Australia's Got Talent (series 5)

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Australia's Got Talent
Season 5
Broadcast from3 May 2011 – 2 August 2011
JudgesDannii Minogue
Brian McFadden
Kyle Sandilands
Host(s)Grant Denyer
BroadcasterSeven Network
Winner:
Jack Vidgen
Runner-up
Cosentino
Chronology
2011
 
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Australia's Got Talent
Season 5
Broadcast from3 May 2011 – 2 August 2011
JudgesDannii Minogue
Brian McFadden
Kyle Sandilands
Host(s)Grant Denyer
BroadcasterSeven Network
Winner:
Jack Vidgen
Runner-up
Cosentino
Chronology
2011

Australia's Got Talent is an Australian reality television show, based on the original UK series, claiming to find new talent. The fifth series premiered on the Seven Network on 3 May 2011 and ended on 2 August 2011, where singer Jack Vidgen was crowned the winner of Australia's Got Talent, while illusionist Cosentino became runner-up.[1][2] Judges Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands, and Brian McFadden returned for the series, as well as host Grant Denyer.[1]

The producer auditions took place in 16 cities across Australia, and ran from October to December 2010.[3] The successful acts from these auditions were then invited back for a second audition in front of the judges and a live audience. These auditions were held in February and March 2011 in four major cities, including one day in Gold Coast and Perth, two days in Sydney, and three days in Melbourne.[4] From over 200 successful auditionees, only 48 acts were selected for the semi-finals.[5] The six semi-final shows began on 31 May 2011 and ended on 5 July. Introduced, was a new format to the show where three acts from each semi-final would advance through to the next round.[6] In previous years only two acts have made it through each semi-final.[6]

One of the most notable performances was by Jack Vidgen, a 14 year-old singer who sang a rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" for his audition. His performance earned a standing ovation from both the judges and the audiences,[7] and has received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.[8] Vidgen has since been dubbed Australia's answer to Justin Bieber, and has also attracted international and local interest.[8] The show had also sparked controversy, with accusations of contestant Jordan Paris plagiarising other comedians' jokes in his audition, and reports of contestant Chooka Parker's incident backstage following his elimination from the show.[citation needed]

Auditions[edit]

The producer auditions took place in 16 cities, throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.[3] These auditions began on 17 October 2010 and ended on 12 December 2010.[3] The successful acts from the auditions were then invited to a second audition in front of the judges and a live audience. These auditions began in Gold Coast on 19 February 2011, followed by three days in Melbourne from 25 February 2011.[4] They also took place in Sydney on 12–13 March 2011, and ended in Perth on 20 March 2011.[4]

Semi-finalists[edit]

From over 200 successful auditionees, only 48 acts were selected for the semi-finals.[5]

Key     Winner     Runner up     Finalist     Semi-Finalist (lost judges' vote)
Name / name of actGenreActFromSemiPosition reached
Adam HynesMusicSinger-songwriter & guitarist5Finalist
Afrikan WarriorsPerformingAcrobatics group5Semi-finalist
Bree De RomeMusic17 year-old singer-songwriter/guitaristGold Coast1Finalist
Belle AirPerformingAerial Dance duoSydney4Semi-finalist
BenchmarkMusicSinging groupGold Coast2Finalist
Ben PriceComedyComedianMelbourne3Finalist
Bo SargentPerformingContortionist5Semi-finalist
Clara HelmsSingingOpera singerPerth5Semi-finalist
Chooka ParkerMusic17 year-old pianistRed Lion, Victoria2Finalist
CapreeMusicSingers and dancersSydney3Semi-finalist
CosentinoPerformingEscape artist and illusionistLysterfield South, Victoria2Runner-Up
Deep BlueMusicContemporary orchestraGold Coast1Semi-finalist
Dan ConwayMusicSinger-songwriter & guitarist3Finalist
Dangerboy & IvyPerformingExtremists2Semi-finalist
Dash & D'BreeComedyComedian singersMelbourne1Semi-finalist
David De VittoSingingOpera singer3Finalist
Fiona MariahSingingOpera singerPerth1Semi-finalist
Hazel PhillipsPerformingEntertainerGold Coast2Semi-finalist
Instant BunDancingDance troupe4Finalist
Jack VidgenSinging14 year-old singerManly Vale, New South Wales1Winner
Jesse EmmanuelMusicSinger-songwriter & guitarist6Semi-finalist
Jordan ParisComedyComedianGold Coast5Semi-finalist
KLD X–treme Air ForceDancingCheerleading group (aged 9–18)Melbourne2Semi-finalist
Ky BaldminDancingTap dancerSemi-finalist
Liam BurrowsSinging17 year-old jazz/swing singerSydney4Finalist
Mac-CussionMusicInstrumental groupBrisbane4Semi-finalist
MajesticPerformingAdagio6Finalist
Meriden RhythmixPerformingRhythmic gymnastics group (aged 13–24)3Semi-finalist
Misfits Stunt CrewPerformingStunt CrewAdelaide3Semi-finalist
Matty ShieldsGymnasticsPole dancerSydney1Semi-finalist
Matty "The Bandit" WhiteMusicRapperCoonabarabran, New South Wales5Finalist
Pete the Kabar RockstarSingingSingerBoonah, Queensland4Semi-finalist
Rock 'n' Roll RopersDancingSkipping rope dancers1Semi-finalist
Rod CollinsMusicHarmonica playerCairns4Semi-finalist
Rod "The Old Fella" GregoryComedyComedian4Finalist
ReplicatorsMusicRock band4Semi-finalist
SKBDancingDance troupe6Semi-finalist
Steve RomigMusicSinger-songwriter & guitarist2Semi-finalist
Stuart BigginsSingingSingerAlbury, New South Wales6Finalist
Sisters and MistersMusicChoir (aged 15–75)5Semi-finalist
Taiko DrumMusicDrumming groupTasmania6Semi-finalist
Team RocketDancingDance duoCairns1Finalist
The Flying LotahsPerforming6Semi-finalist
TimomaticSingingSinger/dancer6Finalist
Tom WardMusicGuitaristTasmania3Semi-finalist
Thomas CraneSingingSingerPerth3Semi-finalist
UprisingMusicRock bandMansfield, Victoria2Semi-finalist
Wayne RogersPerformingDrag queen singerSydney5Finalist

Semi-final summary[edit]

The "Order" columns lists the order of appearance each act made for every episode.

KeyX Buzzed out Judges' choice  Won the public vote  Won the judges' vote

Semi-final 1[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1Fiona MariahOpera singerLost judges vote
2Rock 'n' Roll RopersSkipping rope dancersLost public vote
3Bree De Rome17 year old Singer-songwriter/guitaristWon public vote
4Matty ShieldsPole dancerLost public vote
5Dash & D'BreeComedian singersLost public vote
6Team RocketDance duoWon judges vote
7Deep BlueContemporary orchestraLost public vote
8Jack Vidgen14 year-old singerWon public vote

Semi-final 2[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1KLD X–treme Air ForceCheerleading groupLost public vote
2Hazel PhillipsEntertainerLost public vote
3Dangerboy & IvyDanger ActCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngLost public vote
4Steve RomigSinger-songwriter & guitaristCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngLost public vote
5UprisingRock bandCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngLost judges vote
6BenchmarkSinging groupWon judges vote
7CosentinoEscape artist and illusionistWon public vote
8Chooka Parker17 year-old pianistWon public vote

Semi-final 3[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1Thomas CraneSingerLost public vote
2Ben PriceComedianWon judges vote
3Meriden RhythmixRhythmic gymnastics groupLost public vote
4David De VittoOpera singerWon public vote
5Tom WardGuitaristCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngLost public vote
6CapreeSingers and dancersLost judges vote
7Misfits Stunt CrewStunt crewLost public vote
8Dan ConwaySinger-songwriter & guitaristWon public vote

Semi-final 4[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1ReplicatorsRock bandLost public vote
2Mac-CussionInstrumental groupLost public vote
3Rod CollinsHarmonica playerCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngLost public vote
4Instant BunDance TroupeWon judges vote
5Pete the Kabar RockstarSingerLost public vote
6Rod "The Old Fella" GregoryComedianWon public vote
7Belle AirAerial dance duoLost judges vote
8Liam BurrowsJazz/swing singerWon public vote

Semi-final 5[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1Sisters and MistersChoirLost public vote
2Afrikan WarriorsAcrobatics groupLost public vote
3Clara HelmsOpera singerLost public vote
4Bo SargentContortionistLost judges vote
5Adam HynesSinger-songwriter & guitaristWon public vote
6Matty "The Bandit" WhiteRapperWon judges vote
7Jordan ParisComedianCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngCrystal Clear action button cancel.pngLost public vote
8Wayne RogersDrag queen singerWon public vote

Semi-final 6[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1Ky BaldwinTap dancerLost judges vote
2Stuart BigginsSingerWon public vote
3The Flying LotahsDanger act222Lost public vote
4Jesse EmmanuelSinger-songwriter & guitaristLost public vote
5Taiko DrumDrumming groupLost public vote
6SKBDance troupeLost public vote
7MajesticAdagio1Won judges vote
8TimomaticSinger/dancerWon public vote

Notes

Finals summary[edit]

The "Order" columns lists the order of appearance each act made for every episode.

KeyX Buzzed out Judges' choice  Won the public vote  Won the judges' vote

Final showdown 1[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1Chooka Parker17 year-old pianistLost judges vote
2Bree De Rome17 year old Singer-songwriter/guitaristLost public vote
3Ben PriceComedianWon public vote
4David De VitoOpera singerWon public vote
5Instant BunDance troupeWon judges vote
6Dan ConwaySinger-songwriter & guitaristLost public vote
7MajesticAdagioLost public vote
8Jack Vidgen14 year-old singerWon public vote
9CosentinoEscape artist and illusionistWon public vote

Notes

Judges' votes (revealed in order)

As their votes were a tie, the result went to the public vote. It was then revealed that the act who received the most amount of votes was Ben Price.

Final showdown 2[edit]

OrderContestantActBuzzes and judges' choicesFinished
SandilandsMinogueMcFadden
1Stuart BigginsSingerLost public vote
2Team RocketDance duoLost judges vote
3Liam BurrowsJazz/swing singerWon public vote
4BenchmarkSinging groupWon judges vote
5Adam HynesSinger-songwriter & guitaristLost public vote
6Matty "The Bandit" WhiteRapperWon judges vote
7Wayne RogersDrag queen singerLost public vote
8Rod "The Old Fella" GregoryComedianWon public vote
9TimomaticSinger/dancerWon public vote

Judges' first vote (revealed in order)

As McFadden and Sandilands both voted for Matty "The Bandit" White, he won the first judges vote.

Judges' second vote (revealed in order)

As Sandilands and Minogue both voted for Benchmark, they won the second judges vote. It is unsure who McFadden would have voted for.

Grand Final[edit]

Key  Winner  Runner-up  Third Place
OrderContestantActFinished
1Liam BurrowsJazz/swing singer5th place
2Instant BunDance troupe10th place
3Ben PriceComedian8th place
4David De VittoOpera singer9th place
5Matty "The Bandit" WhiteRapper6th place
6Rod "The Old Fella" GregoryComedian4th place
7TimomaticSinger/dancerThird Place
8BenchmarkSinging group7th place
9Jack Vidgen14 year-old singerWinner
10CosentinoEscape artist and illusionistRunner-Up

Notes

Reception[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Comedian Jordan Paris, who made it through to the semi-finals, was accused of plagiarising his jokes in his audition, of which he performed a routine about English singer Robbie Williams.[10] On 26 May 2011, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that the same routine was performed by English comedian Lee Mack in 2007 on the British stand-up comedy show Live at the Apollo.[11] Paris said he was aware of Mack's work but did not rip off his routine, stating "comedy's a funny thing. Obviously there are a lot of people doing a lot of things, but a joke's a joke. If it's making people laugh then I'm happy."[10] That same day, Brisbane Times also reported that the other half of Paris' routine – about his three requirements for dating a woman – had been lifted from a routine by US comedian Geoff Keith.[10]

After losing the judges' votes in the first final showdown, host Grant Denyer tweeted that Chooka Parker[12] reportedly took the news of his elimination very badly.[13] Parker was reportedly banging windows and doors after losing the grand final spot to dance troupe Instant Bun.[13] He was then warned by studio security before driving off with his parents before the show ended.[14] A spokeswoman for the Seven Network told The Daily Telegraph, "Chooka's family have acquired a TV since he became part of the show and he has understood how the show and fame works since he started... He was upset when Brian said his routine had not developed enough and later went upstairs to the edit suite and blamed them for ruining his performance and he became a bit physical, slamming his hand into a window."[14]

Many of the above cited newspaper stories were grossly exaggerated with Chooka admitting later that although he had been upset it did not happen as the tabloids had argued. Instead Chooka was upset because “The producers took out a crucial part of my song. They pretty much destroyed my piece. I went backstage to ask them why they did it but they wouldn’t listen to me. I just hit the window, I definitely didn’t wrap my hand in a jumper and smash it. I’m not two-faced, what I said on stage I meant. All I want from my music is to make people happy,” Chooka said. “You’ve got to hear my music from start to end. By changing it they made it sound as if I had made a mistake. Not winning the show wasn’t too disappointing, winning was never a dream. I just wish they hadn’t cut my song.” explains Chooka.[15]

Contestants[edit]

14 year-old singer Jack Vidgen appeared on the first episode on 3 May 2011, and performed a rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" for his audition.[7] The performance earned a standing ovation from both the judges and the audiences.[7] Judge Kyle Sandilands said, "You're either gonna be amazing or dreadful – both I will enjoy", while judge Brian McFadden was so moved from the performance he ran up on stage to kiss Vidgen's cheek once it was over.[7] The performance has received more than 3.5 million views on YouTube.[8] Vidgen has since been dubbed Australia's answer to Justin Bieber and has also been inundated with international and local interest.[8][16][17] He has also attracted the attention of celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who has posted several blogs of Vidgen's performances on his website.[18] In late July 2011, it was reported that Vidgen had signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia.[19] [20] Whilst the very popular Chooka Parker did not sign any contract with any record label he has gone on to become a very successful pianist, performing around Australia and has been overseas. Chooka Parker still retains his loveable character and popularity, winning a major music award in the People's Choice category, which enabled him to perform at the Sydney Opera House. He has released two recordings to date, a CD titled "No Worries!" in October 2011, and an EP titled, "My Jewel" in 2012[21]

Ratings[edit]

The first episode on 3 May 2011, achieved an audience of 1,563,000 and placed second overall for the night, being beaten by Masterchef Australia.[22] The second episode saw a slight drop in ratings with 1,457,000 viewers, and placed second once again.[22] The next five episodes each topped the nights overall ratings.[23][24][25] The seventh episode reached an audience of 1,815,000, which made Australia's Got Talent the third highest rating program of 2011.[26] The first live semi-final show on 31 May 2011, gained 1,949,000 viewers and topped the nights overall ratings.[27] The ratings boost was credited to 14 year-old singer Jack Vidgen who performed a cover of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the Dreamgirls soundtrack.[28] The grand final show on 26 July 2011, achieved an audience of 2,192,000, becoming the season's highest ratings to date.[29] The grand final decider show on 2 August 2011, gained 2,855,000 viewers and topped the nights overall ratings.[30] The ratings were the highest achieved in 2011 so far by a television show broadcast in Australia.[9]

#TitleAirdateTimeslotRatings[nb 1]
1"Audition 1"3 May 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,563,000 (2nd)[22]
2"Audition 2"4 May 2011Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm1,457,000 (2nd)[22]
3"Audition 3"10 May 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,752,000 (1st)[23]
4"Audition 4"11 May 2011Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm1,514,000 (1st)[23]
5"Audition 5"17 May 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,783,000 (1st)[24]
6"Audition 6"18 May 2011Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm1,519,000 (1st)[24]
7"Audition 7"24 May 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,815,000 (1st)[25]
8"Audition 8"25 May 2011Wednesday 7:30 pm–8:30 pm1,286,000 (4th)[25]
9"Semi-Final 1"31 May 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,949,000 (1st)[27]
10"Semi-Final 2"7 June 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,927,000 (1st)[31]
11"Semi-Final 3"14 June 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,847,000 (1st)[32]
12"Semi-Final 4"21 June 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,756,000 (1st)[33]
13"Semi-Final 5"28 June 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,638,000 (2nd)[34]
14"Semi-Final 6"5 July 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,373,000 (4th)[35]
15"Final Showdown 1"12 July 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,807,000 (1st)[36]
16"Final Showdown 2"19 July 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:00 pm1,859,000 (1st)[37]
17"Grand Final Show"26 July 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:30 pm2,192,000 (1st)[29]
18"Grand Final Decider Show"2 August 2011Tuesday 7:30 pm–9:30 pm2,855,000 (1st)[30]

Notes

  1. ^ Overall national viewers, numbers in brackets indicate nightly ratings position.

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