Surprise choice for new The Voice host
Sonia Kruger's replacement as The Voice Australia host has been announced.
The Channel 9 singing show will have not one, but two hosts anchoring the popular program this year, with Extra TV host Renee Bargh and former The Voice host Darren McMullen taking the stage.
The news comes after Kruger left the Nine Network at the end of last year and joined Channel 7.
Seven Network said Kruger would be hosting a new reality show Mega Mini Golf as well as becoming a judge on Australia's Got Talent.
Bargh, 33, who hails from Byron Bay, has been living in Los Angeles covering red carpet events and interviewing celebrities for Extra TV for a decade.
She will now be splitting her time between Australia and the US.
"I'm so elated, honestly, I've been wanting to come home for a very long time," Bargh told Today Extra this morning.
"This feels like the perfect job to be doing that. I couldn't be happier."
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Australia I’m coming home! I couldn’t be more excited to announce my new role as host of The Voice Australia @thevoiceau @channel9 alongside my friend @darrenmcmullen. This has been a long time dream of mine & I’m so thankful to @lisagregorischdempsey & @extratv for allowing me to take this opportunity. My goal has always been to split my time between LA and Australia & that’s exactly what I’ll be doing & I finally get to work with my sis @deltagoodrem ✌🏽
The same judges are reprising their roles this year, with Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Kelly Rowland and Boy George taking the red chairs.
Bargh is also close friends with Goodrem, but said she was backing all the coaches.
"Everyone keeps asking me 'whose team would you be on?' Please don't put me in that position. Delta all the way," she said.
"(But) I love all the coaches. Guy has been a really good friend for a long time. Kelly has become a new friend. I haven't met Boy George yet but I think we will get along great, and I've known Darren forever, so it feels like a family affair."
McMullen, 37, who recently appeared on Channel 10 singing contest The Masked Singer, was the host of The Voice when it first aired in 2012.