Seven reveals judging panel for 2019 season of Australia’s Got Talent including Nicole Scherzinger and Manu Feildel

Australia’s Got Talent will return to Seven in 2019 with an all new judging panel: My Kitchen Rules’ Manu Feildel, actor and Full Monty host Shane Jacobson, US singer Nicole Scherzinger, and actor Lucy Durack

Seven revealed in late 2018 the show had been commissioned after a three-year hiatus since being cancelled by Nine.

Jacobson, Durack, Scherzinger and Feildel

The show has a complicated history on air in Australia. It launched first in 2007 on Seven and ran for six seasons until 2012. It was hosted by Grant Denyer with Dannii Minogue, Tom Burlinson and Red Symons as judges.

In the fourth season, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden replaced Burlinson and Symons to join Minogue and Denyer. All four stayed until the show moved to Nine in 2013, where Dawn French, Timomatic (himself an ex-Australia’s Got Talent winner) and Geri Haliwell joined Sandilands as judges. A Seven injunction blocked Mel B from appearing as a judge. Julia Morris replaced Denyer as host. Nine cancelled the show at the end of the season.

In 2016, Australia’s Got Talent returned to Nine with another new judging panel – Kelly Osbourne, Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, Sophie Monk and Eddie Perfect – and a new host in Dave Hughes.

The final episode in 2016 brought 908,000 metro viewers to Nine, while the season sat between 600,000 and 800,000 viewers.

Feildel, who attended circus school before finding fame as a chef and TV personality, said the show provided entertainment for the whole family.

“I’m super excited,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of good old entertainment. It’s the kind of family show I’d like to watch myself. It’s simply entertaining for all ages. It just puts a smile on your face. Expect fun. Fun and a lot of laughs.”

Scherzinger, an ex-member of girl group The Pussycat Dolls, said she was excited to be a part of the franchise.

“It’s really wonderful to see every day people come on a stage and show their talent,” said Scherzinger.

“These contestants can be your next-door neighbour or your grade school teacher – it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. The show reminds everyone they too can follow their dreams and honour their gifts – even if they’ve kept them hidden.

“I love watching undiscovered talent come into their own. It takes a lot of courage to get up on a stage with millions watching, and I want to be that voice of encouragement to help these contestants ultimately become the best versions of themselves.”

The winner of the 2019 season of Australia’s Got Talent will take home $100,000 in prize money.

The Got Talent franchise was created by Simon Cowell and currently has 72 local versions around the world, including across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Neither a premiere date or a host has been announced by Seven.


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