Sonia Kruger

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - HOLLY BYRNES NA­TIONAL TV ED­I­TOR

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.

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