From a snake-enticing dancer and talented dance crews to golden oldies and jaw-dropping child wonders, West Australians pulled out all stops at the Australia's Got Talent auditions at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday as producers cast their eye on the next batch of contestants for the newly revamped Nine show.
Series producer Paul Riggio - who has previously worked on Ten's now defunct singing series Australian Idol - told AAA yesterday that he was impressed by the diverse turnout of Perth talent.
"The turnout has been pretty incredible," he said. "We've had everything from dance crews, circus acts, some cultural groups, there have been some really talented kids and on the flipside we've had a couple of great oldies.
"We open the doors to anyone doing anything, so if you've got a dog that jumps through hoops or a snake that you dance with, we want to see it and we love putting that on stage. We're really excited with the colourful acts that Perth always turns out."
On being involved with the series this year despite the former Seven show producing lacklustre ratings for its finale last year, Riggio wasn't too concerned.
"We're really excited about the move to Channel Nine, Australia's Got Talent is a really important program for Fremantle Media and the move has opened up the chance to show it to a new audience," he said.
"I think Australia's Got Talent always has its loyal viewers. There has been a lot of interest across the board that people are still in love with the show as much as we are."It'll be an exciting year with a new line-up of judges and a new host."
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