SPTI's 'The Gong Show' talent competition format making strides in Asia

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Television International's (SPTI) has announced that after 10 episodes, Indonesia's terrestrial channel Trans TV, has ordered additional episodes of quintessential game show format The Gong Show.

The show has been adapted for Indonesian audiences by Trans TV and was launched in June. The Gong Show's audience has grown quickly, reaching 3.8 rating points (13.5 share) by its eighth episode opposite tough competition from local dramas The Gong Show is hosted by Indonesian TV personality Ari Untung and features Komeng - one of the highest paid comedians in Indonesia - as head judge of a panel which evaluates variety acts performed by members of the public.

The Gong Show is based on the original talent show competition hosted by the legendary Chuck Barris. Named the 16th best game show by TV Guide, the bizarre format features three celebrity judges who view variety acts performed by amateurs. Any act that is deemed too awful can be 'gonged' at any time and stopped.

All contestants will be awarded cash prizes according to the duration of their performance before being gonged. SPTI adds that The Gong Show has inspired countless talent competition-based television shows over the years, many of which have been tremendously successful. Its unique content - a showcase of unusual and often compelling talent - as well as its universal appeal, however, keeps it timeless, relevant and innovative.

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