Siri Avlesen-Østli (37) is a familiar face to many. This autumn, she was seen dancing on the floor in Skal vi danse, where she ended up in a strong third place together with her dance partner Tarjei Svalastog (23).
Later in the autumn, it became known that Avlesen-Østli is the new host of The Voice. The recording of the audition rounds was then combined with Shall we dance training and live broadcasts. This admits she took extra on.
The dream job
Siri Avlesen-Østli will lead the popular TV 2 program
The host, who has previously been both news and sports anchor and Good Morning Norway host, is now ready to take on what she describes as her dream job.
– It feels incredibly big, she tells TV 2.
– It has not fully dawned on me yet. I have long been a big fan of the program, so getting this job is really a dream come true, the 37-year-old continues.
She has in fact had a desire to enter the world of entertainment as a presenter.
– It was an arena I felt ready for. There are not many program manager jobs out there, so I hardly thought so when I got the offer, she says with a clear joy in her voice.
Avlesen-Østli adds that the program’s former host, Øyvind Mund (56), has been a great help both before and after the recording.
– I have received a lot of good advice and support from Øyvind. He has been doing this for many seasons, so it means a lot that he cheers on me, she brags.
Fainted before sending
At the same time as Avlesen-Østli got the dream job as The Voice presenter, she had to combine this with long dance training and live broadcasts on Skal vi danse.
Siri Avlesen-Østli reached the semifinals in Skal vi danse
– It was very demanding, and it was almost too much. My body was not so fond of me at that time. I drove it so hard, she says frankly.
– I had 15-hour days, so it was completely wild, she continues.
The 37-year-old can also tell of a frightening moment – she fainted before the penultimate live broadcast of Shall We Dance.
– It was very uncomfortable. There was a lot of pressure at once. I had to deliver on the floor, and also be on when we recorded The Voice, says the host.
After Shall We Dance and the recording for the music competition was finished, she was completely exhausted.
– I prioritize being sharp at work, and prioritize down sleep. But it just went!
– We had control over it, and at this point there was only one week left of Shall we dance.
She also brags about her colleagues in TV 2 and the team around her who took good care of her.
– TV 2 been very nice to me. After everything was done, I have had plenty of time to rest, sleep and relax with the family, the 37-year-old says.
She is now looking forward to a calmer spring.
– I can enjoy myself much more at work now when I have more profit.
Although the autumn was more demanding than expected, she is clear in her speech that it was worth it. Avlesen-Østli can tell that the best thing about the program manager job for the music competition is the magical moments she gets to be a part of.
– The best are the incredible moments when those participants come in and start singing. It feels like time is stopping – everyone is just sitting and yawning. And that joy when they move on. There are so many emotions, she explains.
– At first I thought like “are there more good people out there?”. And that’s it. They are so incredibly talented, she continues.
Therefore, it is also extra painful for her when she gets to see the singing talents get their dream shattered.
– I get so hurt by them, since they are very talented people. It is a question of such small margins, not the person or the talent, the 37-year-old explains.
– So when this dream breaks right in front of us, it is incredibly painful and horrible. But it feels good to be there – to be able to comfort them with a hug and some kind words.
Avlesen-Østli also feels well taken care of by the entire production, and the mentors she believes deliver even better this season.
– The mentors have become even better known, so the comments are loose. They do not hold back. And Matoma has not become any less sensitive – they are wonderful all the same, she explains.
The host also believes that viewers have every reason to look forward to the season that starts over the New Year.
– I can say that I am very impressed with the level of those who participate. Viewers will get to know talented, warm and good people who are easy to fall in love with, she concludes.
The Voice premieres on TV 2 and TV 2 Play on January 7 at 20.