Natalie Bassingthwaighte thinks she can host (and sing and act)

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This month, Australia’s own version

of So You Think You Can Dance announced its host,

Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Australian and British audiences know

Bassingthwaighte as Izzy from Neighbours and as the lead singer

of the Rogue Traders, but here’s a visual for everyone else:

Bassingthwaighte has done well for

herself with the new role, beating out other stars such as

Natalie Imbruglia for the position. There doesn’t appear to be word

yet
on the dance prize

for the Australian winner, but Bassingthwaighte is excited about the

prospects of the show, which is currently auditioning dancers and set

to air in 2008.

This month also saw the launch of the

new Rogue Traders new album Better in the Dark. If you’re not

familiar with the electro-pop style of the group, here’s a look at their

video for “Voodoo Child,” which, incidentally, was featured on a

Doctor Who
episode this year.

It’s appropriately Halloweenish for the

season: The disembodied face does creep me out a little, but Bassingthwaighte

translates into one of the hottest black and white drawings ever.





About her stage dress (of which I

am a fan), Bassingthwaighte comments:

    "It’s kooky — you can get away

    with anything. I’m sure a lot of fashionistas would say you can’t, but

    it’s not like I would wear those clothes down the street. It’s a costume for me, it’s like fancy dress or dress-ups

    when you’re a kid. You’re putting on a persona for the audience, which

    is exciting for the audience and something a bit different to your everyday

    life."

Bassingthwaighte’s upcoming projects

include trying to pursue a film career in Australia and in the U.S. IMDb.com lists her current project as Prey, set

to come out next year, in which a group of Australians stumble unwittingly

into an sacred —

but cursed —

Aboriginal site with a nasty 100-year-old curse.

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