LITTLE WONDER IT’S A BIG SUCCESS
WORKING with kids, it’s always best to expect the unexpected.
Take Nikita Leskovec, for example, who entered Seven’s new talent series Little Big Shots to show off her hidden skill … galloping like a horse.
This may not be the kind of display you’d see on other song and dance shows, but praising kids with unique abilities – whether that be sporting prowess, an incredible mind or just a hobby – is why this format was created by US talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. “It’s a celebration of kids. There are no judges and there is no judgment,” says host Shane Jacobson (below, with Nikita).
The series is a TV and online sensation in the US, where it is hosted by Steve Harvey. And Jacobson sees why – he loves the show’s inclusive nature. “It’s any kid with any ability,” he says.
“It might be a talent, a hobby, a quirk, a thing they can do which other kids can’t. It’s kids just doing what they love.”
So, if put to the test, what can Jacobson do that would set him apart?
“I can wobble my eyes really fast, unbelievably fast … but I don’t think that’s enough to get me on television,” he laughs.