The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News - SUN­DAY, 7PM, SEVEN By Amelia Saw

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.

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