‘What a weird random selection of judges’: Critics slam Australia’s Got Talent panel with Manu Feildel, Nicole Scherzinger, Shane Jacobson and Lucy Durack
Australia’s Got Talent will return to TV screens on Channel Seven in coming months, three years after it was scrapped by the Nine network.
But it’s the new lineup of judges that has people talking, with critics branding the panel ‘weird’ and ‘random’.
My Kitchen Rules judge, Manu Feildel, 45, will join comedian, Shane Jacobson, 49, actress Lucy Durack, 36, and former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman, Nicole Scherzinger, 40, on the panel.
Interesting: Australia’s Got Talent announced its new lineup of judges on Wednesday and critics have described the panel as ‘weird’ and ‘random’. Pictured L-R, Shane Jacobson, Lucy Durack, Nicole Scherzinger and Manu Feildel
The announcement garnered mixed reactions, with many critics taking to Facebook on Wednesday to express confusion.
‘What a weird random selection of judges. Are they expecting cooking auditions,’ one user wrote.
‘Manu? Really? I can just hear him now telling the contestants they need more sauce!’ another user joked.
Confusion: Fans flocked to Facebook shortly after the announcement and shared mixed reactions
A third person asked: ‘Why is a chef judging talent???’
Despite the widespread confusion, majority of the judges have prior experience.
Manu is a judge on cooking show, My Kitchen Rules, and once went to circus school as a teenager.
Shane presents the show, Little Big Shots, and Nicole has been a judge on the UK and US versions of The X factor.
Experience: Despite the widespread confusion, majority of the judges have prior experience. Manu (pictured left with Pete Evans) is a judge on My Kitchen Rules and once went to circus school as a teenager
Contestants are set to battle it out on AGT for the $100,000 cash prize.
Filming is scheduled to begin later this month.
In a statement on Wednesday, Manu said he’s ‘excited’ about joining another reality TV show.
‘I’m super excited! I’m a huge fan of good old entertainment. It’s the kind of family show I’d like to watch myself… Expect fun! Fun and a lot of laughs,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Nicole said: ‘I love watching undiscovered talent come into their own. It takes a lot of courage to get up on a stage with millions watching, and I want to be that voice of encouragement to help these contestants ultimately become the best versions of themselves.’
Showbiz darling: Former singer Nicole (right) has been a judge on the UK and US versions of The X factor. Pictured here on the UK show in 2012