I want people to get to know me ... like they did on Idol
Shannon Noll in the jungle before he entered the camp . Noll in his element on s tage (above); (right) the 200 3 Idol runner -up with winner Guy Sebas tian; and (f ar lef t) with wife R ochelle and their children Blake, Cody and Sienna in 20 12. ‘Wow, something is wrong here because the view hasn’t changed.’ ”
Noll got through the financial difficulties by touring on a shoestring budget, which gave him a new purpose.
“The actual act of doing the shows was more therapeutic than making any money out of them,” he says. “Just feeling that sense of accomplishment, with people still coming to the shows and I was singing good and the band was going well, that really pulled me out of that and put me back on track again. It gave me some sense of purpose, that there is still something worth fighting for.”
Fellow Australian Idol alumni Casey Donovan won the last season of I’m A Celebrity. Noll was asked to take part in the show on previous years but declined. For whatever reason, it wasn’t the right timing. his year, with his new album out, Noll is determined to make his comeback happen.
“I’ve been asked (to come on I’m A Celebrity) a few years in a row,” he says. “Last year I had a big tour already locked away and confirmed. I’ve always had a bit of an idea it would be interesting to do and everything fell into place really well this year.”
Noll so far has cruised his way through, getting along with everyone in the camp.
Where he might come unstuck is if tensions rise. “I am hopeless with it,” he says when asked how he deals with conflict. “It will boil up to a point where I don’t handle it that well. I sort of lose my temper with it. Instead of nipping it in the bud like I should, and handle it diplomatically, I play the silent treatment for a while and it eats away at me so you end up snapping a bit, especially with being hungry and detoxing and all of that.”
Noll and wife Rochelle are parents to Cody, 16, Blake, 15, and Sienna, 11. His eldest gave him some timely advice before he jetted off for his South African adventure.
“He goes, ‘Dad I need to talk to you … I wanna give you some advice.’ He said, ‘Don’t get caught up in conflict.’ He said not to argue and not to lose my temper because nobody likes people who do that and I’ll get voted out. He said to take the moral high ground with everything.”
While not great with heights and scared of the tucker trials, Noll’s biggest fear in the jungle is being away from his family.
“I’ve got Cody and Blake going to parties and that whole inner city teenage party thing can go horribly wrong,” he says.
“God forbid anything like that ever happens but especially when I’m away and I can’t do anything about it, that would give me a real feeling of helplessness. With any parent, that is the feeling they dread, not being able to do something about it, that is my biggest worry. I talked to them and told them not to do anything stupid. I also told them that if they’re at a party and their mum rings, answer the bloody phone because she’ll be pulling her hair out wondering where they are. Leaving her alone to do that by herself is a real hard thing to get my mind around.
“Having that piece of mind before going in was a really big thing for me.” The journalist is in South Africa covering I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! as a guest of Channel Ten.