Talent all in the final delivery
The judges’ criteria for saving acts has changed, writes
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.