Talented judges await their fates following quest axing
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.