THE VOICE HOST SONIA KRUGER TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES AT BLIND AUDITIONS
Sonia Kruger doesn’t mind her two-yearold daughter Maggie mistaking her for “every blonde lady” on TV. “She’ll point at every blonde lady on the TV and go ‘oh Mumma’,” Kruger says.
“I love it when she picks someone young and gorgeous – like when she sees Jen Hawkins and says ‘oh Mumma’.”
The Today Extra presenter returns to her “dream gig” next week, hosting Channel 9 reality talent search The Voice Australia. Global superstars Kelly Rowland and Boy George make their debut in red chairs for the new series alongside reigning champ Delta Goodrem and previous winning coach Seal.
“To me, it’s the Holy Grail of TV. Certainly production wise, it’s one of the best things I’ve seen on TV,” she says.
Kruger, who landed her first job as a reporter on Simon Townsend’s series Wonder World before rising to fame as Tina Sparkle in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, says competition between the coaches is already fierce.
“George is so naughty. He’s my kind of naughty,” she says with a cheeky wink. “He makes me laugh. “Kelly is divine. She emanates warmth and knowledge – we forget how much she has done in her life.
“She’s fierce, but she’s also one of the warmest people we’ve had on the show.
“Seal I haven’t worked with before, but what a flirt. He flirts with me. He flirts with everybody. He’s a real charmer. He’s super friendly and incredibly well brought up. And Delta – well, Delta is like a sister now.”
Kruger says the show’s blind auditions have already revealed friction.
“They are all very strong about their own views and sometimes that does cause a little bit of a clash,” she says.
“So far, it’s mostly been George and Seal. The boys are sitting at opposite ends of each other, so there’s a lot of that side eye going on.”
So exactly how jealous does Kruger’s Today Extra cohost David Campbell become this time of year when she heads off to have so much fun on his favourite show?
“If he is jealous, he’d never admit it. David’s part of the show anyway because he live Tweets throughout the whole thing. He’s almost like our fifth coach he’s so invested.”
The Voice Blind Auditions are on Channel 9 on April 24, 25 and 26 from 7.30pm.