Hot on the heels of her stunning appearance at the Logies, and after weeks of recording The Voice, Sonia Kruger is back in prime time as host of Nine’s top-rating reality series.eries.
With new coaches hes to get to know and play dateses to arrange with Kelly Rowland’s d’s son, Titan, and her own daughter, hter, Maggie, the Today Extra co-host -host is revelling in the fun and games on screen and off.
How do you think the first episode of The Voice cewent? went? I thought it was great. eat. It’s really funny because to me as it went on, the show just kept ept getting better and better. Then at the end they did the “thishis season, coming up on The Voice …” and I was glued to it, and d I was there. It’s got a great vibe to it and the coaches, it’s a reallyeally interesting dynamic. ic.
That battle between en Seal and Boy George looks ooks tense ... it’s great it’s ’s not the women for a change.hange. Exactly. That’s partt of what had me so intrigued d at the end. It’s interesting isn’t it because there’s probablybably always going to be creative differences, but for as much as there was that [tension] going on there was also a lot of fun. n. They’re quite cheeky and I think they’re going to push sh the envelope a little bit through this season.
Your role behind the he scenes, supporting the families milies waiting in the wings,gs, it must be an emotional one.ne. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, ollercoaster, it really is. Even withth the little girl on the first episode, sode, when I saw that she’d started rted crying, it broke my heart a little bit. Sometimes the kidss take it harder than the adults,ults, so I was so glad that she got to go out and meet Delta; then it became a happy moment. Sometimes I look at my own face, like when BoJessie started performing and no one quite knew what was going on and I’m like, ‘OK, so that’s what y you look like when you’re completely dumbstruck.” Note to self, work on that expression.
Besides Kelly Rowland and Boy George, this is the first year you’ve workedworked withwith Seal, right? Yeah. We had dinner before filming started at [Bondi restaurant] Icebergs and he was very reserved. He’s very well educated, very intelligent and I thought, ‘Oh wow, it might be hard to build a relationship with Seal.” But he’s got this really fun side. He’s very flirtatious, very charming and we laugh a lot together. As I do with George, but it’s for different reasons.
How have you found working with Boy George? I absolutely loved interviewing him … I adore him. I kind of want to be him and weirdly, I suspect, he wants to be me [laughs]. He’s just really a bit naughty and I think that’s probably why you like him too, Holly.
And what about the girls … there seems to be a more positive sisterhood between Kelly and Delta this year?
It would be so hard for it to be otherwise because Kelly is so warm and genuine. You get such a good vibe from her. Delta, as a result of being in a group that’s really fun, she’s having a great time.
I loved Hoseah in the first episode … do you have any other favourites we should look out for in the blinds? I do. Sam the farmer is one to watch. He’s so ocker and Seal was like, “I can’t believe you sound so different from how you sing,” and George was saying, “Are you saying he’s rough?”
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Sonia Kruger relishes the challenge of working on The Voice.