In a bizarre turn of events, a re-vamped version of Australia's Got Talent will screen on Nine next year.
Hours after Seven announced it had axed the talent search after six series because of its stale format, declining ratings and rising costs (about $20 million per season), Nine jumped on the rights and announced it will screen a "new-look Australia's Got Talent".
Nine said it would have "a fresh and fun approach to the production".
While Seven's show lost one-third of its viewers this year with fewer than one million tuning into the finale, Nine was confident it could spruce up Australia's Got Talent's rundown format, especially after the mainly successful rebooting of Big Brother this year.
Nine announced yesterday the new version of Australia's Got Talent would feature new hosts and judges, implying the network had ruled out bringing over Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands or Brian McFadden.
It is believed Nine will hunt down big-name celebrity judges as they did with The Voice, which turned into a massive ratings success.
Minogue appeared to be the one name who might stay with the program and she could sign with Nine as it is believed she is no longer tied to Seven.
Australia's Got Talent will air on Nine in the second half of 2013 and could go head-to-head with Seven's number one rating show, The X Factor.
For six seasons, Australia's Got Talent was a huge rating's winner for Seven until this year when it ran headfirst into The Voice.
In 2011, when Jack Vidgen was crowned the winner, it averaged 1.832 million viewers per episode compared to just 1.144 million this year.Nine announced yesterday the new version of Australia's Got Talent would feature new hosts and judges.
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