Dominic Bowden

Presenter

Since joining children’s TV show Squirt in 2000, Dominic Bowden’s jet-setting career has included time in the New Zealand, the United States, and Australian radio — plus three seasons hosting ratings-topper, NZ Idol. Signed to US agency William Morris Endeavor, Bowden broke into US broadcasting in 2007 as host of talent show The Next Great American Band, after relocating to Los Angeles. He then went behind the scenes on The X Factor USA, and in 2013 began presenting The X Factor (NZ). In 2017 Bowden began hosting the Kiwi version of dating show The Bachelor.

I said to them, 'Hey look, I can try an American accent', and they said 'Nah, we love it'. A lot of the auditions you go for here, they don't even call it an accent. They ask, 'Can you speak normally?'" Dominic Bowden on working in the United States, in a 2007 Sunday Star-Times interview