Seven’s new shows to be led by younger talent

Darren McMullen, MumbrellaThe Seven Network has revealed MTV’s Darren McMullen to be the host of its soon-to-be launched game show, Minute To Win It – the second game show it has announced in a month.

The channel has recently tended to go with younger presenters and talent for new and returning programs, with Daniel MacPherson to host its other new game show Beat The Star, while the return of Australia’s Got Talent saw Kyle Sandilands and former Westlife band member Brian McFadden take over from Red Symons and Tom Burlinson.  

The relaunch of The X Factor on Seven meanwhile, will see the judging panel made up of Sandilands and singers Natalie Imbruglia, Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian and former Boyzone member Ronan Keating.

The host for the show is yet to be announced. Those thought to be in the running are Packed to the Rafters’ Hugh Sheridan and Home and Away’s Axle Whitehead.

The X Factor, created by Simon Cowell, was first aired on Network Ten in Australia in 2005, but was axed due to to poor ratings.

Ten has historically been the younger-skewed TV broadcaster among the three commercial free-to-airs. Its core demographics are 16-39s and 18-49s.

Meanwhile, Minute To Win It, the new million dollar game show will be produced by Shine Australia for Seven. It is a Swedish format and is currently airing in the US on NBC.

Celebrity game show, Beat The Star, is an in-house Seven production and is a German format which has also been picked up in the UK, Sweden, France and Croatia.

Launch dates for the two game shows and The X Factor are yet to be revealed.


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