EPISODE 6: The Talent Show: Star Maker or Dream Breaker

From the humble beginnings of Popstars in 1999 to the well oiled machine of The Voice, Megsy goes back to the 9 year old girl who adored the talent show and reflects on what they have become today. 

Are we still not over Guy Sebastian winning the very first season of Australian Idol over Shannon Noll? Well, we’re definitely not.

Of course with the sea of contestants, big red buzzers and those very mean judges; reality TV talent shows have been present on our TV screens since Popstars in 1999.  

In this episode of CRAZE, Megsy is fangirling throughout the entire time- no, seriously. From original member of Bardot, Belinda Chapple and Australian Idol season four winner Damien Leith- this is a very special CRAZE season finale you don’t want to miss.

Take a look back over the years from the fame, glamour and endless nights sitting in the lounge room cheering on your favourite up and coming artists, hoping they would become the next big thing.

CRAZE Podcast Executive Producer Grace makes her debut on the podcast and it’s a topic that nine-year old Grace would absolutely adore.

Eventually, as all things do, Idol phased out and made way for the bigger and better (with spinning chairs), The Voice.

Jules was lucky enough to be an audience member in the very first season as she watched some very talented people get the suspense of some big red buzzers.

Shaun Brown shares his experience of joining the Blind Auditions on the Voice- and what it took just to get on TV (A LOT). Simon Cohen tells us exactly what goes on behind the scenes in these glamorous shows.

Are you a star maker or a dream breaker?

The secrets of Hollywood are well and truly uncovered in this episode- listen if you dare!

This is an AFTRS original podcast and was made on Bidjigal and Gadigal country. We would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of this land. We pay our very deep respects to Aboriginal elders past, present and emerging.

This episode was produced by Emily Waterson, Adair Sheppard and Simon Beaton

Executive Produced and scripted by Grace Rouvray

Hosted by Megsy Hui

Our theme track is composed by Simon Beaton