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'It makes the show unique': Australia's Got Talent bosses defend surprise move to welcome international hopefuls for FIRST time in show history

By Daily Mail Australia Reporter

Published: 06:39 BST, 22 July 2019 | Updated: 06:39 BST, 22 July 2019

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Australia's Got Talent returns to Channel Seven with its ninth season next Sunday. 

But ahead of its comeback, TV Tonight has revealed this series will see the show welcome talent from overseas for the first time in Australia's Got Talent history. 

Bosses have defended the surprise move, which will see international hopefuls take on homegrown talent, and insisted it will make the series 'more unique'.  

Surprise move: TV Tonight has revealed the ninth season of Australia's Got Talent, hosted by Ricki Lee, will see the show welcome talent from overseas for the first time in its history

Surprise move: TV Tonight has revealed the ninth season of Australia's Got Talent, hosted by Ricki Lee, will see the show welcome talent from overseas for the first time in its history

According to the publication, Australia's own acts will be forced to battle it out with contestants from the likes of Maldova and Israel for the $100,000 prize fund.  

Along with acts from all over the country, the show will now open its doors to those internationally-based and willing to compete. 

It will be the first time in the show's nine-year history that contestants from overseas will be featured, with a spokesperson for Australia's Got Talent insisting the show is an 'international platform'.

Heating up: Bosses have defended the surprise move, which will see international hopefuls take on homegrown talent to win the $100,000 prize fund, and insisted it will make the series 'more unique'

Heating up: Bosses have

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