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‘Got Talent’ enters Guinness World Records as most successful reality TV format ever

MUMBAI: ‘Got Talent’ is through to the record books having been commissioned in 58 territories worldwide. The entertainment show now holds the official Guinness World Records title for the ‘Most Successful Reality TV Format’ worldwide. Continuing to create a global buzz, Got Talent, co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment, has continued to outperform itself by now making history.

The show has versions across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas. Most recently, the format has launched in Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan 1), Brazil (Rede Record), Moldova (Channel Prime TV) and Iceland (Channel 2). In total, 59 versions of ‘Got Talent’ are broadcast in 58 countries (with two versions in Belgium).

Simon Cowell said, “I am very proud that Got Talent is a home grown British show. We owe its success to a group of very talented producers all over the world who have made this happen. And of course amazing talent.”

FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, “We are immensely proud of the ever successful ‘Got Talent’ and are delighted to add a prestigious Guinness World Records title to its list of achievements. Got Talent has become a global phenomenon that has transcended cultures and excited audiences from all corners of the globe. We look forward to working with Syco Entertainment in continuing to make this brand an absolute triumph.”

Guinness World Records president Alistair Richards said, “We are delighted to confirm that Got Talent has broken the previous world record and is now the official Guinness World Record holder for the Most successful reality television format, a landmark moment in television record breaking history, congratulations!”

Got Talent has seen talent from the across the world. The range of acts include Susan Boyle from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, who has gone on to sell over 20 million records worldwide; singer Jackie Evancho from ‘America’s Got Talent’; nine-year-old singer Amira Willighagen for ‘Holland’s Got Talent’, who’s winning performance of Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ received more than 50 per cent of the television viewers’ votes; Sima, a Syrian dancing troupe for ‘Arabs Got Talent’; circus artist Simon Heulle for ‘Got Talent France’; Tetiana Galitsyna, an artist who used painting with sand to tell a story for ‘Poland’s Got Talent’; the dazzling dancers, Carolina and Felipe Llanos Almonacid for Got Talent Chile; and joint winners Alexander Magali, an acrobatic sword swallower and Nikita Izmailov, a contact juggler, crystal ball dancer and illusionist for ‘Russia’s Got Talent’.