Asia's Got Talent (season 1)

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Asia's Got Talent
Season 1
Broadcast fromMarch 12 – May 14, 2015
David Foster
Melanie C
Vanness Wu
Host(s)Marc Nelson
Rovilson Fernandez
BroadcasterAXN Asia
El Gamma Penumbra
Origin Philippines
Genre(s)Shadow play group

The first season of Asia's Got Talent (AGT) started airing on March 12, 2015, across 15 countries in Asia,[1][2] culminating to a grand final airing nine weeks later on May 14, 2015. It featured a grand prize of US$100,000 and an opportunity to perform at the Marina Bay Sands.[3]

The show is hosted by Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez; while the judges are Anggun, David Foster, Melanie C, and Vanness Wu.[2] This show is also co-hosted by Singaporean Youtuber and Power98FM DJ's Dee Kosh for sneak previews, highlights, recaps, and behind the scenes.

Filipino shadow play group, El Gamma Penumbra was declared as the first season winner. News of their win leaked early through social media even before the broadcast of the results,[4][5] causing dismay among netizens due to the spoiler nature of the leak.[5]


The following were the locations for the open ground auditions:

Date City Audition location Ref.
27 September 2014 Singapore Basement 1, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands [6]
28 September 2014 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia Taylor's University Lakeside Campus [7]
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia [8]
5 October 2014 Taipei, Taiwan Legacy Taipei [9]

Auditionees were also allowed to submit their audition videos online via the show's official website.

Auditions in front of the judges (and a live audience) were held on January 13–14, 16–18, 20–22, 2015 at the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Johor, Malaysia.[10][11] They would be screened across five episodes.[12]

The judges' auditions also feature the Golden Buzzer. Each judge would have one chance to use the Golden Buzzer. The so-called Golden Acts, those on whom the Golden Buzzer is used, would automatically advance to the Semi-Finals. Wu was the first to press the Golden Buzzer on Japanese popping act Time Machine, followed by Melanie C on Chinese acrobat-dancer couple Gao Lin and Liu Xin and Anggun on Filipino shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra. Foster was the last judge to push the Golden Buzzer, using it on Filipina singer/soprano Gerphil Flores.

Below are the acts who are confirmed within the show to have received at least three Yes votes and thus had successfully passed their auditions, as well as the Golden Acts. As implied by the addition of acts whose performances were exclusively seen outside AXN Asia's broadcast of the show, the list does not cover everyone who had passed. Due to time constraints, some acts, named or otherwise, are seen with their fates partially known (only one or two known Yes votes) or edited out completely from broadcast and are thus not listed.


The deliberation round was held at the Marina Bay Sands, the venue for the semifinals and finals.[12] It was shown at end of the final auditions episode first aired on April 9, 2015. Wu was not physically present during the deliberation round, his input being relayed through Foster, who along with Anggun and Melanie C chose the 20 remaining acts who would compete in semi-finals. The four Golden Acts and the judges' picks would bring the total number of semifinalists to 24. The first eight semifinalists were announced after the deliberation round, with the others to be revealed gradually as the semifinal rounds progress.

While the voting is similar to other voting processes in the Got Talent franchise, the revelation of results would be slightly different, to be revealed in the following week rather than the next night (as semifinal rounds are only once weekly, barring replays). Also, in another twist, the Golden Buzzer returns wherein each semifinal round, the judges would use it as one unit to send one act straight to the finals. This is similar to the Judges' Choice in the other local franchises, albeit one ahead of the vote rather than after and based on the vote. Aside from the Judges' Choice through the Golden Buzzer, the two acts with the most public votes would also advance to the finals. There would thus be a total of nine finalists emerging from the three semifinal rounds.

Ages listed are as of the time of the auditions. In the case of group acts, the age ranges only accounted for the members present at the auditions. The age(s) of any additional member(s) who only appeared in the semifinal may or may not be within the range designated.

Name of act Age(s) Genre Act Hometown Semifinal Week Result
El Gamma Penumbra Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 22–40 Dance/Novelty Shadow Theatre Group  Philippines 3 Winner
Khusugtun 25–38 Music Musical Ensemble Group  Mongolia 2 Runner-up
Gerphil Geraldine Flores Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 24 Music Soprano Singer  Philippines 2 Third place
The Talento 11–12 Music Pop Rock Band  Thailand 3 Fourth place
Junior New System Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 16–23 Dance Dance Group  Philippines 2 Middle two
Triqstar 23–33 Dance Dance Troupe  Japan 1 Middle two
Dance Thrilogy 8–12 Dance Tap Dance Group  Singapore
( Australia)
[note 1]
3 Bottom three
Gao Lin and Liu Xin Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 26 & 22 Acrobatics Acrobatic Duo  China 1 Bottom three
Gwyneth Dorado 10 Music Singer/Acoustic guitarist  Philippines 1 Bottom three
AltType 26–29 Novelty Double Dutch act  Japan 3 Eliminated
Bảo Cường 23–35[note 2] Danger Extreme performance artist  Vietnam 2 Eliminated
Bebop 19–24 Music Pop rock band  South Korea 2 Eliminated
Billy Chang 31 Dance Contemporary dancer  Taiwan 3 Eliminated
The Brothers 30–34 Music Tenors  Indonesia 1 Eliminated
Fathin Amira 22 Music Singer  Singapore 2 Eliminated
Gonzo 29 Music/Novelty Tambourine performance artist  Japan 1 Eliminated
Nitish Bharti 25 Novelty Sand artist  India 1 Eliminated
Oscar Chu 18 Music Harmonica player  Taiwan 1 Eliminated
Sada Borneo 21–23 Music New-age band  Malaysia 3 Eliminated
Sydney Uke 12 Music Ukulele player  Thailand 2 Eliminated
Time Machine Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 23–32 Dance Popping dance act  Japan 3 Eliminated
Toshanbor Singh Nongbet 23 Music Tenor  India 3 Eliminated
The Velasco Brothers 22–33 Dance/Acrobatics Acrobats/Breakdancers  Philippines 1 Eliminated
Young Boys 14–24 Music/Comedy Comic piano ensemble  Indonesia 2 Eliminated
  1. ^ Some of the newly added members of Dance Thrilogy are from Australia.
  2. ^ The multiple ages accounted for Bảo Cường's age as well as those of his two assistants present at the time of his audition.

Semifinals summary[edit]

Semifinals 1 (April 16)[edit]

(For the Buzzes columns in this section and the next two, Melanie C is referred to by her surname Chisholm.)

Act Order Performance description Buzzes Result
Foster Anggun Wu Chisholm
Japan Gonzo 1 Performed a superhero-inspired tambourine routine to the tune of "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler. Eliminated
Philippines Gwyneth Dorado 2 Sang "Nobody's Perfect" by Jessie J. Advanced
Taiwan Oscar Chu 3 Performed "Rondo Alla Turca" from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 using a total of eight harmonicas. Eliminated
Japan Triqstar 4 Performed a popping dance routine centered on cherry blossoms and the folk song "Sakura Sakura." Advanced
Philippines The Velasco Brothers 5 Performed a mob/bar fight-inspired routine. Eliminated
India Nitish Bharti 6 Used multiple sand boards to convey a story of a world seen by a blind girl temporarily given sight. Eliminated
China Gao Lin and Liu Xin Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 7 Performed a routine based on the tango. Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Advanced
Indonesia The Brothers 8 Sang "All by Myself" by Eric Carmen, as popularized by Celine Dion. Eliminated

Semifinals 2 (April 23)[edit]

Act Order Performance description Buzzes Result
Foster Anggun Wu Chisholm
Indonesia Young Boys 1 Performed a tropical island-themed routine using a total of seven instruments: a piano, an electronic organ, a pair of kettledrums, a marimba, a pair of bongo drums, a pair of conga drums, and a cajón. Eliminated
Philippines Gerphil Geraldine Flores Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 2 Sang "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" from the movie Love Story. Advanced
South Korea Bebop 3 Sang "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Mongolia Khusugtun 4 Performed a traditional Mongolian musical piece, initially starting with bird chirps and a few instruments before reaching an a cappella climax. Advanced
Vietnam Bảo Cường 5 Inserted various objects through his nose and mouth and stopped a running motorized electric fan blade with his bare tongue before eventually swallowing a sword weighted down by a pot and several knives. Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Thailand Sydney Uke 6 Performed "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli. Eliminated
Singapore Fathin Amira 7 Sang "Chandelier" by Sia. Eliminated
Philippines Junior New System 8 Performed a multitrack dance and stunts performance using a medley composed of "We Will Rock You" by Queen, "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan, "María" by Ricky Martin, "Let's Get Loud" by Jennifer Lopez, and "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé. Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Advanced

Semifinals 3 (April 30)[edit]

Act Order Performance description Buzzes Result
Foster Anggun Wu Chisholm
Philippines El Gamma Penumbra Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 1 Performed a routine based centrally on war, recovery from war, and peace. Crystal Clear action bookmark.png Advanced
Singapore (Australia) Dance Thrilogy 2 Performed a sailor-themed dance routine, set to the music of "Anything Goes" from the musical with the same name. Advanced
Malaysia Sada Borneo 3 Performed an original composition inspired by the rainforest and nature in general. Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Japan AltType 4 Performed a toys-inspired routine. Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Thailand The Talento 5 Sang "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. Advanced
Japan Time Machine Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 6 Performed a science-fiction/mad scientist's laboratory-inspired routine. Eliminated
India Toshanbor Singh Nongbet 7 Sang an operatic rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" as written by Albert Hay Malotte. Eliminated
Taiwan Billy Chang 8 Performed a dance routine based on the four classical elements of earth (represented by sand), wind (from a wind machine), fire (a flaming hoop), and water. Eliminated


The finals, like the semifinals, will be held at the Marina Bay Sands over a span of two episodes, a performance night and a results night.[12] It is presumed that the final two public vote finalists from the third semifinal round would be present together the finalists who already advanced.

Charice and illusionist Cosentino (Australia's Got Talent season 5 runner-up) performed in the results night, Charice singing "Lay Me Down" with Foster on piano and Cosentino performing a metamorphosis/escape act involving a cage and spikes. Anggun also sang "Snow on the Sahara" before joining the rest of the judges in covering their own version of "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire. There were no intentional buzzes towards the acts but Wu buzzed after Gao Lin & Liu Xin's proposal aiming it at Foster.

Act Order Performance description Result
Thailand The Talento 1 Sang "The Final Countdown" by Europe. Fourth place
China Gao Lin and Liu Xin Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 2 Performed a ballet and acrobatics routine to the tune of "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry. (An actual and unexpected wedding proposal ensued between the two after the performance.) Bottom three
Philippines Gwyneth Dorado 3 Sang "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia. Bottom three
Singapore (Australia) Dance Thrilogy 4 Performed a dance routine to the tune of "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)" from the musical 42nd Street. Bottom three
Mongolia Khusugtun 5 Performed an original composition with the use of traditional Mongolian musical instruments. Runner-up
Japan Triqstar 6 Performed a dance routine wholly inspired by the traditional Japanese arts, highlighted by dancing while still kneeling, contortionism, and popping routines. Middle two
Philippines El Gamma Penumbra Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 7 Performed a routine themed centrally on man's destruction of Mother Earth's resources, its effects, and ecological salvation, set to the tune of "Colors of the Wind" by Vanessa Williams. Winner
Philippines Gerphil Geraldine Flores Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 8 Sang "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" from the musical Man of La Mancha. Third place
Philippines Junior New System Crystal Clear action bookmark.png 9 Performed an American football-inspired multitrack dance and stunts performance using a medley which included, among others, "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé, "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool, and "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men. Middle two

Contestants who appeared on previous shows or seasons[edit]

  • El Gamma Penumbra, the winner of the first season, placed fourth on the third season of Pilipinas Got Talent.
  • Gerphil Flores, the third placer of this season, was a semifinalist of the premiere season of Pilipinas Got Talent.
  • The Velasco Brothers, a semifinalist, placed third on the first season of Pilipinas Got Talent.
  • The Miss Tres was a semifinalist on the fourth season of Pilipinas Got Talent.
  • Symmetry was also a semifinalist on the fourth season of Pilipinas Got Talent.
  • Angelico "Echo" Claridad joined the first season of The Voice Kids in the Philippines. He turned all three chairs and joined Team Lea, but was eliminated in the Battles.
  • Jeremiah Velasco auditioned in all five seasons of Pilipinas Got Talent. In his fifth season audition, he mentioned in front of the judges that he also auditioned on Asia's Got Talent.[13] His audition was not aired.
  • The Talento competed in the fourth season of Thailand's Got Talent, reaching the finals.
  • Ira Christy Pitaloka, Rachzonja Adhy Kirana Putra, Ni Luh Ayu Leny, The Blessing, Helen Renata Gunawan, Ari Wibowo, and Rifki Ardiansyah all appeared in the second season of Indonesia's Got Talent while Djitron Pah and Young Boys appeared as semifinalists in the first.
  • Han Bok Hee auditioned on the second season of Korea's Got Talent, singing "Non, je ne regrette rien" by Edith Piaf, the same audition piece she used in this season.[14]
  • Bảo Cường and Nguyễn Thị Huyền Trang were semifinalists on the 2012 season of Vietnam's Got Talent.
  • Neil Rey Garcia Llanes won the 2014 edition of the talent show Talentadong Pinoy.
  • Roadfill Macasero of Fe and Roadfill is already known in the Philippines as one-half of a comic and song duo Moymoy Palaboy, the other half being his older brother and group namesake Moymoy.
  • Indian martial arts group Bir Khalsa placed third in the second season of India's Got Talent. They also appeared in the third season of the joint Czech-Slovak franchise Česko Slovensko má talent; their audition there and their audition in this season both did not result in their favor.


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