Talent careers take off
‘‘ While I’m in America I’m going to be writing (songs for a second album) with some really great writers who have written some really big hits, so I’m really excited about that,’’ Vidgen says.
Coming second on Australia’s Got Talent hasn’t hurt illusionist Cosentino (below, right). ‘‘ I had done it hard (before appearing on the show) and now I’m performing in three different states each week,’’ Cosentino says.
‘‘ Endorsement offers are coming in, I’ve got a national tour coming up next year, I’m in talks for my own TV show, and there is a lot of international interest.’’
The overseas interest in Vidgen and Cosentino is a marker of how much Australia’s Got Talent has changed since it debuted in 2007. Back then, the judges were Dannii Minogue, Red Symons and Tom Burlinson and the contestants were mostly Red Faces-style novelty acts. Last year, Seven replaced Symons and Burlinson with Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden and the show went up a notch in the ratings.
The 2010 winners, hip-hop group Justice Crew, have since released two platinum singles.