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Austria's Got Talent
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New logo used since the fifth edition.
Genre National selection
Created by ESCIsrael
Presented by Various presenters
Starring Various participants
Country of origin Flag of Austria Austria
Language(s) English and German
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 15
Production
Location(s) Various cities
Running time Four minutes (Shows)
Six minutes (Final results)
Production company(s) Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Broadcast
Original channel ORF Eins
Picture format 1080p (HDTV)
Original airing 6 Jun – 21 Aug 2015
13 Dec – 11 Mar 2016
18 Dec – present
Chronology
Preceded by Song For (for delegation)
Related Österreicher Präsentation
International Music Festival

Austria's Got Talent (often shortened to AGT) is an Austrian television music competition which started airing in 6 June 2015. The show is broadcast on ORF Eins, and allows any artists from Austria aged sixteen and up to participate. To date, five editions have took place, with the sixth expected to start on August 2016.

The show is often known as the national selection format for the International Music Festival. It was used from the 27th edition of the contest till the 29th edition. ORF decided to not use it for the following edition due to receiving an 'appealing' request to represent Austria in the contest; the same reason which was used for the 31st edition. Austria's Got Talent returned as the selection from IMF 32 to 33, however Österreicher Präsentation was used again in the 34th edition as the broadcaster wanted a break from the show for 'at least one edition'. Since the 2nd edition, ORF has called for any cities interested in bidding and professional juries choose the eventual host. Innsbruck won the right to host the 1st edition with the Olympiaworld arena. In the fourth edition, the host venue was selected internally; the same process which was used for Austria's last 2 selections.

At first, ORF renewed the show till it's third edition. However, on 6 August 2015, the broadcaster renewed it for another edition, but this was postponed to the 31st edition, which was again postponed to December 2015. On 10 January 2016, ORF renewed the competition for it's fifth edition, which was held in February-March. The show is yet to be renewed for it's sixth edition, however rumors have spread that the contest will return for IMF 35. These rumors were later denied by ORF, confirming that another edition of Österreicher Präsentation would be held. However, the broadcaster gave 'lots of hope' into getting the show renewed for another season for next edition; adding that if so, some format changes would be introduced. On 17 June 2016, the show was officially renewed for its six season, with production details confirming that the show will return earliest in August.

Expansion of the competition Edit

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The former logo used from the first to fourth edition.

For the first two editions, the format was the same. This format was where: Austrian singers from any age could submit their song to ORF to enter Austria's Got Talent. The qualifiers would take part in one of two semi-finals, where several juries across Europe alongside Austria would vote for their favorite songs. Four songs from each semi-final would qualify to the Grand Final. In the final, eight songs competed for victory, which was decided by international jury from the International Music Festival.

In the third edition, ORF decided to open a poll to determine whether viewers would want semi-finals, or to have the show as a one-off. The majority of the votes went to a one-off, and as a result, the show has been a one-time event from then on. In the fourth edition, in order to make sure the competition would not have a big age gap, the age requirement was set to 16.

For the fifth edition, ORF wanted to spice up the contest as a milestone. Ten acts fighted for victory instead of the usual eight. Additionally, the first act with no relations to Austria at all competed as a foreign act, after majority voted for a foreign act to take part.

Hiatus Edit

Following Austria's non-qualification in International Music Festival 34 and bad results in the contest since Austria's Got Talent III, ORF decided it was time for the talent show to take a hiatus. Austria's head of delegation stated, "We've used Austria's Got Talent as our selection since the 27th edition, with an exception in the 30th and 31st edition. We thought we could improve our results, but they ultimately did not. As a result, we think it's best for us to hiatus the show for 2-3 editions. This means the show will probably return in August or September."

On 28 July 2016, it was announced that Österreicher Präsentation would be cancelling; thus causing speculation that Austria's Got Talent would officially return. However, ORF later announced that "[we] are looking into many possibilities, one of them which include AGT." On 31 July 2016, ORF announced they'd wait for the semi-final results of IMF 35 to confirm; but also stated that possible formats included Austria's Got Talent and an internal selection. However, in the end, ORF decided to remake Österreicher Präsentation as "Austria Presents" and did not further comment on AGT.

On 16 September 2016, ORF stated in a tweet that if Austria wouldn't qualify from the quarter-finals, they would "obviously" bring back the talent show. However, many have stated "this is not credible" due to previous hints to revive Austria's Got Talent. Further commenting, ORF also stated that a non-qualification would be "the last straw" with internal selections, adding that this is "not like the other times" due to the 3 non-qualifications.ll

Hosts Edit

Edition City Presenter(s)
I Vienna Monice
II Innsbruck Conchita Wurst & Robert Stadtlober
III Salzburg Conchita Wurst
IV Wiener Neustadt Cathy Zimmermann
V Graz Zoë & Vincent Bueno
VI Linz Conchita Wurst
VII Wels Larissa Marolt
VIII TBA TBA

Artists Edit

Times Singer Editions
3 Daria Kinzer I, II, III
Ramona Rotstich III, IV, VI
2 Anna F. I, II
We Walk Walls II, IV
SEM III, V
Virginia Ernst III, V
BFF II, V
filous IV, V
ZOË I, VI
Sara Koell IV, VI
Beatrice Egli IV, VI

Winners Edit

IMF AGT Artist Song Pts Mar Runner-up Result
27 I The Esc Vienna All Stars "Building Bridges" 40 2 Christina Stürmer 14th
28 II The Young Professionals1 "All Of It But Me" 44 16 BFF 3rd
29 III Virginia Ernst "Soldier" 57 4 SEM 23rd
32 IV Sunrise16 ft. Sara Koell "Imaginarium" 92 12 Agnes Milewski 22nd
33 V SEM "Demon" 116 8 Roamer 33rd
37 VI ZOË "La nuit des merveilles" 139 28 AVEC 53rd
39 VII Heart FX ft. Joe Jury "King Without a Throne" 147 33 J-MOX TBA
40 VIII TBA
^1 Featuring vocals from Austrian singer Anna F.

List of episodes Edit

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 4 6 June 2015 18 June 2015
2 4 28 June 2015 17 July 2015
3 2 31 July 2015 21 August 2015
4 2 13 December 2015 10 January 2016
5 3 7 February 2016 11 March 2016
6 3 18 December 2016 3 February 2017
7 2 18 July 2017 July 2017
8 3 Fall 2017 Fall 2017

Season 1 (2015) Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Show Original air date
1 1 Semi-final 1 & 2 6 June 2015
2 2 Semi-final results 13 June 2015
3 3 Grand final 13 June 2015
4 4 Grand final results 28 June 2015

Season 2 (2015) Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Show Original air date Viewers
(millions)
5 1 Semi-final 1 28 June 2015 4.8
6 2 Semi-final 2 2015 2.8
7 3 Grand final 10 July 2015 2.9
8 4 Grand final results 17 July 2015 4.4

Season 3 (2015) Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Show Original air date Viewers
(millions)
9 1 Grand final 1 August 2015 4.6
10 2 Grand final results 21 August 2015 3.2

Season 4 (2015–16) Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Show Original air date Viewers
(millions)
11 1 Austria's Got Talent IV – Show 13 December 2015 5.1
12 2 Austria's Got Talent IV – Results 10 January 2016 3.6

Season 5 (2016) Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Show Original air date Viewers
(millions)
13 1 Austria's Got Talent V – Final 16 February 2016 6.8
14 2 Austria's Got Talent V – Super Final 29 February 2016 3.1
15 3 Austria's Got Talent V – Results 11 March 2016 N/A

Season 6 (2016–17) Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Show Original air date Viewers
(millions)
16 1 Austria's Got Talent VI – Final 18 December 2016 2.4
17 2 Austria's Got Talent VI – Super Final 14 January 2017 3.2
18 3 Austria's Got Talent VI – Results 3 February 2017 3.7

Season 7 (2017) Edit

No. in
series
No. in
season
Show Original air date Viewers
(millions)
19 1 Austria's Got Talent VII – Final 18 July 2017 4.1
20 3 Austria's Got Talent VII – Results 23 July 2017

Season 8 (2017) Edit

An eighth season will premiere in Fall 2017, with a total of three episodes.

Ratings Edit

Season Timeslot # Ep. Premiered Ended Rank Viewers live+SD
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1 No broadcast 4 6 June 2015 N/A 18 June 2015 N/A N/A N/A
2 Fridays
9:00 p.m.
28 June 2015 4.8 17 July 2015 4.4 3 3.7
3 2 1 August 2015 4.6 21 August 2015 3.2 3 3.9
4 13 December 2015 5.1 10 January 2016 3.6 2 4.4
5 3 16 February 2016 6.8 11 March 2016 3.1 1 5.0
6 18 December 2016 2.4 3 February 2017 3.7 4 3.1
7 2 18 July 2017 4.1 23 July 2017
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