The Have A Go Show was an attempt to showcase special guests, local Sydney 'talent' and the comedic and entertainment talent of 'Jono and Danno'.






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Jonathan Coleman Jonathan Coleman ...  Self (1987) unknown episodes


The Have a Go Show leveraged 'talent' from the Sydney talent quest scene of the 80's by having them perform and then judged by well-known Australian entertainment and music celebrities in a comedic format. The show was less about showcasing entertainment talent than using them in a matrixed entertainment format that showcased popular entertainers and identities at the time with the featured and ascendant radio celebrities Jonathan 'Jono' Coleman and Ian 'Dano' Rogerson. The show was produced with a studio audience and live band, with 4 acts given approximately 90 seconds to present their act. Three 'featured judges', represented by well-known Australian celebrities, were required to terminate the act by way of pulling a golden rope, so that adjudication could occur. Jono and Dano would join the contestant on stage for judging deliberations. The winner of the show was announced with fanfare at the end of the show. The main prize was a trophy with other contestants receiving albums, ...

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Pilot Show
24 January 2017 | by blueraptorbuzzSee all my reviews

I was a Cabaret entertainer and Sydney vocalist in the 80's and was approached whilst on the Sydney Talent Quest circuit to 'audition for a TV show'. I had featured on Simon Townsend's Wonder World and was conducting Tribute shows and gigs at various venues when I was spotted by one of the Show's producers.

I was interviewed for 'a talent show' and asked to rehearse 3 songs. I went into Channel Seven and the producers advised it was the 'Have-A-Go Show', appearing on which would help further my musical career. The recording was advised as being part of the 'Pilot shows' and I wasn't aware that my show would be televised nationally. The studio musicians were superb. I was recommended by the music producer of the show to sing 'You Can't Hurry Love', by Phil Collins. I rehearsed as normal and on the day of the shoot, the music producer advised he had reduced my score from 3 minutes to 90 seconds! I had to very quickly re-plan the song.

We started the shoot of the show, the format of which was 4 acts in front of three judges. My judges were Jeanie Little, Frankie J Holden and Ignatious Jones from Jimmy and the Boys. I was the second act and was followed by a 12 year old girl who sang, 'Walking On Sunshine'.

I was introduced as 'The Singing Bank Clerk'. As I was counted in, I realised that the tempo of the song had been virtually doubled. It caught me completely by surprise. I'd choreographed my routine and my physical actions looked like a cross between an epileptic and a chipmunk. As I entered the second chorus, Jeanie Little stood up and pulled a golden rope which activated a 'Gong', which ended the act. It happened very quickly. Jono and Danno joined me on stage and the judging could only be described as a amateurish attempt at ad-lib comedy. Ignatious remarked that he was jealous of my hair, Frankie was as confused as Iggy and when asked by Jono why she 'gonged' me, Jeanie said that she couldn't wait to get her hands on me because I was, 'CORRRRRRGEOUS!'

I have a VHS of my performance, but VHS players have gone the way of the Dodo. But overall, whilst I was hijacked for what was essentially a foil for a comedy show, and no benefit to my music career was experienced, it was a bit of frivolous 80's fun.

For the record, the 13 year old won our show on sentiment and I can still clearly see her face and toothy grin when I recall the show. I also remember the camera panning around on my brothers, sister and friends in the studio audience, which was one of the only times my family had seen me perform in a 'semi-professional' context.

Good times, but the show never had a chance. Production quality was left to chance whilst they tried to leverage the hit-and-miss comedic talent in Jono and Danno, who were in ascendancy on Sydney radio at the time. Not long before, StarSearch was created on another network with a more professional format which treated performers with greater artistic respect and launched the career of my good friend Noel MacDonald, who won the show and went on to write for, produce and manage the band 'Girlfriend'.

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