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THE VOICE HOST SO­NIA KRUGER TAKES US BE­HIND THE SCENES AT BLIND AU­DI­TIONS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SUZANNE SIMONOT

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.

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