‘OUR SHOW EM­BRACES DI­VER­SITY’ Why Ju­lia Zemiro loves ‘All To­gether Now’

The Aus­tralian TV host talks to WHO about why her new show ‘All To­gether Now’ is so spe­cial and her love of ABBA

WHO - - Content - By Lauren Irvine and Zoe Bur­rell

She’s best known for her roles host­ing in­ter­na­tional singing com­pe­ti­tion Euro­vi­sion and mu­sic trivia se­ries

Rock­wiz. Now, French-born TV pre­sen­ter Ju­lia Zemiro is grac­ing our screens once again, this time as the host of All To­gether Now – Aus­tralia’s new­est singing con­test, with a twist. “Nor­mally I’m not a fan of big singing shows,” Zemiro con­fesses to WHO. “But this one is about you com­ing out and en­ter­tain­ing that crowd and that’s it.”

Af­ter be­ing in the busi­ness for a while, Zemiro says she knows the tricks con­tes­tants play on other singing com­pe­ti­tion shows. “What frus­trates me in ev­ery sea­son is that peo­ple learn the tricks – to sur­vive on [ Aus­tralian] Idol or in the

Big Brother house,” the 51-year-old re­veals. “Peo­ple’s lives and sad long sto­ries come into it to and then you go, ‘ hang on, are you try­ing to ma­nip­u­late me?’”

The host says the show skips the sad back sto­ries and goes straight to the singing. “Some­one comes out and you don’t know what they are go­ing to do,” Zemiro ex­plains. “I didn’t watch any re­hearsals so I was get­ting the full im­pact.” Not only does she get to see these per­form­ers take the stage, but she gets to do so along­side Ir­ish na­tive Ro­nan Keat­ing – who she says she’s en­joyed watch­ing in the past. Zemiro adds, “It’s un­real to work with him.” An­other thing that sets the show apart, says Zemiro, is the wide range of con­tes­tants. “The di­ver­sity is in­cred­i­ble. You will get every­thing from dif­fer­ent ages to dif­fer­ent sex­u­al­i­ties, dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic and some who dance and some who don’t. When I look at those 100 and the con­tes­tants, well, those are the peo­ple around me in Aus­tralia. That made me re­ally happy be­cause I want to see more of that on TV.” When it comes to her own taste in mu­sic, Zemiro has a favourite. “ABBA, full stop, end of sen­tence,” Zemiro says. “I’ve al­ways loved them, I’ve al­ways been a fan.” Rem­i­nisc­ing about her child­hood, Zemiro says she first fell in love with ABBA at the age of seven. “When we came to Aus­tralia from France my dad missed a lot of the mu­sic you would get there and so did my mum,” Zemiro tells WHO. “When ABBA came out, I knew they were from Europe and when they sang in English they just sounded like an­gels to­gether.” Be­ing born in Europe gave the pre­sen­ter an in­ter­est­ing up­bring­ing. “I was born in France but my mum is Aus­tralian and my dad is French,” Zemiro ex­plains. “I ba­si­cally grew up in Aus­tralia but I went to an all-french pri­mary school. Every­thing was done in French, then out in the play­ground we spoke in English.” In 2009, Zemiro be­gan host­ing the Aus­tralian broad­cast cov­er­age of Euro­vi­sion, which would see her child­hood dream of meet­ing ABBA come true. “I went to the ABBA mu­seum in Stock­holm and met them. Agnetha Fält­skog wasn’t there but meet­ing Benny, Bjorn and Frida on the red car­pet and at a press con­fer­ence was amaz­ing!”

The Swedish pop group may be her favourite band, but Zemiro con­fesses that her go-to party mu­sic is “vin­tage Tina Turner.” While the mu­sic show host has be­come ac­cus­tomed to a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic and loves most gen­res, there’s one thing she can’t stand. “I never need to hear auto tune again, if I hear it on the ra­dio I turn it off straight away,” Zemiro re­veals. “I want to hear kinks in the voice be­cause it’s the hu­man body mak­ing a hu­man sound.” Now, the host is ex­cited for her new en­deav­our on set of All To­gether Now and says view­ers have a lot to look for­ward to. “I think hav­ing 100 dif­fer­ent judges is the real point of dif­fer­ence,” Zemiro says. “You are go­ing to get to meet quite a few and fall in love with them.”

“If I hear auto tune on the ra­dio I turn it off straight away”

Back­stage on the set of All To­gether Now.

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