Ahead of the new sea­son of So­nia Kruger re­flects on her stun­ning quar­ter-cen­tury in show busi­ness. By AMELIA SAW

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TV Guide To­day Ex­tra Won­der World! two years ago. Learn­ing on the job as a ju­nior news and en­ter­tain­ment reporter had its mo­ments, with Kruger con­fess­ing to one blooper which al­most cer­tainly would have gone vi­ral if it aired to­day.

“The hosts crossed to me in what I thought was the com­mer­cial break to check comms [ear piece and mi­cro­phone],” she ex­plains.

“[They said] ‘Hi, are you there? How you go­ing? And I said, ‘Bloody hot’. And they said, ‘Oh … re­ally? Why, what’s hap­pen­ing?’. And I said, ‘Oh, I don’t know. It’s bloody … I’m schvitz­ing out here’.”

Within sec­onds the direc­tor was in her ear, scream­ing: “WE. ARE. LIVE.”

In 2004, she would com­bine her ball­room ex­pe­ri­ence with her first prime-time role, co-host­ing Seven’s live tal­ent se­ries Danc­ing with the Stars.

Switch­ing chan­nels back to Nine in 2012, she showed off her pol­ished in­stincts for live TV and com­edy as the host of Big Brother, while build­ing an easy rap­port with David Camp­bell on Morn­ings (later re­branded as To­day Ex­tra).

She is soon to re­turn to prime-time as an­chor of sea­son six of The Voice, work­ing along­side this year’s stel­lar line-up of coaches in­clud­ing Delta Goodrem, Seal, Kelly Row­land and Boy Ge­orge.

Prov­ing there’s still plenty of Tina Sparkle in Kruger’s wardrobe choices, she says her flam­boy­ant style re­cently caught the eye of Cul­ture Club singer Boy Ge­orge. In a good way – at least, she thinks so.

“He said to me the other night, ‘Can I com­pli­ment you on your [bright yel­low] dress?,’ she says. “And I said, ‘Sure’. Then he went, ‘Be­cause it’s a com­mit­ment … isn’t it?’.” TUES­DAY, 8.30PM, TEN

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