HOSTING Carols in the Domain has sparked a friendly rivalry between Matt White and Natalie Barr.
First time Carols co-host White told The Guide that Barr, a Carols veteran, had been trying to stir him up, in the lead-up to the iconic holiday concert staged at Sydney's Domain.
"In interviews she's been saying 'wait until you hear Matt sing'," he said.
"She's trying to pick a fight, but I'm only half buying into it. She needs to know I'm crazy enough to do it. I know there's going to be a bit of stirring throughout the night."
All joking aside, White says he is looking forward to working with the "wickedly funny" newsreader.
"I get on with her like a house on fire. I would love to work with Nat all the time," he said.
The 30th anniversary Carols will feature 2012 X Factor winner Samantha Jade and finalist The Collective, the cast of Legally Blonde The Musical, The Ten Tenors, John Waters, Troy Cassar-Daley, Mark Vincent, Jay Laga'aia and Georgie Parker.
White says he is looking forward to all of the live performances.
"I've always had a wide appreciation of music from all genres," he said.
"I can sing along to a country music performer as much as an X Factor boy band. I just dig it all. When it's live and on that stage, it gets the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.
"You know how people stare at open fires and fall into a trance? I'm like that with every type of live music.
"Hopefully, I remember to do my job (laughs)."
Hosting Carols in the Domain is also a good excuse for White to stay busy over his holiday break.
"I'm on holidays but I'm not a very good holiday person," he said. "I need to keep active, so in the work sense of it, it's really good to keep moving. When I think about what's ahead, it's not really work."
It will be the first Christmas he and his family have spent on home soil for the past few years.
"We've had some wonderful experiences of white Christmas overseas, but there's nothing like being at home," he said.
"I'm looking forward to doing the Carols this year, with the kids. I've got two little girls and they've watched on tellie but never gone.
"There really is no White family tradition as yet, but... I'd love the Carols to be a Christmas tradition."
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