Got What It Takes?



Lauren Platt


David Tench (Musical Director)

Kevin Adams (Games Guru)

Jaymi Hensley (web content and final co-host, 2018-)


Rize USA for CBBC, 6 January 2016 to 3 June 2016 (11 episodes in 1 series)

Lincoln Square (a division of Walt Disney EMEA) for CBBC, 7 February 2017 to present


Eight young singers and their mothers learn about the music business. The winner gets a place at Radio 1's Big Weekend concert.

Each episode begins with the performers rehearsing a popular song, working with each other and with musical director David Tench. Only three will perform at the end of the show.

Then the performers learn about something in the showbiz industry. They're helped by a guest star - Diversity, Cel Spellman, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Lucy Spraggan. The guest tests the elite eight, and selects two to go through to the sing-off.

The mothers have a physical challenge - an assault course, hamster-ball skittles, penalties against the England goalie. Whoever wins this test pushes their child into the final slot. Kevin Adams motivates like a tough but fair PE teacher.

Got What It Takes? Yes! It's Musical Bears.

David Tench gives further advice, and helps to work out the arrangements for the sing-off. Then the three perform to an elite audience - their own mothers. Votes and a weekly winner follow.

After eight weeks of this, one performer has won and goes straight through to the final. The other seven get to perform one song for the viewing audience; the top three in a viewer's vote also progress to the final.

Two performances each in the final, filmed in a proper studio with an audience of cheering fans. The winner is voted from the mothers and from invited guest judges. The winner performs at Radio 1's Big Weekend concert.

Got What It Takes? Lauren Platt sings the lyric, and David Tench sets it to music.

Lauren Platt narrates the show; she also presents the introduction and sing-off phases. Lauren was a success on The X Factor a couple of years ago, but Got What It Takes? is a world away from that show's overblown facade. There are no eliminations, the environment is supportive, and it looked like all of the contenders learned greatly from the experience.


2016 - Amaria
2017 - Jorja
2018 - Rio


Format created by Small World Media, distributed by Small World IFT. Originally aired in Romania under the title Mom Made Me a Star.

Title Music

Tonino Speciale


Rai-Elle Williams made the final of Got What It Takes? in early 2016. By autumn 2017, she was in the live shows on The X Factor, and made the final ten.

Web links

BBC web page

See also

Weaver's Week review


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