Got What It Takes?



Lauren Platt (2016-18)

Anna Maynard (2018-21)


Musical Director:
David Tench (2016-18)
Max Cooke (2018-21)

Games Guru: Kevin Adams

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

Melvin Odoom (2021)


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

Lincoln Square (a division of Walt Disney EMEA) for CBBC, 7 February 2017 to 28 September 2018 (22 episodes in 2 series + 1 special)

Bitachon 360 for CBBC, 24 September 2018 to 11 March 2020 (21 episodes in 2 series)

Fulwell 73 for CBBC, 11 May to 13 July 2021 (11 episodes in 1 series)


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.

For its fourth series, Got What It Takes? moved from a spring transmission to the preceeding autumn. This didn't alter the filming schedule - everything's made in the school summer holidays - and allows a repeat in the run-up to Radio 1's Big Weekend. Anna Maynard (sister of singer Conor Maynard) took over as presenter, with Max Cooke the new musical director. Kevin Adams remained as the PE teacher everyone's mother dislikes.

Series six, shown in spring 2021, had been recorded the previous summer. Just five contestants and their mothers took part, rather than the usual eight. The singing and competitions were limited, according to the relevant physical distancing requirements. There were some changes to the scoring, which ended up a bit like the Eurovision Song Contest.

Rather than an outright winner of each show, the heats gave points for the sing-off winner and runner-up. Additional challenges gave the other competitors a chance to score some points. After all the heats were over, the five recorded their best song in a professional studio, and the audience voted on the CBBC website. These votes combined with the points from the heats to produce three finalists. Lauren and new co-host Melvin Odoom made it sound easier than we've described it, and the best performer won as always.


2016 - Amaria
2017 - Jorja
Spring 2018 - Rio
Autumn 2018 - Lauren
2020 - Georgie
2021 - Tilly


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


Two of the finalists in the first series achieved greater things. 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. Another finalist, Lola Young, sang "Together in Electric Dreams" for 2021's John Lewis Christmas advert. Some finalists from series two became notable for other events too; the winner, Jorja Douglas, later became a third of FLO, while Kellimarie Willis was an original member of The X Factor: The Band winners Real Like You, which Kyra West joined in 2023.

Web content for series 3 (spring 2018) was hosted by Jaymi Hemsley of pop group Union J.

Each series is comprised of 8 weekly challenges, a sing-off amongst the other contenders, a grand final, and a programme following the winner as they perform at the Big Weekend. A special episode, "The Story So Far", caught up with performers from the first three series; though made as part of series 3, it was transmitted after series 4 had begun.

The winner of the 2020 competition, Georgie, was unable to take her prize as the Big Weekend had been cancelled as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Web links

BBC web page

Wikipedia entry

See also

Weaver's Week review


To correct something on this page or post an addition, please complete this form and press "Send":
If you are asking us a question, please read our contact us page and FAQ first.

Name: E-mail:   
A Labyrinth Games site.
Design by Thomas.
Printable version
Editors: Log in