Asia's Got Talent (AGT) is the regional version of the Got Talent franchise that is airing on AXN Asia. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for a prize of USD100,000 and an opportunity to perform at the Marina Bay Sands. It started airing on March 12, 2015 across 15 countries in Asia, culminating to a grand final airing nine weeks later on May 14, 2015.
The show is hosted by Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez; while the judges are Anggun, David Foster, Melanie C, and Vanness Wu. Melanie C is the third member of the Spice Girls to become a Got Talent judge (after Mel B and Geri Halliwell), while Anggun is judging on a second Got Talent franchise after sitting in the panel in the second season of Indonesia's Got Talent. This show is also co-hosted by Singaporean Youtuber and Power98FM DJ's Dee Kosh for sneak previews, highlights, recaps, and behind the scenes.
As not all of the contestants speak fluent English, they would usually speak in their local languages and an off-screen translator will help them to translate what the judges are saying to them and vice versa (with translation subtitles flashed on the screen). However, if the judges can speak their local language (specifically Van Ness who speaks Mandarin and Anggun who speaks Indonesian), a translator is not necessary. Therefore, this is the first Got Talent franchise to use multiple languages.
Filipino shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra was declared the winner of the show's first season. News of their win leaked early through social media even before the broadcast of the results, causing dismay among netizens due to the spoiler nature of the leak.
In third week of May 2015, according to a report of Editorial Insider, Asia's Got Talent announced pre-registration for Season 2 on its official Facebook page. The launch of the second season was finally announced in the second week of January 2017 after the success of the fifth season of The Amazing Race Asia.
After being acquired by AXN Asia, Asia's Got Talent became the sixty-third version of the Got Talent franchise. On 15 January 2015, the judges were officially revealed: Anggun, David Foster, Melanie C, and Vanness Wu. On 24 January 2015, Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez were announced as the hosts of the show.
The show will feature acts from the following 15 countries:
With individual Got Talent
Cambodia (Cambodia's Got Talent)
China (China's Got Talent)
India (India's Got Talent)
Indonesia (Indonesia's Got Talent)
Myanmar (Myanmar's Got Talent)
Philippines (Pilipinas Got Talent)
South Korea (Korea's Got Talent)
Thailand (Thailand's Got Talent)
Vietnam (Vietnam's Got Talent)
Mongolia (Mongolia's Got Talent)
With no existing Got Talent
Aside from being broadcast via AXN Asia, FremantleAsia has also secured deal via various free-to-air channels in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and India to broadcast the franchise after its original airing.Note
The companies and brands recognized by the show's official website:Pantene - Exclusive Hair Care Partner
Marina Bay Sands - Exclusive Premier Partner
Big Cola - Exclusive Beverage Partner
Jetstar - Official Airline Partner
Caltex - Exclusive Petroleum Partner
GrabTaxi - Official On-demand Transit Partner
Malaysia:Great Eastern Life - Official Life Insurance Sponsor
Philippines:Cherifer - Official Multivitamin Sponsor
Globe - Official Wireless Services Sponsor
KFC Philippines - Official Fast Food Sponsor
Won: Best Adaptation of an Existing Format
Highly Commended: Best General Entertainment Programme
Nominated: Best Reality Show