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DELTA GOODREM, NICK­ELODEON KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS

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Pre­sent­ing the Nick­elodeon Kids’ Choice Awards isn’t child’s play. Ex­cept when it is. This year’s host, Delta Goodrem, slimed Guy Davis in the nicest pos­si­ble way. Sure, some peo­ple might be thrilled that Ricky Ger­vais is host­ing next year’s Golden Globes or that Steve Martin and Alec Bald­win have been tipped to co-host the Os­cars in 2010.

But any­body who’s any­body will tell you that when it comes to pre­sent­ing awards, the most sought-af­ter gig around is the

Nick­elodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Af­ter all, what other cer­e­mony off ers the op­por­tu­nity to get coated in gal­lons of sticky green slime? ( Well, aside from the Lo­gies, that is.)

This year the host is none other than chart-top­ping singer-song­writer Delta Goodrem, who is ea­gerly await­ing the chance to let loose her in­ner child and have some fun along­side a wealth of pre­sen­ters, nom­i­nees and guests from Aus­tralia and over­seas.

Just be­fore re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne to host the Novem­ber 13 event, Goodrem took some time out of her song­writ­ing sched­ule in Nashville to talk about her big, slimy night. Delta, you’re clearly no stranger to ap­pear­ing be­fore large live crowds but how does the Nick­elodeon Kids’ Choice

Awards diff er? What’s the vibe from the au­di­ence like? The power of th­ese awards in ev­ery way comes from the kids. The Kids’ Choice Awards are en­tirely fan-voted, so the kids drive the show and there is just such a fun vibe from every­one in­volved. Every­one just wants to have a blast. The kids are there to see all their favourite stars, be en­ter­tained with some great mu­sic and wait for when the slime may strike. While you’ve ap­peared at the Kids’ Choice

Awards be­fore, and even won one, this is your first time host­ing. What do you have to keep in mind as host? I just keep think­ing up ideas and work­ing with the pro­duc­ers on some cool things. As far as nerves go, I like to chan­nel any nerves into pos­i­tive en­ergy on the night. I have some re­ally amaz­ing fans and I know they will be there to sup­port me and laugh, cheer and gen­er­ally go crazy.

Who else is ap­pear­ing on the night as pre­sen­ters, per­form­ers and co-hosts? Any­one you’re es­pe­cially looking for­ward to check­ing out? Do you still get starstruck at all? I will be this year’s host and ‘ ring­leader’ of all the fun but Joel and Benji Madden from

Good Char­lotte will be co-host­ing with me. As well, there’s Mi­randa Cos­grove from iCarly and some great mu­si­cal artists – Guy Se­bas­tian, Jess Mauboy and loads, loads

Goodrem: “ The power of th­ese awards in ev­ery way comes from the kids. They’re there to see all their favourite stars, be en­ter­tained with some great mu­sic and wait for when the slime may strike.”

more. I love meet­ing new peo­ple and catch­ing up with old friends, so I’m looking for­ward to hang­ing out with every­one and see­ing all the won­der­ful Nick­elodeon view­ers on Fri­day.

You’re cur­rently in the US – can you spill the beans, even just a few, about what

you’re do­ing over there and what we can ex­pect from you in the near fu­ture? Is your pri­mary fo­cus mu­sic or will you be giv­ing act­ing an­other run? Mu­sic is my back­bone and al­ways will be, so right now it’s been fun to re­turn to my first love of song­writ­ing. I have been work­ing with some amaz­ing peo­ple. Right now, it’s im­por­tant for me to keep all my en­ergy into my creative time – the time will come soon enough to talk mu­sic next year. Act­ing, that’s cer­tainly some­thing I am open to. And if the right role comes my way – and it doesn’t af­fect my mu­sic – then I will defi nitely try to do it.

Fi­nally, the most im­por­tant ques­tion when it comes to the Kids’ Choice Awards: have you been slimed be­fore? If so, what’s it like? Yes I have! And it was hi­lar­i­ously bril­liant. It was gooey and bright and just … well, slimy!

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