Tal­ent teaser

Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent has some­thing old (Si­mon), some­thing new (Tyra) and a whole bunch of bor­rowed acts…

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Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent Sea­son 12 Week­days (from Mon­day 28 Au­gust) M-Net (*101) 18:30

Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent (2006- cur­rent) re­turns with baldie Howie Man­del, Spice Girl Mel B, model mom Heidi Klum and Mr Nasty Si­mon Cow­ell judg­ing Amer­ica’s crazy and crazy tal­ented peo­ple, along with a brand­new host – Amer­ica’s Next Top Model (2003- cur­rent) cre­ator and judge Tyra Banks. This is the first time in 12 sea­sons that Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent has had a fe­male host. Busy Tyra, who was work­ing on her two series si­mul­ta­ne­ously, joked, “Maybe I’ll have my mod­els do crazy stuff! I want to see them do a back­flip while jug­gling and yo­delling.” “Smize, y’all” – Tyra’s madeup word for re­mind­ing mod­els to smile just with their eyes!


With the never-end­ing num­ber of re­al­ity tal­ent shows on TV, it would be sur­pris­ing if peo­ple weren’t tak­ing an­other shot at fame. And we’re not just talk­ing about the host and judges. While pretty much no­body in SA will recog­nise dancer Can­ion Shi­jir­bat as the run­ner-up on Mon­go­lia’s Got Tal­ent sea­son 2 (2016), you’ll recog­nise singing ven­tril­o­quist Darci Lynne Farmer and child band Pel­i­can 212 from Steve Har­vey’s show Lit­tle Big Shots (2016 and 2017), roller­skat­ing sib­lings Billy and Emily Eng­land from Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent sea­son 9 (2015) and Ukrain­ian dance crew Light Bal­ance from Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent sea­son 8 (2014) and loads more who’re try­ing their luck on this show.


But it’s not just a bunch of oldies in the new sea­son. They’ll be daz­zling view­ers with fresh new tal­ent like Jokgu, the key­board-play­ing chicken (episode 1). Don’t let her shaky start fool you – she has the chops(sticks). And ma­gi­cian Will Tsai has cre­ated an act specif­i­cally for the show (also in episode 1) that will send view­ers rac­ing to the in­ter­net to find out how it’s done.

From left: Howie, Mel B, Si­mon, Heidi and new host Tyra Banks.

Jokgu the mu­si­cal hen.

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