Star search

The hunt for the coun­try’s next big su­per­star has be­gun with the new sea­son of SA’s Got Tal­ent.

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Jamie Bartlett (left) and Tol Ass Mo are look­ing for tal­ented lo­cals on SA’s Got Tal­ent. Sea­son 7 Sun­days (from 4 Septem­ber) (*194) 18:05

SA’s Got Tal­ent (2009- cur­rent), the re­al­ity TV show that cel­e­brates tal­ents of ev­ery kind, is back for an­other in­stal­ment and view­ers are about to be amazed by what South Africa has in store… for the sev­enth time. Af­ter last sea­son’s con­tro­ver­sial win­ner DJ Arch Ju­nior (4) made head­lines for his de­bat­able tal­ent [if it was ac­tu­ally him mak­ing the mu­sic], this sea­son of SA’s Got Tal­ent (SAGT) has new tal­ent it­self. Jamie Bartlett joins as a judge along­side Shado Twala and DJ Fresh, re­plac­ing Lalla Hi­rayama, and Tol Ass Mo plays host af­ter fel­low co­me­dian Tats Nkonzo’s exit at the end Shado Twala. DJ Fresh. of last sea­son. As SAGT new­bies, Jamie and Mo have trav­elled SA in search of the show’s next win­ner and can’t wait for some­thing they’re both ex­pe­ri­enc­ing for the very first time – live TV.

JAMIE (50)

How did you go from David Ge­naro (on Rhythm City, 2007-cur­rent) to Jamie the judge? I was hes­i­tant to take the job and had to think long and hard about it. I’m used to hid­ing be­hind char­ac­ters and masks and some of the episodes [on SAGT] are live, so I was wor­ried be­cause I’ve never done that be­fore. I called my dad and he con­vinced me and told me that I’m brave enough to over­come any fear I had. [David was off­screen while Jamie was trav­el­ling around SA film­ing SAGT, which is how Jamie is able to be on both shows at the same time]. And how has it been so far? I’m on the streets of Joburg ev­ery­day, so I talk to mil­lions of peo­ple and take pho­tos with them. I know peo­ple, so see­ing them com­ing onto the stage is great. That’s the power of SA’s Got Tal­ent; the back­story and the rich­ness of it. SA makes golden re­al­ity TV and the for­mat is so rich and emo­tive. How have you ad­justed to your first non­act­ing gig? I’ve been ad­vised quite a lot by my fel­low judges . From the get-go, I’m look­ing at ev­ery act think­ing, “Is this one worth the R500 000 [prize]?” I’m a clas­si­cally trained ac­tor, so I’m do­ing well with cues. What are you look­ing for in a win­ner? A unique, sin­gu­lar act that moves me in­side. I need to see a gen­uine skill that has been pol­ished and worked hard at. Are you the nice, neu­tral or nasty judge? I say “no” a lot more, but not be­cause I’m try­ing to play a role. I have high stan­dards, for my­self and what I do.


What drew you to host­ing SA’s Got Tal­ent? I’ve been part of the fam­ily for a while, so af­ter they called me up for a screen test, they fell in love with my char­ac­ter. Niche tal­ent in­spires me. Plus, I’ve never done live TV be­fore. How has the SAGT ex­pe­ri­ence been for you with the judges? It’s been a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I am work­ing with legends. Jamie’s a th­es­pian, Fresh is a world-renowned DJ and mam’Shado has been in the sys­tem since be­fore black peo­ple were al­lowed. Any stand-out acts so far? The lit­tle kids – they’re so cute and do the most amaz­ing things. It’s cool how par­ents are able to cul­ti­vate their kids’ tal­ent. Where do you think the next win­ner is go­ing to come from? I’m for ev­ery­one. I’m a viewer, even though I’m on the show. I’ve been im­pressed by a few acts so far, but it’s hard to tell yet. And what tal­ent would you show if you weren’t host­ing? I’d be a hu­man sil­hou­ette in a fake sumo wrestler suit with a tutu and a hula hoop ran­domly danc­ing about on stage. I’m bring­ing some of that Tol Ass Mo flavour to the mix.

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