Seven confirms judges for Australia’s Got Talent

Updated: Sonia Kruger, Olympia Valance, Shane Jacobson and Manu Feildel will judge Australia’s Got Talent: Challengers & Champions, with Kyle Sandilands as a guest judge.

Ricki-Lee Coulter is back as host.

Seven confirmed the judging panel late this afternoon with Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger and Lucy Durack not returning. Feildel will now have 3 major Seven formats on rotation this year.

Seven’s Director of Network Programming, Angus Ross, said: “This promises to be the Olympics of talent where to be the best, you’ll have to beat the best. It’s world class competition with all the surprising and sometimes weird moments Aussie families have come to love from AGT.”

Fremantle Australia Director of Unscripted, Jonathon Summerhayes, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering again with Seven to make the greatest entertainment show on the planet. The huge success of the acts on Australia’s Got Talent resonates around the world, with more than 800 million video views on social media.”

Filming will take place at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from later this month. Audience tix are available at

Earlier: Kyle Sandilands has confirmed he will appear as a guest judge on Australia’s Got Talent.

Sandilands is a former judge on AGT and Australian Idol.

Kyle broke the on his radio show with Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.

“Jackie, I did mention this sort of to you the other week. Remember? I said, ‘Oh, Sonia Kruger wanted me to come on Australia’s Got Talent because they’re doing challengers and champions.’

He added, “I forgot to tell you.

“I’m going on [Australia’s Got Talent], but not as a full-time judge, just a one-off. A guest judge.”

Meanwhile 10 is yet to renew Trial by Kyle.

Australia’s Got Talent: Challengers & Champions is tipped for Q4.

Source: Daily Mail


  1. OMG that was the worst AGT and worst judges ever last year are they going to go the whole season without the public voting again because that’s bloody despicable the judges certainly are no judges at all.

  2. I wonder if the possible non Olympics will destroy 7 this year? There is an awfully good chance they won’t happen and 7 has everything set on them. Aren’t they pushing a reset button after Olympics or has it already been pushed?

  3. Thanks but No Thanks.

    Yet another one destined for the channel Seven dumpster.

    I’m keen to see the figures for Pooch Perfect this week. I fear it might also be heading for the door in the not-to-distant future.

    Does Manu do dogs?

  4. Maev....Sydney

    Never too much Manu for me….I have been a fan since Ready Steady Cook days….hello 10?
    I am even watching MKR on Monday nights and watch 9-1-1 after…

  5. That’s three formats for Manu. But how many is that now for Sonia? This is just embarrassing. TV is in a golden age in so many countries, but not here.

  6. Glad that Ricki Lee is hosting again, as she did a great job last year. Sonia and Olympia are both welcome additions to the judging panel for me.

  7. Who is writing these “best ever” “world class” statements from AR? Just hopelessly desperate. Surprised he has not been shown the door

        • Last year was not good, but they won 2018, given you raised 2 yrs. The Front Bar is probably the most recent new hit, Full Monty albeit as specials. Little Big Shots did well in 2018. 10 would probably kill to do as well. I agree they need new hit shows and needs to take risks, but the problem is the network is now cash-strapped at 16c shares.

  8. tolliver333

    Why not at least and I didn’t mind Nicole but it is a reality show where all the judges are Australian which will make a change.

  9. clem_official

    What happened to new shows on TV – we don’t need another spin off from channel 7 – this is crazy, 3 spin off’s in one year is way too much. If the show doesn’t do well enough then axe it and create something fresh. Channel 9 don’t do many format changes to their shows and they rate well so why does 7 think that changing formats will make a program rate better??

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