DELTA GOODREM, NICKELODEON KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS
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!