Tina Arena tipped to re-join Young Talent Time

By David Knox on December 3, 2011 / Filed Under News 11

Her showbiz career will come full circle if Tina Arena joins Young Talent Time as a judge.

In a sign of clever synergy, the Herald Sun reports Arena is tipped to become one of two judges on the revived talent show, to air in 2012 on TEN. A third guest judge would also join each week.

‘Tiny’ Tina Arena found fame as part of the YTT family before eventually forging success as an adult performer.

She remains a big advocate of creator Johnny Young, having inducted him into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Last year she told TV Tonight she wasn’t a big fan of talent shows where judging took priority.

“I was asked a question probably a few years ago about Reality TV and I sort of said ‘Reality TV is Reality TV….’ she said.

“They asked me a lot about these singing shows and I said ‘I don’t have a problem with people showcasing talent.’ I never have. I never will. Where I do have a problem is the judgemental aspect of it, because everybody does it,” she said.

Arena also defended her appearances on Australian Idol.

“I was mentoring, I wasn’t judging. It’s a very different thing,” she stressed.

“Mentoring is about someone who’s got experience, they’ve been there, they try to inspire people, to motivate them or give them pointers. But I’m not sitting there judging them.”

Update: Now confirmed. Arena tells the Sunday Telegraph: “It seemed logical to me [to sign on] and didn’t really require too much thought. The thing for me was that there was such purity in that show and there’s not a lot of purity left on TV these days,” said Arena, who spent six years on the show after joining as a seven-year-old in 1977.


  1. Bee December 11, 2011 at 9:08 am -

    nobody does it like our Tina!

  2. Derrick (Philippines) December 5, 2011 at 5:54 am -

    With all that Tina has already achieved as a celebrity, she would be a great addition to the show. She is an immense talent and evrybody knows it.

    Great to see her on board.

  3. Donald December 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm -

    Tina has such an amazing voice and she could have been a worldwide superstar, but her personality has got in the way. She’s really obnoxious.

  4. Newtaste December 4, 2011 at 11:38 am -

    Yep, “Cute little act. 5 points”.

  5. deedeedragons December 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm -

    Please not Tina.

  6. far2busy December 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm -

    Painful. Lacks a bit of self-confidence does our Tina…

  7. David Knox December 3, 2011 at 11:38 am -

    Mydoona: there were 3 contestants a week, judged on talent by Evie Hayes, Ron Tudor and various others. They were balanced by the YTT troupe. Check Wiki.

  8. Moanique in Brisbane December 3, 2011 at 9:43 am -

    Tina would be great as a judge. As I recall, judges on the original YTT were very encouraging and any criticism was very constructive. Tina is my favourite female singer :)

  9. Mydoona December 3, 2011 at 9:09 am -

    wait…..there are no judges on YTT…..it wasn’t a talent show…I hope they aren’t going to mess with it….it was about kids who could sing…singing their hearts out…I hope they aren’t trying to do a mini Australian Idol.

  10. Sheba Percy December 3, 2011 at 6:49 am -

    It would be fantastic to get as many originals back as possible, with a little tribute to Juanita Coco.

  11. Dodge December 3, 2011 at 5:12 am -

    Nice one. I like Tina :)

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