FUN & GAMES
WHY SHANE JACOBSON HAS NO INTENTION OF ACTING HIS AGE
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.