Channel Seven’s The X-Factor Australia literally just lost 98% of its Yorkshire accent appeal and 100% of its regular appeal with news that Channel 9 has poached garrulous talent show judge Mel B, aka Melanie Brown aka Scary Spice, from the panel of one show and installed her on the talent tribunal of another indistinguishable from the others in all but its name, Australia’s Got Talent.
— Channel 9 (@Channel9) March 17, 2013
Nine poached Australia’s Got Talent from Seven in October last year after the latter let its rights to the show lapse. After six seasons of relative success, Australia’s Got Talent was widely perceived to have performed poorly alongside Nine’s new genre stalwart in The Voice, the second season of which will air after Easter.
However, it’s believed that by working together as network stablemates the two will form a lite entertainment hybrid with year-long ratings dominance; a fire-breathing chimera that spews forth readily-forgettable fodder forced to eek out a living on the club circuit or Celebrity Apprentice with the head of Delta Goodrem, the Lite ‘n Easy body of Mel B, the yellow nails of Seal and the fabulous tail of Ricky Martin.
Nine has smartly declined to use the judges previously attached to the format’s iteration on Seven, Kyle Sandilands, Brian McFadden and Dannii Minogue.
Sharon Osbourne is rumoured to follow Mel B onto the Australia’s Got Talent judging panel (both have respectively been and are presently judges on America’s Got Talent) although that’s yet to be confirmed.
So is Sophie Monk.
That’ll be the day.