Young star delighted to drop The Voice subterfuge

ROBBIE ANDERSONWHEN Robbie Anderson comes to Newcastle as part of The Voice Kids school holiday spectacular next weekend, he won’t have to make an excuse for where he’s going.
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It will be a welcome change for the 13-year-old, who had to invent elaborate stories for his friends when he auditioned for the The Voice Kids early this year and travelled to Sydney from his native Perth for auditions and eventually to record parts of the show.

“That was the worst part of it all,” Anderson tells Weekender.

“You have to make up something about where you’re going, so I had to say I’m going to Sydney on a holiday the first time, then on the fourth time, they obviously started getting suspicious, so I just kinda winged it really.”

The smoke and mirrors was worth it in the end.

His first appearance on The Voice Kids launched Anderson into the headlines, with his voice, cheeky banter and charisma during the blind auditions impressing far more than Mel B, who offered to mentor him and Delta Goodrem, whom he eventually chose as his mentor.

“I was actually just emailing her last week,” Anderson says from his home in Perth as he got ready to go to school.

“Having Delta as a mentor was honestly unbelievable. She’s such a talent and been across the world for what she does, so to work with her face to face is a dream come true,” he said.

Even after he was eliminated in the sing-off portion of the show, he says he’s kept touch with other contestants.

He looks forward to reuniting with them for the tour, which drops in at the Civic Theatre next Saturday, September 27.

Anderson will host the show alongside special guest Harrison Craig, who won The Voice in 2013, and may sing his signature song, Hey Soul Sister, as well as taking part in group songs.

The two will be joined by 10-year-old Alexa, who won the series, plus Ethan, Maddison, Ruhi, Chris and Bella, for a two-hour spectacular.

“To get back together and tour Australia and sing some songs together, I can’t wait for that,” he says.

And though his schedule has been hectic since he became a household name, Anderson says he loves it. After the tour is over, he’s headed back to school in Perth, but he promises Australia won’t get rid of him that easily.

“I want to be a singer, presenter and an actor. I want to be in the acting business,” he says.

“So I don’t know where I’m going from here, but you’re definitely not going to see the last of me after The Voice.”