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yourself – where did you grow up and what are your fondest memories of your childhood? A. I grew up in Melbourne in the North Western suburbs; I went to school around there and lived in a really lovely, warm community with really great neighbours and a great spirit around. I had a huge family, Sicilian on both sides so the gatherings were always enormous, so generally I had a pretty fantastic childhood.


tarting her career as seven year old on Australia’s longest running variety television show, Young Talent Time, Tina Arena has grown to become a household name, both in Australia and overseas. Having lived through the highs and lows of the music industry post-Young Talent Time, Tina shares how the industry and those within it have evolved over time, for better and worse.

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Q. Who was most influential in your life growing up? A. I’d have to say probably mum because we spent so much time 10

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With the first season of the revived Young Talent Time deemed a success, Helen Rosing gets a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Australian singer, songwriter, musical theatre actress and now TV host, Tina Arena.


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