Neil Patrick Harris to judge Australia’s Got Talent
Also on the Seven judging panel are Kate Ritchie, Alesha Dixon & Shane Jacobson.
Seven has secured Neil Patrick Harris as a judge for Australia’s Got Talent.
He will be joined by Seven favourite Kate Ritchie, Alesha Dixon (Britain’s Got Talent) and the sole returning judge, Shane Jacobson.
Ricki-Lee Coulter is back as host for the talent quest produced by Fremantle.
The versatile Harris, who shot to fame as the star of Doogie Howser M.D., has become a bonafide stage and screen star in How I Met Your Mother, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and musicals including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cabaret, Company and Rent. He has also hosted the Emmys, Tonysand Academy Awards.
“To say I’m a fan of the AGT franchise is an understatement – I’ve been watching since the very first season,” Harris said.
“I’m a performer who has taken many stages throughout the, well, many stages of my career – be it acting, singing, dancing, hosting, juggling, magic-ing, even breathing fire – and I have developed enormous respect for anyone with the courage to pursue their talents and passions at any level, let alone televised on a national stage.
“Australia has phenomenal talent across so many disciplines, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join AGT in 2021 to see firsthand what the country’s awesome contestants have to offer.”
Seven’s Director of Network Programming, Angus Ross, said: “This is AGT on a scale like never before – to be the best, you have to beat the best. Alongside the judging panel’s world-class talent, AGT promises to deliver world-class acts, with all the spectacular, surprising and must-see moments Australian families absolutely love.”
Fremantle Australia Director of Unscripted, Jonathon Summerhayes, said: “We’re delighted to welcome this megastar judging panel to AGT.
“This show is a juggernaut that uncovers acts who resonate around the world and we can’t wait to shine a spotlight on some incredible Australian and international talent.”
Filming begins on June 30 in Sydney which would suggest Harris and Dixon are likely to be already in the country, due to 2 weeks quarantine requirements.