When Rachel Hunter said to New Zealand’s Got Talent finalists, J Geeks, “I hope that you get the opportunity to go show the world…” they should have replied:
“Yeah, nah, don’t worry, J Geek vs the World is coming soon to TV3″.Their new show, from the makers of The GC, has been in development for TV3 for over a year.
J Geek vs The World received $20,000 in development funding from New Zealand On Air prior to TVNZ being granted $1.6m in funding for New Zealand’s Got Talent and has received an additional funding of $6,500 since then.
New Zealand’s Got Talent declared “we’re hoping to find New Zealand’s next big thing” when they launched the series 11 weeks ago. Haven’t they already been found?
I wonder if there was an internal memo at TV3 encouraging staff to vote for their stars.
Oh dear. Someone at TVNZ's talent identification department is going to be VERY red-faced over this. Regan Cunliffe's piece is well worth a read in its entirety. TV3 certainly seems to have successfully ambushed its state-owned competitor.