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SA's Got Talent is a South African television show on and part of the Got Talent series. Presented by Tats, singers, dancers, comedians, variety acts, and other performers compete against each other for audience support. The winner of each series receives R500,000. The first series of the talent show began on 1 October 2009, and was broadcast weekly with a live semi-finals and final on 12 November 2009.


The auditions take place in front of the judges and a live audience at a different city across South Africa. At any time during the audition the judges may show disapproval to the act by pressing a buzzer which lights that lights a red X near them. If all the judges press their buzzers, the act ends immediately. To advance to the second round, auditionees needed to get at least two yes votes or they would be sent home.

After the auditions the judges have to whittle almost 200 successful acts down to just 18 . All of the performers are called back to discover if they have progressed to the semi-finals.

The Judges

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The remaining acts perform across a number of live semi-finals, with the two most popular acts from each semi-finals winning a position in the final. Unlike the American version, judges may still end a performance early with three Xs in the finals, as with the American version, the judges cannot buzz an act after the semi-finals. The judges are again asked to express their views on each act's performance.

After all acts have performed, phone lines open for a short time. After the votes have been counted, the act that has polled the highest number of public votes is automatically placed in the final. The judges then choose between the second and third most popular acts, with the winner of that vote also gaining a place in the final. All other acts are then eliminated from the competition.

From Season 6, the golden buzzer was added, which if pressed would send the contestant straight to the semi-finals. The first contestant to get the gold buzzer was Henno William when he sang the song 'Let it be' in the 3rd episode of season 6.

Series overview

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Season Premiere Finale Winner Judges Hosts Prize amount
Judge 1 Judge 2 Judge 3
1 October 1, 2009 November 12, 2009 Darren Rajbal Shado Twala
Randall Abrahams Ian Von Memerty Rob van Vuuren
Anele Mdoda
R250, 000.00
2 September 16, 2010 October 28, 2010 James Bhemgee
3 August 30, 2012 October 18, 2012 Botlhale Boikanyo Kabelo Mabalane Tats Nkonzo
4 August 29, 2013 October 17, 2013 Johnny Apple
5 September 7, 2014 November 9, 2014 Tholwana Mohale DJ Fresh Lalla Hirayama
6 September 9, 2015 November 8, 2015 DJ Arch JNR R500, 000.00

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