We’re well and truly at the pointy end of Australia’s Got Talent, with the semi-finals set to continue this weekend.
A total of ten incredible, and at times bizarre, acts will battle it out across two massive nights for a coveted place in the Grand Final of the show that celebrates the unique and brilliant from all walks of life.
Competing in the next two semi-finals are:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
THE ELLIOTT SISTERS
This wartime-era swing group is made up of three sisters who take inspiration from their grandad who was a musician in the 1940s. They love the ability to connect with today’s generation through an older style of music. As kids, they would go on family camping trips and always sang together. Brianna is a full-time social worker, Lauren a banker, and Lexi is an early childhood educator. During the auditions they won over Dicko, who even managed to steal a good old-fashioned dance with the sisters’ nan in the audience.
Five-year-old Carter is an everyday kid with an amazing talent well beyond his years to pick up hip hop dance and choreography. Carter has a little sister, Chloe, who he adores and who is the boss. His first ever performance was at the age of two and his dream is to one day join a Queensland dance group, but he has to wait until he turns eight. This kid from the ’hood will step it up for the semi-finals.
GENTLEMEN OF DECEIT
Alex, Vyom and Luke met at a secret magic society. When they saw each other performing they decided to create an act as a trio – something they hadn’t seen before – for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2011. Their audition performance even won over magic sceptic Eddie, but will their semi-final performance be too much for Kelly?
BOSKO & HONEY
These progressive ukulele players were young backpackers who fell in love, got married in 2004 and moved to the remote tourist town of Kuranda near Cairns. Their name, Bosko & Honey, makes reference to 1920s cartoon characters. Their act draws heavily on Honey’s love of heavy metal music. The judges were not expecting such a strong voice out of Honey during their audition performance, and their semi-final song is set to be just as avant garde.
Sukhjit, 21, made global headlines after her powerful audition covering racism and life as a proud Sikh went viral. Fighting for race and gender equality through her spoken-word act, she aims to be thought-provoking and controversial in an effort to evoke change. Loud and proud, she often has heated debates with people on the bus. She is confrontational and believes that if people are not shocked they’re never going to change. Her semi-final performance is set to generate just as much debate and opinion.
Matt McLaren has been blind since the age of two. Accompanied on stage by his guide dog Stamford, he inspired the judges and audience at his audition, leaving Sophie in tears. At his home in the Hunter region of NSW he has a studio where he rehearses, writes and produces music. He will take on a super-tough ballad in the semi-finals.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29
THE HENRY TWINS
These adorable five-year-old twins were born one minute apart, but now they keep in perfect time when they dance together. The girls were eight weeks premature, weighed just 1.7kg each (the size of their dad’s hand), and had to spend six weeks in hospital after birth. Their audition performance made the judges smile and now they’re hoping to ascend to the next level.
Jessie claims to be Australia’s youngest working illusionist. Every day after school he would watch magic shows on TV. At high school, he happened upon the Ashton Family Circus, who’ve been performing for 180 years, saw the show and asked the manager if he could do work experience with them. He ended up working with Ashtons for three years, performing after school. He now performs fulltime with the circus. His semi-final performance will bring back the magic of the circus in a theatrical death-defying stunt.
SUSIE JAY & JOE ACE
Susie and Joe have been married for 19 years after meeting in a karaoke bar where Susie was the host. They are both impersonators – Joe does Tom Jones and Elvis, Susie mainly Tina Turner – and they love performing together. They spend most of their time living in a caravan with their dog, travelling around chasing gigs. For the semi-finals, they will recreate one of the truly great classic movie songs – will they be the one that the judges love?
Hailing from Townsville, King Social’s music is where country meets rap. Singer Angus pulled the band together and they made their first recording in 2012. Playing only originals, their dream is to make King Social their full-time gig and perform as a band for a living. They’re hoping the judges will send them rocking into the Grand Final.
Ventriloquist Showko was a radio announcer in her native Singapore and prior to that a police officer who taught traffic safety to cadets by using puppets and ventriloquism. Her nine-year-old son is the inspiration for a number of her puppets. She makes them all herself and has at least 30. Showko’s ventriloquism brought a smile to the judges in the audition stage and her act will introduce viewers to her oldest, most trusted puppet.
ERIK THE DOG
Robot dog comedian
Erik is a robotic doggy comedian – a masseur and relationship counsellor during the day and loveable rouge on stage by night. During the audition he confessed his love for Kelly, forgot Sophie’s name and even caused Dicko to blush. But in the end he won over Dave Hughes, who used his Golden Buzzer to automatically put Erik through to the semi-finals. Erik will also take it to the next level in the semis, leaving viewers to either fall in love with this cheeky robot canine or just view him as barking mad.
AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT SEMI-FINALS air 8.00PM SUNDAY & 7.30PM MONDAY ON Nine