Sonia Kruger will join the judging panel of Australia’s Got Talent, Seven has confirmed.
CEO James Warburton confirmed Kruger’s role to the Sunday Telegraph -their first official confirmation she is joining the network. Her name has been rumoured in numerous media stories since news broke of her network switch.
She will also host Mega Mini Golf (working title) to be filmed on the Holey Moley set in the US. Sources previously tipped the show would fall into line with the same title for Australia, once some legalities had been sorted locally.
But Kruger is not expected to host Big Brother, although Warburton has kept Seven’s options open.
“Everyone just assumed that’s what Sonia would be doing and she’d love to do it but we just need to work through that,” he said.
She will also be part of the Tokyo Olympics coverage for Seven.
MKR chef Manu Feildel is not expected to return to AGT.
Nine is yet to confirm its replacement hosts for Today Extra and The Voice following Kruger’s sentimental departure.
The Seven Network today announced that Sonia Kruger is returning to the network in 2020. Sonia’s considerable experience with live television audiences will be on display as a judge on the ultimate talent showdown, Australia’s Got Talent: The Champions, and as host of the international family blockbuster, Mega Mini Golf. Sonia will also be part of Seven’s broadcast team for Tokyo 2020, projected to be the biggest broadcast and digital event in Australian history.
Commenting on the announcement, Seven West Media Managing Director and ChiefExecutive Officer James Warburton, said: “Sonia is without a doubt a superstar and one of the best television talents in Australia. I speak on behalf of the entire Seven team when I say that Sonia was the one that got away. To say we’re thrilled to be welcoming her home as a judge for AGT: The Champions, as host of Mega Mini Golf, and as a member of our team for Tokyo 2020, is an understatement.”
Sonia previously featured on Seven, as co-host of Dancing with the Stars and as Entertainment Reporter for Sunrise and Today Tonight.
She said: “I’m beyond excited to be returning to the network where I first discovered my love of live television and family entertainment. With the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo and a slate of brand new prime time shows Seven is the place to be. I feel privileged to be joining James and the team for what’s going to be an exhilarating ride.”
Australia’s Got Talent: The Champions, Mega Mini Golf, and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, all featuring Sonia Kruger, will air on the Seven Network in 2020.