris plenty of joy.

“Aren’t we all un­usu­al­ists on so many lev­els?” she said.

Mor­ris may be a fan of the dozen ta­lented in­di­vid­u­als and groups who have made it all the way through the AGT process, but even she was com­pelled to sin­gle out a few that had caught her at­ten­tion and won her heart.

“The three- piece band Un­cle Jed has a singer whose voice ac­tu­ally hurt our feel­ings – it’s so beau­ti­ful,” she said.

“And Swaga­mama, the Bris­bane boys in the masks with their ex­tra­or­di­nary dance style – one of them ac­tu­ally re­signed from his job live on air to pur­sue this AGT dream, which I thought was ter­ri­bly ex­cit­ing!”

Thir­teen- year- old singer An­gel (“some peo­ple were con­vinced she was a pro­fes­sional per­former who’d come on the show, and with that name and that voice the head­lines just write them­selves!”) and young dance out­fit Academy of Brothers were also note­wor­thy and, like many AGT view­ers, Mor­ris was spell­bound by the strength and agility of the wheel­chair- bound Other Su­per­man.

“That Par­a­lympian who climbed that silk strand and spun above our heads,” she said.

Top, judges Dawn French, Ti­mo­matic, Geri Hal­li­well and Kyle Sandi­lands; right, Ju­lia Mor­ris with some con­tes­tant hope­fuls.

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