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BY COLIN VICKERY

DAR­REN McMullen is go­ing global. The 30-year-old Scot has slowly but surely racked up a list of world­wide TV cred­its.

McMullen’s big Aussie break came in 2010 when he hosted Chan­nel 7’s Minute to Win It. He also pre­sented Nine’s Com­mer­cial Break­down and MTV’s The Lair.

Last year, McMullen hosted US re­al­ity show Love in the Wild. He also fronted UK magic show The Ma­gi­cians as well as the Bri­tish ver­sion of Minute to Win It.

Now McMullen is watched by mil­lions of Aussies ev­ery week on The Voice along with coaches Seal, Delta Goodrem, Joel Mad­den and Keith Ur­ban. You’ve bounced from one coun­try to an­other of late. Howhave all th­ese host­ing gigs hap­pened? It (host­ing all over the world) has al­ways been the goal for me. I’ve wanted to have a base in ev­ery English-speak­ing coun­try in the world. Not as some form of world dom­i­na­tion. I want my job to be the ba­sis of my main love in life, which is travel. You were the last per­son signed for The Voice. How did it come about? I phoned Mark Fen­nessy, who runs (pro­duc­tion com­pany) Shine, when I first saw the US ver­sion of The Voice. I said, ‘‘I have just seen the most amaz­ing show — the sort of show I’ve wanted to host my en­tire ca­reer.’’ He said, ‘‘I’ve just bought it.’’ I said, ‘‘We need to talk.’’ Then it be­came a mat­ter of try­ing to get out of my US contract. I’m meant to be film­ing the sec­ond se­ries of Love in the Wild in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic right now. What has it been like work­ing with Seal, Delta, Joel and Keith? Seal is the en­light­ened guru fig­ure. Ev­ery­thing that comes out of his mouth is some­thing that Yo­da­would say. Delta is an ab­so­lute sweet­heart. Joel is hi­lar­i­ous. I worked with Joel years ago but I’d for­got­ten how funny he is. I don’t think I’ve met a nicer man than Keith in my life. He is so down to earth — a grounded, nor­mal Aussie bloke. Be­fore The Voice, Keith was more fa­mous in Aus­tralia for his mar­riage to Ni­cole Kid­man than his mu­sic. In Amer­ica he is such a su­per­star. It is bizarre that over here peo­ple talk of him as Mr Ni­cole Kid­man. She is at ev­ery show sup­port­ing him. It is re­ally lovely to watch — that you can be nor­mal liv­ing in this crazy fan­tasy world. We­have seen The Voice change the lives of con­tes­tants in­clud­ing Rachael Leah­car, Karise Eden and Lakyn Heperi ... The very first time I met the con­tes­tants was when I was sur­pris­ing them at home or their place of work with an in­vi­ta­tion to come to the blind au­di­tions. Quite of­ten I ended up spend­ing the rest of the af­ter­noon with them, get­ting to know their en­tire fam­ily. It is such a beau­ti­ful thing when you see th­ese peo­ple’s dreams be­ing re­alised.

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