Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 20 NOVEMBER -

Re­al­ity tal­ent show Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent aka AGT (2006-cur­rent) is filling up screens now that lo­cal ver­sion SA’s Got Tal­ent (2009-cur­rent) has wrapped its sev­enth sea­son. And while we’re not go­ing to spill the beans on the tal­ent com­ing your way, we will let you in on a few AGT se­crets, like…

It was planned as the se­cond show 1

in the Got Tal­ent TV fran­chise, but Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent (2006-cur­rent) was held back a year after host Paul O’Grady split with par­ent net­work ITV.

AGT’s orig­i­nal grand prize was a 2

live-per­for­mance show in a Ve­gas casino, but that changed due to pub­lic con­cern of mi­nors work­ing in casi­nos. In­stead, 11-year-old sea­son 1 singing win­ner Bianca Ryan won $1 mil­lion.

But the prize isn’t paid in one go – 3

it’s paid out over 40 years! That’s $25 000 (R346 000) per year.

While tal­ent guru Si­mon Cow­ell 4

cre­ated the Got Tal­ent fran­chise, the 57-year-old Brit’s con­tracts with other re­al­ity tal­ent shows stopped him from be­ing an AGT judge. He has how­ever joined as a judge for sea­sons 11 and 12 (2016 and 2017).

As suc­cess­ful as it’s been, AGT has 5

won none of the 12 awards that it’s been nom­i­nated for to date.

And in 2013, tell-all book In­side 6

AGT: The Un­told Sto­ries Of Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent, sea­son 2 (2007) run­nerup Cas Ha­ley re­vealed: “There was this young girl and while she was au­di­tion­ing, a pro­ducer told us, ‘She made it, let’s give her a hand when she walks in.’ So we cheered when she came through the door and she burst into tears. She didn’t ac­tu­ally make it. They wanted a re­ac­tion from her. That was when I re­alised I couldn’t trust these peo­ple.”

From left: host Nick Can­non and judges Heidi Klum, Howie Man­del, Howard Stern and Mel B.

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