Sarah De Bono
Finds Fame Fun
"Just a couple of months ago I was your normal, average girl and now here I am!" the singer excitedly explains. "Everybody knows who I am and when I walk down the street you can spot me from a mile away! Life has changed so much for me."
So much so that she can't even pop down to her local cafe for a cheeky cuppa with friends without random people stopping her along the way. Even supermarkets are not off limits, not only because they've seen her on the show, but also because of that bright red hair!
"I was at Coles in Sydney near my apartment and I was just buying a toothbrush, and these girls came running up to me going 'Oh my god it's Sarah De Bono!'" she recalls.
"There I was just in the middle of the supermarket, taking pictures and signing autographs."
After the ratings bonanza that was The Voice, which captured over 3 million viewers for the finale, De Bono says she knows the attention comes with the territory — for the short term, at least. "I have to expect that people will know who I am," she adds.
Not that she hasn't tried to evade the attention of her newly-adoring public.
"It's funny that you ask that, I have actually. You know you put your hat and hoodie on, put your shades on and just try and keep a low profile," De Bono explains. "I've done that before, but even then people start looking at me and they're just like, 'Is it? Nooooo, it couldn't be'."
With the security of a weekly TV show thrusting her in front of millions of people, De Bono is now looking at life away from The Voice to the future, her album release and playing support to Kelly Clarkson, a task that she says is perhaps more daunting than performing on the finale of The Voice.
"Maybe Kelly Clarkson (is more frightening), I'm not sure," she admits. "It's going to be amazing and I can't wait to do the support for her. I'm very excited about that."
As for the hair, we have to ask the obvious question.
"There's no extensions," she admits. "It's all real!"