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Kate Ritchie reveals why she was nervous about becoming a judge on Australia’s Got Talent

Kate Ritchie reveals the surprising reason why she was nervous about becoming a judge on Australia’s Got Talent

Kate Ritchie has confessed she was nervous to take on the role as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent. 

The Home And Away star, 44, joined the Channel Seven reboot this year alongside fellow celebrity judges Shane Jacobson, British pop star Aleesha Dixon and comedian David Walliams. 

‘I definitely had the jitters,’ she told TV Week magazine of her decision to join the panel. 

Kate Ritchie, 44, (pictured) has admitted she was nervous about becoming a judge on Australia’s Got Talent this year – but not for the reason fans might expect 

Kate, who has never judged a talent show, said she was nervous about being the only celebrity on the panel who has never judged a talent competition. 

‘The nerves weren’t about being back in front of a camera though, it’s something I grew up doing,’ she explained. 

‘I was nervous about being the newbie, the rookie judge. It was a whole new experience for me and a kind of television I’ve never done before.’

The Home And Away star joined the Channel Seven reboot this year alongside fellow celebrity judges Shane Jacobson (left), British pop star Aleesha Dixon (second left) and comedian David Walliams (right)

The Home And Away star joined the Channel Seven reboot this year alongside fellow celebrity judges Shane Jacobson (left), British pop star Aleesha Dixon (second left) and comedian David Walliams (right) 

'I was nervous about being the newbie, the rookie judge. It was a whole new experience for me and a kind of television I've never done before,' Kate said. Pictured on Home and Away with late co-star Heath Ledger

‘I was nervous about being the newbie, the rookie judge. It was a whole new experience for me and a kind of television I’ve never done before,’ Kate said. Pictured on Home and Away with late co-star Heath Ledger

Kate noted that the other judges showed her the ropes, making her transition into the judging seat much easier

Kate noted that the other judges showed her the ropes, making her transition into the judging seat much easier

Kate noted that the other judges showed her the ropes, making her transition into the judging seat much easier. 

‘I was in good supportive hands and they really welcomed me into the fold,’ she said. 

‘It was actually a really nice collaborative experience. I enjoyed every minute of it.’ 

Shane has previously judged shows like Australia's Got Talent, while Aleesha and David were both judges on Britain's Got Talent

Shane has previously judged shows like Australia’s Got Talent, while Aleesha and David were both judges on Britain’s Got Talent

Shane has previously judged shows like Australia’s Got Talent, while Aleesha and David were both judges on Britain’s Got Talent. 

Kate and her fellow AGT judges filmed the show’s season finale at Sydney’s Riverside Theatre last month.

The TV talent competition, which is returning to screens after a three-year hiatus, will air on Channel Seven later this year.

Kate grew up in front of Australian television audiences after first appearing as Sally Fletcher on Home and Away aged nine in 1988.

The former soap star was previously married to retired NRL player Stuart Webb, with whom she shares a daughter, Mae, eight. 

The former soap star was previously married to retired NRL player Stuart Webb, with whom she shares a daughter, Mae. (They are pictured here in Sydney on January 11, 2019)

The former soap star was previously married to retired NRL player Stuart Webb, with whom she shares a daughter, Mae. (They are pictured here in Sydney on January 11, 2019)

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