At the recent Cleo party, Sharri Markson alluded to you giving the models trouble during your shoot. Can you elaborate on that?
“I think she was just trying to be funny.”
Who do you think is your biggest competition? I was wondering if you have a particular rivalry with Luke Jacobz, not just with Bachelors but with the whole host-of-a-successful-singing-show thing?
“Well, no. No. I mean, that would be a little bit unfair, wouldn’t it? It would be like playing in the premiership and feeling competition from someone who was in the fifth division, really. I mean, The X Factor and The Voice ratings aren’t really on the same par, are they? No, I’m just joking. Me and Luke are actually very good friends, so not at all. There are so many slots on Australian television for big shows, and it’s better for everybody in my industry if shows are continuing to have success.
“The worst thing we want is for only one network and one show to be successful, because it’s not progressive for the industry. In this day and age there’s so many people going to the internet for all their viewing, and TV numbers are dwindling. So whenever I see a TV show doing well, I’m very happy as a host. I’m not just hosting The Voice, I’m doing other shows as well, so the more people watching TV, the better it is for everyone. I just wish in Australia they didn’t put all the good shows against each other. I think they’ve got to realise that TV and other networks aren’t the enemy — it’s the internet. The networks have to work better together, in this country, and position their shows throughout the week so they don’t clash. What’s the point in getting 2 million people watching and beating a rival network by a couple hundred-thousand, when you could get an extra million people watching that show? That’s the only unfortunate thing.”
So who do you think is among your top competition here?
“Looks-wise, I think that guy off The Shire [Mitch Dean] is pretty hot, isn’t he? He’s a good-looking guy. Luke Jacobz, because not only is he good-looking, but he’s actually a nice guy. He’s like a triple threat: successful, nice and good-looking. Maybe he’s too nice, and you’ve gotta wonder about people who are too nice — there might be a few skeletons in the closet there, I’d imagine. Scott Tweedie — he’s a bit charming, isn’t he? And tall, dark and handsome. So them, probably.”
What’s your campaign strategy?
“I’m getting all the coaches and their 10 million-odd combined following, tweeting away. Worldwide. Votes will be coming in from all over Puerto Rico, Australia, America and Russia. That is my aim — to crash the internet. As long as they’re not talking about my hair.”