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Aus­tralia’s big­gest kid, Shane Ja­cob­son, will make his host­ing de­but on Chan­nel Seven’s new­est tal­ent show, Lit­tle Big Shots. But it’s not your av­er­age tal­ent show, lim­ited to singing or danc­ing in the name of fame or a ca­reer on stage.

It’s for kids only and you can do any­thing – and they mean any­thing.

“There are no judges, no com­pe­ti­tion,” Shane says.

“You can’t pit them against each other be­cause they’re all so dif­fer­ent.

“In the US there was a girl that went on the show be­cause she has a duck as a best friend.

“The whole show to be hon­est, as a par­ent, I love the fact that they’re not pit­ted against each other. I love it be­cause they’re all so unique.”

Most of us were eat­ing dirt and bat­tling bed-wet­ting when we were the same age as the kids tak­ing to the stage.

Shane has no con­fi­dence that lit­tle Shane would have made the cut.

“I don’t think I’d get on it, I wouldn’t be good enough,” he says, laugh­ing.

“When I was 10 I thought I was pretty tal­ented for putting my fork in my mouth or drink­ing with­out spilling on my­self or ty­ing my shoes.

“Hon­estly I don’t know what I did for the first 10 to 15 years of my life.

“I had to wait un­til I was old enough to host it, I just hung around en­ter­tain­ment long enough and acted like a child.”

While Shane has the host­ing cri­te­ria nailed, he can’t claim own­er­ship rights over the show’s premise.

“The idea ac­tu­ally came from Ellen DeGeneres’ show, when she’d have kids she found on the in­ter­net per­form on the show,” he says.

“Sud­denly it wasn’t ‘Have you seen that new Ge­orge Clooney movie?’ it was ‘Did you see that amaz­ing lit­tle kid on Ellen?’

“Then the TV show came from de­mand, be­cause there were so many amaz­ing lit­tle tal­ents.

“It wasn’t for com­pe­ti­tion it was just ‘You’ve gotta see what this kid can do’.”

In the age of the in­ter­net, whether on na­tional tele­vi­sion or not, ev­ery­body is only one poorly timed blun­der away from be­ing “that” per­son for the rest of their lives.

But we’re also in an era where ev­ery­one gets a par­tic­i­pa­tion rib­bon or points for try­ing.

Shane says he’s not against com­pe­ti­tion at all, but it’s sim­ply not the na­ture of the show.

“I have noth­ing against shows that put kids in com­pe­ti­tion,” he says.

“Life is com­pet­i­tive. There are cer­tain types of com­pe­ti­tion that are in­tended to im­prove skills, like sports.

“You com­pete to chal­lenge your­self and bet­ter your skills.

“But this is pure en­ter­tain­ment, its aim is to be en­joyed.”

The per­for­mances – what­ever they may be – make up a large por­tion of the en­ter­tain­ment, but don’t as­sume the couch chats are a for­mal­ity.

The per­fect host, Shane doesn’t have to put on an act to re­late to the kids, and in turn they see him as one of them. Cute comedy gold en­sues.

“The other great thing is you don’t know where it’s go­ing to go when we sit on the couch and have a chat,” he says.

“Imag­ine the free­dom I’m given – I’m not a par­ent, they can do no wrong.

“We don’t know what they’re go­ing to say.

“The thing is, you’ve got com­mon ground but then it just steers off and be­fore you know it you’re not talk­ing about any­thing to do with it all.” Lit­tle Big Shots pre­mieres Sun­day at 7pm on Chan­nel Seven

Shane Ja­cob­son will host Chan­nel Seven’s new kids’ tal­ent show, Lit­tle Big Shots, which doesn’t in­volve judges or a com­pe­ti­tion.

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