After a successful and nail-biting auditions phase, the most anticipated show is coming to the small screens and viewers have an opportunity to witness the array of talent that their fellow South Africans have to offer.
From comedians, line and fire dancers, rope skippers, impersonators, rappers, yoyologists, trumpeters, pole dancers – judges Shado Twala, Ian von Memerty and Kabelo "Bouga Luv" Mabalane had their hands full at the auditions and are ecstatic about the new pool of talent that they've seen.
The SA's Got Talent auditions brought more variety this year. They came from the smallest village to the big cities of SA, all with a story to tell. Some acts were weird and wonderful, some unique and daring.
Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are remembered in song and dance, the yo-yo makes a come-back, the saw makes music and whistling can be a full time job. Only on SA's Got Talent.
Produced by Rapid Blue, SA's Got Talent is a countrywide talent search for South Africa's next great talent act, featuring a variety of acts and talents of all ages. This season comprises of 10 episodes.
From the fantastically entertaining to the jaw-droppingly delusional, viewers will applaud with excitement, laugh with enjoyment, gasp in disbelief and cry with pride at the mind-blowing talent and perseverance that many of the contestants have displayed.
South Africa's greatest talent gets underway in the first five episodes. Viewers will witness the search to find the best talent in the country during auditions.
It's the big reveal in Episode 6 as viewers see who of the hopefuls makes it through to the semi-finals. Episodes seven to nine are live semi-finals.
The performance shows, which air on Thursdays at 20h30, comprise of seven acts. Then, in the half hour results show, two acts are selected to go to the finals.
In the grand final episode, six acts will pit against each other for the ultimate prize of R250,000 and the title of the most talented South African this season.
Thursday, 30 August
Episode 1 – Auditions (20h30)
Thursday, 6 September
Episode 2 – Auditions (20h30)
Thursday, 13 September
Episode 3 – Auditions (20h30)
Thursday, 20 September
Episode 4 – Auditions (20h30)
Thursday, 27 September
Episode 5 – Auditions (20h30)
Thursday, 4 October
Episode 6 – Top 18 finalists announced (20h30)
Tuesday, 9 October
Episode 7 (Semi-Final) LIVE (20h30)
Wednesday, 10 October
Results Show – from Tuesday's show (21h35)
Thursday, 11 October
Episode 8 (Semi-Final) - LIVE (20h30)
Saturday, 13 October
Results Show – from Thursday's episode (18h30)
Tuesday, 16 October
Episode 9 (Semi-Final) – LIVE (20h30)
Wednesday, 17 October
Results Show – from Tuesday's episode (21h35)
Thursday, 18 October
Episode 10 (Final) - LIVE (19h30)
Tats got his big break when he made the Top 8 of the SABC1 reality competition So You Think You're Funny!, in 2008. Once the show ended he was asked to tour with the Top 3 from the season.
He was also a Top 24 finalist in the third season of M-Net's Idols, in 2005, and is known for his musical segments on the fourth season of the eNews Channel's satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, in 2012.
Ian von Memerty
Ian has presented the SABC2 reality competition Strictly Come Dancing since 2006 and is well known for his hit two-piano theatre show A Handful of Keys, which celebrated its 1,000th performance in August 2012, having played to over 300,000 people.
Shado became a household name as a presenter on radio stations such as Radio Bop, METRO FM, 702, P4 and Cape Talk, and returned to the airwaves on Heart 104.9FM.
In recent years she has diversified into the media and public relations sphere, working for the Western Cape government, and currently manages her own entertainment business.
Kabelo "Bouga Luv" Mabalane
Kwaito musician, actor and presenter Kabelo "Bouga Luv" Mabalane replaced Randall Abrahams as a judge on the third season of the show on e.tv.
He has opened shows for musicians such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Ja Rule and Rihanna and is co-owner of Faith Records, an independent music company.