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Kate Ritchie reveals her big fear joining the Australia’s Got Talent judging panel: ‘You can’t force a reaction’

Kate Ritchie made her judging debut on Australia’s Got Talent last weekend. 

And while the former Home and Away star, 43, appeared right at home alongside her fellow judges David Walliams, Shane Jacobson and Alesha Dixon, Kate has revealed she actually had fears about how she would be perceived on the show. 

Speaking to 7Entertainment, the Nova FM radio star revealed she ‘worried’ she would be ‘a bit of a fence-sitter’ rather than making definite decisions as a judge. 

Kate Ritchie, 43, has revealed she was scared about being perceived as a 'fence-sitter' rather than making definite decisions ahead of joining the Australia's Got Talent panel. (Pictured with co-judge David Walliams)

Kate Ritchie, 43, has revealed she was scared about being perceived as a ‘fence-sitter’ rather than making definite decisions ahead of joining the Australia’s Got Talent panel. (Pictured with co-judge David Walliams) 

However, Kate said she quickly realised ‘you can’t fake the reaction’. 

‘If you love an act you know that within the first few seconds – there are some that catch you out and surprise you – but it’s you there under the lights just as much as the acts themselves and you can’t force a reaction,’ she explained. 

Kate also credited her fellow host Alesha Dixon for teaching her ‘how not to be frightened to say what you think’. 

'If you love an act you know that within the first few seconds - there are some that catch you out and surprise you - but it's you there under the lights just as much as the acts themselves and you can't force a reaction,' she explained

‘If you love an act you know that within the first few seconds – there are some that catch you out and surprise you – but it’s you there under the lights just as much as the acts themselves and you can’t force a reaction,’ she explained  

It comes after Kate showcased her emotional side during the premiere of Australia’s Got Talent. 

The mother-of-one was visibly moved as she watched an act involving fathers and their daughters.  

Kate spoke to the young girls, aged two to six, as they prepared to perform onstage in ballet tutus and crowns.   

Kate also credited her fellow host Alesha Dixon for teaching her 'how not to be frightened to say what you think'. AGT (judges pictured L-R David Walliams, Kate Ritchie, Alesha Dixon, Alesha Dixon)

Kate also credited her fellow host Alesha Dixon for teaching her ‘how not to be frightened to say what you think’. AGT (judges pictured L-R David Walliams, Kate Ritchie, Alesha Dixon, Alesha Dixon) 

‘Hello girls welcome to the stage,’ Kate cooed. ‘Is this all of you? We’re just starting with the four of you?’ 

As the girls danced alongside their fathers, to the sweet surprise of the studio audience, Kate was blown away. 

The ballerinas moved and swayed to the Mariah Carey classic hit, Hero, often times ‘leaning’ on their dad. 

It comes after Kate showcased her emotional side during the premiere of Australia's Got Talent. The mother-of-one was visibly moved as she watched an act involving fathers and their daughters

It comes after Kate showcased her emotional side during the premiere of Australia’s Got Talent. The mother-of-one was visibly moved as she watched an act involving fathers and their daughters  

The TV star later told the act how impressed she was with them, saying: ‘That was absolutely beautiful, thank you for filling our hearts.’ 

The children’s author then joked with the girls about the surprise: ‘You girls are very cheeky as you kept a very big secret. 

‘We didn’t expect all of these handsome dads to come out on stage. It must be lovely to be up there with your beautiful daughters.’

'We didn't expect all of these handsome dads to come out on stage. It must be lovely to be up there with your beautiful daughters,' Kate said on the show

‘We didn’t expect all of these handsome dads to come out on stage. It must be lovely to be up there with your beautiful daughters,’ Kate said on the show

‘I always knew those things would connect with me, but it was a lot of the other acts that I felt really emotional about that surprised me.’

Ritchie confesses that when audiences see her finally reach for her Golden Buzzer, it was for an act that surprised her.

‘Let me tell you my biggest reaction is yet to come, and I can tell you it’s going to happen sooner rather than later!’ the star says.

Australia’s Got Talent continues Sunday 7pm and Monday 7.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Australia's Got Talent continues Sunday 7pm and Monday 7.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Australia’s Got Talent continues Sunday 7pm and Monday 7.30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

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