THE LAST WORD... ‘ I was kind of ar­ro­gant … but it didn’t hor­ri­ble ’ oc­cur to me as any­thing


The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WATCH ON - WithTif­fanyDunk

“I WAS un­em­ployed, liv­ing in a for­eign coun­try and pay­ing rent out of my sav­ings when TheBach­e­lor Aus­tralia host­ing job ap­peared two years ago.

Stephen Tate, the net­work ex­ec­u­tive who gave me my job on Aus­tralianI­dol, asked if I would like to do it. And so for the sec­ond time in my ca­reer he’s put me on prime-time TV and given me a ca­reer again.

Light­ning doesn’t strike twice in my in­dus­try, so to have a sec­ond shot in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent for­mat is amaz­ing. I’m so lucky.

I first met Stephen in a strange lit­tle meet­ing room at Chan­nel 10 in 2003. At the time I was blond and crazy and hadn’t shaved in a week, I’d turned up in a T-shirt.

Greg Bur­ness, who was the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on Aus­tralianI­dol, re­mem­bers that first meet­ing. Ap­par­ently I walked in there, put my feet on the desk and said, ‘So, why should I come and be on your show?’

At the time, [ Idol co-host] James Mathi­son and I were on Chan­nel [V]. This was be­fore YouTube. We were the coolest of the cool kids. We were run­ning around the world with AAA passes on our neck at ev­ery fes­ti­val on the planet. We had bands’ phone num­bers, we were get­ting in­vited to pri­vate par­ties. That was the re­al­ity of our world.

I guess you could say I was kind of ar­ro­gant back then but at the time it didn’t oc­cur to me as any­thing hor­ri­ble. It was more like, ‘How could I pos­si­bly be do­ing a job that is cooler than the job I’ve got now?’

The launch of Idol was com­pletely bonkers. Thank­fully I’d had a bit of a warm up to get­ting recog­nised on the street, but for Idol it was just a whole other world. How did I deal with it? I just kind of held on with both hands.

It got a bit weird around 2006 when peo­ple would start to tackle me in the street. About one in 40 guys would come over and try to start a fight. I never knew what was com­ing my way. It got a bit fright­en­ing at that point.

But I have to say with that, a lot of it was my own at­ti­tude to­wards it. I pro­jected that energy on to peo­ple and so that’s what I got back.

Now, I’ve had a lot of stuff go on in my life so I try very hard to see it as a com­pli­ment and that’s what it is. Plus peo­ple tend not to run at me any­more which is nice.” THE BACH­E­LOR WED­NES­DAY AND THURS­DAY, 7.30PM, TEN

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