Tal­ented judges await their fates fol­low­ing quest ax­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION - – DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

AUS­TRALIA’S Got Tal­ent judges Dan­nii Minogue, Brian McFad­den and Kyle Sandi­lands will know next month if they still have a job. Chan­nel 7 have axed the long-run­ning re­al­ity tal­ent search se­ries, blam­ing es­ca­lat­ing pro­duc­tion costs and dwin­dling au­di­ences. The de­ci­sion comes just two weeks af­ter Seven had con­firmed the re­al­ity tal­ent show search would be re­turn­ing in 2013. There are re­ports Minogue will re­main with the net­work and McFad­den and Sandi­lands will be let go.

How­ever, a Seven spokes­woman said a de­ci­sion had not been made. ‘‘We have a great re­la­tion­ship with the judges,’’ the spokes­woman said. ‘‘We will meet with them . . . and talk through op­tions.’’ The show’s host Grant Denyer (pic­tured) re­mains with the net­work in his role as a pre­sen­ter on Sun­rise. Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent ran for six sea­sons and was a huge rat­ings win­ner un­til this year when it ran head first into the Chan­nel 9 jug­ger­naut The Voice. In 2011, Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent av­er­aged 1.832 mil­lion view­ers per episode com­pared to 1.144 mil­lion this year. Tues­day tele­casts were the most dis­ap­point­ing, with rat­ings down al­most 43 per cent on last year, and down 26 per cent on Wed­nes­days. In con­trast, The Voice won the rat­ings ev­ery night it screened reg­u­larly pulling more than two mil­lion view­ers. The spokes­woman said the money for the seventh se­ries is likely to be redi­rected into a new re­al­ity se­ries.

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