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AGT bosses defend surprise move to welcome international hopefuls for FIRST time in show history

Australia’s Got Talent returns to Channel Seven with its ninth season next Sunday. 

But ahead of its comeback, TV Tonight has revealed this series will see the show welcome talent from overseas for the first time in Australia’s Got Talent history. 

Bosses have defended the surprise move, which will see international hopefuls take on homegrown talent, and insisted it will make the series ‘more unique’.  

Surprise move: TV Tonight has revealed the ninth season of Australia's Got Talent, hosted by Ricki Lee, will see the show welcome talent from overseas for the first time in its history

Surprise move: TV Tonight has revealed the ninth season of Australia’s Got Talent, hosted by Ricki Lee, will see the show welcome talent from overseas for the first time in its history

According to the publication, Australia’s own acts will be forced to battle it out with contestants from the likes of Maldova and Israel for the $100,000 prize fund.  

Along with acts from all over the country, the show will now open its doors to those internationally-based and willing to compete. 

It will be the first time in the show’s nine-year history that contestants from overseas will be featured, with a spokesperson for Australia’s Got Talent insisting the show is an ‘international platform’.

Heating up: Bosses have defended the surprise move, which will see international hopefuls take on homegrown talent to win the $100,000 prize fund, and insisted it will make the series 'more unique'

Heating up: Bosses have defended the surprise move, which will see international hopefuls take on homegrown talent to win the $100,000 prize fund, and insisted it will make the series ‘more unique’

Jonathon Summerhayes, the Director of Major Formats at Fremantle told TV Tonight: ‘The format draws exceptionally talented performers from all corners of the globe as well as the very best homegrown talent.’

‘They all compete on the one stage which makes this show truly unique and the biggest show in the world right now,’ he said.

It’s believed that international acts have their flights and accommodation paid for, as well as being allocated a daily allowance while on the show. 

All are welcome: It's not unusual for international acts to travel overseas, with many having purposely travelled to the UK and US to appear on Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent

All are welcome: It’s not unusual for international acts to travel overseas, with many having purposely travelled to the UK and US to appear on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent

It’s not unusual for international acts to travel overseas, with many having purposely travelled to the UK and America to appear on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. 

In 2013, Hungarian-based shadow theatre group Attraction won Britain’s Got Talent and are the only international act so far to have done so.

America’s Got Talent has had two international winners, Japanese martial arts dancer and mime Kenichi Ebina won the show in 2013, while British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin was crowned the winner in 2010. 

The new series of Australia’s Got Talent will see Nicole Scherzinger join the all-new judging panel, alongside Shane Jacobson, Manu Feildel and Lucy Durack. 

Exciting lineup: The new series of Australia's Got Talent will see Nicole Scherzinger join the judging panel, alongside Shane Jacobson, Lucy Durack and Manu Feildel

Exciting lineup: The new series of Australia’s Got Talent will see Nicole Scherzinger join the judging panel, alongside Shane Jacobson, Lucy Durack and Manu Feildel

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