The Got Talent franchise is a British TV format conceived and owned by Simon Cowell's SYCO company. A pilot show was produced in Britain, hosted by Paul O'Grady, but after O'Grady's bitter split with ITV, the series was postponed, resulting in America's Got Talent becoming the first full series of the format.
It has spawned spin-offs in over 30 countries, in what is now referred to as the Got Talent format, similar to that described by FremantleMedia of the Idol format.
In April 2010, SMG announced a licensed spin-off show of the Britain's got talent, ????? (English: China's Got Talent). The show began airing on DragonTV on 25 June 2010, but the pre-audition was not aired on the network. But the pre-audition can be seen on the official website. The audition began on 25 July 2010. Shanghainese stand-up comedian Zhou Libo, Taiwanese singer-actress Annie Yi and mainland pop composer Gao Xiaosong will be the jury panel for the last rounds of China's Got Talent. The winner will receive a performing contract with Fremantle Media and Sony Music Entertainment. The winner also has the opportunity to perform at Las Vegas for three months and be invited on Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's world tour concert as a guest performer.
The show will start its second season with more than 5,000 applicants and with an estimated audience of more than 35.5 million people.