Sonia Melissa Kruger is an Australian television presenter and media personality, who has been a prominent figure in the media for over 20 years.
In 1992 Kruger came to prominence in her acting debut as "Tina Sparkle" in the AFI Award-Winning film Strictly Ballroom. She also served as a ballroom adviser for the film. This remains as Kruger's only acting role to date. Following Kruger's film debut she hosted the Children's Variety Show Wonder World on the Nine Network. Kruger has been an Entertainment Reporter for both Seven Network shows Today Tonight, Sunrise and 11AM. Kruger previously hosted the Morning Program on the Sydney-based radio station Mix 106.5 with Dancing with the Stars Judges Todd McKenney and Andy Grace.
In 2004 Kruger joined the Seven Network reality dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars, the Australian version of the UK BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing. She co-hosted the series with both Daryl Somers and Daniel MacPherson over the course of the eleven seasons in which she appeared. In September 2008 Kruger was confirmed to host the Seven Network makeover reality show 10 Years Younger in 10 Days. Despite high ratings for its series premiere, Seven Network did not renew the series for a second season.
In November 2011 Kruger announced she was leaving both Dancing with the Stars and Seven Network to pursue other opportunities. Kruger then signed a development deal with the Nine Network in November 2011. Kruger was confirmed to host her own daytime talk show Mornings with singer/actor David Campbell. The series was designed to replace Kerri-Anne which ended that same month. This new series premiered on 6 February 2012 (and continued into 2016, re-branded as Today Extra). Kruger was also announced to host Nine Network's reboot of the competition reality television series Big Brother Australia. Kruger replaced Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, who hosted the series on Network Ten in its eighth season, after which the show was cancelled in 2008. Big Brother Australia 9 premiered on 13 August 2012 On 22 February 2015, it was announced that Kruger would be joining the fourth series of The Voice Australia as a co-host with Darren McMullen.
In November 2017, Kruger was announced as a co-host of Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight alongside David Campbell. She replaced Lisa Wilkinson who resigned from the Nine Network. Kruger was replaced by Allison Langdon after defecting to the Seven Network.
In August 2018, Kruger was announced as a presenter on the Nine Network's new travel series Helloworld, which aired on 7 October 2018. But she, Lauren Phillips, Denis Walter and Steven Jacobs was replaced by Giaan Rooney as a presenter now on the Seven Network from series 2.
In November 2019, Kruger announced her resignation from the Nine Network, she hosted Today Extra for the last time on Friday 15 November. Seven Network CEO James Warburton confirmed her joining the network and announced that her roles will include hosting their upcoming reality show Mega Mini Golf (re-branded as Holey Moley), also will become a judge replacing Nicole Scherzinger on Australia's Got Talent. She also became a judge on the spin-off Australia's Got Talent: Challengers & Champions.
In February 2020, the Seven Network announced that Kruger would host a revival of Big Brother. In 2021, Kruger will again host The Voice, after Seven picked up the rights to the franchise following the Nine Network's failure to renew its contract with the show.