A talent show is an event where participants perform talents of singing, dancing, lip-syncing, acting, drumming, martial arts, playing an instrument, or other activities to showcase skills. Many talent shows are performances rather than contests, but some are actual contests. In the instance of a contest, participants may be motivated to perform for a reward, trophy, or prize of some kind. For example, a high school might not have many students with any interest in performing in front of the student body for the sole purpose of performing alone and may offer different prizes as an incentive for these students to participate in the contest.
In 1976 President of Bangladesh, Ziaur Rahman, arranged an innovative talent pool to promote the development of children's talent. Named Notun Kuri This is the first merit search reality show in the world by date.