Australia has a lot of love for Ronan Keating – we’ve practically adopted the Irish recording artist as one of our own. And he’s back on our shores (and screens) this month for Channel Seven singing show All Together Now. Keating heads up a panel of 100 music industry experts from across the country that will decide the fate of aspiring performers. Here, we quiz the muso on his pet hates, secret talents and more…
What do you love about discovering new singing talent?
“I think back to when I was 16 and auditioning for Boyzone. I was given an opportunity of a lifetime so it’s exciting for me to see people from all walks of life being given the chance to showcase their voices.”
How have you found it coming back to Australia to film?
“It’s no secret that I love spending time in Australia. It was made even more special this time as we had our baby Cooper with us to catch up with all his extended Australian family.”
Finish this sentence: I knew I was an honorary Australian when…
“The guy at the immigration desk said, ‘Welcome home, Ronan!’”
Name your go-to karaoke song…
“Faith – George Michael.”
What is your most prized possession?
“There’s no material thing in particular to be honest.”
What is your hidden talent?
“I like to cook!”
What about your guilty pleasure?
What is something not many people know about you?
“I held the Under 16 All Ireland 200m track record.”
What is one thing you are exceptionally good at?
“I’d like to think that might be singing!”
And one thing you’re not so good at?
Your fail-safe trick for throwing a great party?
“Good people. Good wine.”
Your in-flight essential?
“Noise cancelling headphones.”
What about your pet hate?
Your proudest moment so far?
“Watching my kids grow.”
All-time favourite movie?
The Breakfast Club.”
What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve made?
The cowboy hats in the 90s.
Finish this sentence: My first love was…
What is one thing that scares you?
What is your drink of choice?
What TV show are you currently binge-watching?
The last book you read?
“Ready Player One.”
What does your exercise regimen involve?
“Getting my heart rate up as fast as possible.”
Finish this sentence: It’s never too late to…