New talent show may make you

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Talent comes in many forms but without a platform to expose it, it remains just that.

SABC 2's securing the rights to one of the world's hottest TV talent search contest, called SA's Got Talent, gives individuals a fighting chance to realise their dreams.

Set to begin on August 13, the show calls for "any age, any act" from singers, dancers and comedians to variety acts, animal trainers and acrobats to try their luck. Who knows, one exposure might just turn their life around.

Talent acts will compete for the top prize of R250000 and the opportunity to perform at the new President's Command Performance later this year.

Applicants can either register to attend an audition by calling 083-913-1120 and following the voice prompts, or register by sending an e-mail to

Registering secures a place at the auditions, which are taking place nationally. Contestants who have registered will be contacted with a confirmation of the date, time and venue for their audition.

The show follows on the successful British and American versions of the Got Talent TV reality format, created and produced by showbiz mogul and American Idol judge Simon Cowell.

Proof of the show's approach to performing talent is the 47-year-old unemployed Scottish woman, Susan Boyle. Her performance on Britain's Got Talent has garnered headlines the world over. Cowell is now contemplating producing an album for Boyle. Previous winners include cellphone salesman Paul Potts (whose voice landed him a major recording deal with Cowell), a ventriloquist and 14-year-old breakdancer George Samson.

"The real appeal of SA'sGot Talent is that there are no restrictions on who can enter and what your talent has to be. Anything goes," says Nivasha Naidoo, SABC 2's marketing manager.