Ta­lent all in the fi­nal de­liv­ery

The judges’ cri­te­ria for sav­ing acts has changed, writes

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DAN­NII Minogue is as tough on her­self and her fel­low Aus­tralia’s Got Ta­lent judges as she is on the con­tes­tants. Minogue says if the win­ner of Chan­nel 7’s re­al­ity ta­lent quest doesn’t go on to be a suc­cess in the entertainment in­dus­try then the re­al­ity show is ‘‘not do­ing its job’’.

Minogue, singer-song­writer Brian McFad­den and shock jock Kyle Sandi­lands have been sit­ting in judg­ment on the ta­lent quest since mid-April.

She says when the au­di­tions were be­ing held the judges were look­ing purely for entertainment value.

But as the show moves closer to de­cid­ing who takes home the $250,000 prize, the judges’ cri­te­ria for sav­ing acts which the view­ers have over­looked has changed.

‘‘To­wards the end we have got to be pro­duc­ing peo­ple who go and do other things and ac­tu­ally see it in the real world, oth­er­wise the show is not do­ing its job,’’ Minogue says.

The first of two fi­nal show­downs screens on Wed­nes­day night and the July 18 grand fi­nal will of­fer view­ers some ex­tra spark with a live per­for­mance by US teen pop sen­sa­tion Justin Bieber.

View­ers will vote for their favourite per­form­ers, with the top two acts on each of the show­downs win­ning a place in the grand fi­nal.

The next three most pop­u­lar acts will be at the mercy of Minogue, McFad­den and Sandi­lands with only two each night get­ting a chance at the big prize.

The fi­nal win­ner is se­lected solely by viewer vot­ing and so far singer An­drew De Silva is the book­ies’ favourite. He is quoted at $2.50 on Sports­bet, while the band Flow­ers for Mid­night are $3 and mu­si­cal poet Mark Lown­des is $6.

Sandi­lands can over­look an error on the night if an act has a fu­ture in the real world.

‘‘I don’t re­ally worry too much. Mis­takes hap­pen of­ten,’’ he says.

‘‘I think, do I want to see it again and if it has po­ten­tial for growth in the fu­ture.’’

McFad­den was a lit­tle less for­giv­ing.

‘‘I do keep in mind that this per­son could go on to do great things, but if I have to de­cide be­tween a jug­gler and a singer and the jug­gler pulls it off and the singer has a bad night I have to put through the per­son who de­liv­ers.’’

Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

Judges Kyle Sandi­lands, Dan­nii Minogue and Brian McFad­den.

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