Even though she lives in France, Tina Arena seems to always be around. This isn’t a bad thing, as no matter what you may think of her musical stylings the woman can actually sing. Add to that she’s returning to Young Talent Time in 2012 as a judge/mentor and we may actually have someone who can offer real advice to up and coming talent. From the press release:

Network Ten is pleased to announce singing sensation and international superstar Tina Arena will join the Young Talent Time team once again – this time as a mentor and judge, when the iconic series returns to television in 2012.

This highly anticipated new incarnation of the original TV phenomenon will feature Tina Arena on Young Talent Time delivering her own blend of encouragement and critique to our pint sized talent quest contestants. As per the original series, a variety of performers, including singers, jugglers, dancers and musicians, will take part in the talent quest each week. Alongside the talent quest element will be performances from the core YTT cast, a team of ten outstanding young Aussie performers who will deliver a variety of group and solo numbers each show.

As a member of this illustrious cast from 1977-1983, Tina sang her way into the hearts of a generation, joining YTT as a seven year old with a bundle of personality and a vocal range to match. She quickly became a household name around the country and went on to forge a stellar international career with a string of number one albums. More recently she swelled the hearts of Australians when she joined Cadell Evans for an impromptu rendition of Advance Australia Fair on the winner’s podium at the 2011 Tour De France in Paris, where she now lives.

On returning to the show that launched her career, Tina said, “I am really excited to be coming back and being involved in the re-launch of Young Talent Time. It is the ‘original’ TV talent show format – it’s unique and iconic but it’s also typically Australian”. David Mott, Chief Programming Officer said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Tina Arena on YTT. She has inspired and entertained generations of fans and her advice and guidance for the contestants and cast will be invaluable. She is a born entertainer who is passionate about fostering young talent. What more could we ask for.”

Preparation for Young Talent Time kicked off in September with auditions for the cast and talent quest taking place around the country, resulting in a staggering 30,000 kids turning up in a bid to be part of the show. Tina will be joined by a second judge, who will be announced shortly, when Young Talent Time
hosted by Rob Mills, returns to TEN next year.

Young Talent Time is produced by Network Ten and Granada Media Australia.