Tal­ent pool has rip­ple ef­fect

Guy Se­bas­tian says there’s room for all on TV tal­ent quests, writes

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IS Aus­tralia’s tal­ent pool big enough for ri­val TV tal­ent shows The Voice and The X Fac­tor? Guy Se­bas­tian, a men­tor and judge on The X Fac­tor, says he’d won­dered that him­self be­fore he and fel­low men­tors and judges Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte, Ronan Keat­ing and Mel B scoured the na­tion look­ing for its new Top 24.

First stop Mel­bourne, dis­ap­pointed in the au­di­tions stakes, says Se­bas­tian, but the tide turned when the search headed out of the big cities.

‘‘We got to the Gold Coast and – no joke – I reckon we saw more tal­ent than we saw just about all of last year,’’ says Se­bas­tian.

‘‘I could have picked a Top 12 right there and then. And then we went on to Perth – and we saw some in­cred­i­ble tal­ent. And then in Sydney, the same thing hap­pened.’’

Se­bas­tian loves his job nur­tur­ing per­form­ers as they vie for a shot to be­come record­ing artists. He men­tored a young Reece Mas­ton to a win last year.

‘‘It’s a great po­si­tion to be in, find­ing artists and song­writ­ers, peo­ple who will go on to be­come proper artists, who’ll have longevity,’’ he says.

‘‘I sup­pose that’s the rea­son this show has been ap­peal­ing to both young and old for so long. The X Fac­tor has a proven track record. It cre­ates stars . . . peo­ple like Leona Lewis, One Di­rec­tion, your Alexan­dra Burkes, and Cher Lloyds – and closer to home Reece who has just had an­other No. 1 and Johnny (Ruffo), who’s also killing it.’’

‘‘So this is a show that does launch peo­ple’s ca­reers and a lot of that is be­cause they get to go through the men­tor­ing process week af­ter week af­ter week.

‘‘As a men­tor, you be­come at­tached to their de­vel­op­ment, watch­ing how much they im­prove and learn and how ready they can get to form a ca­reer.’’

Se­bas­tian says times have changed since he won a TV tal­ent show.

‘‘TV tal­ent shows have been around a long time now. They’ve be­come the ac­cepted way to get a start,’’ he says.

‘‘Peo­ple have over­come the prej­u­dice that used to ex­ist, all the think­ing, ‘Should I or shouldn’t I go on a TV show’.

‘‘Now they just do it, be­cause that’s the way you get your start.’’

Mon­day and Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

judges Mel B, Ronan Keat­ing, Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte and Guy Se­bas­tian.

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