Dominic Bowden has been at the forefront of television in New Zealand for the past decade, becoming a Kiwi household name when he hosted NZ Idol. Currently based in California, Bowden has had the opportunity to work behind the scenes on The X Factor USA and knows the series well.
While in California, Bowden became the first Kiwi on US television to host a LIVE, prime time, network show, The Next Great American Band. This lead to appearances on the E! Channel, TV Guide Network, MTV, VH1, On Air with Ryan Seacrest and reporting LIVE from the Red Carpet of the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes; he’s graced the covers of magazines; and interviewed some of the world’s most recognisable faces, from Beyonce and Coldplay, to Will Smith and Johnny Depp.
Bowden grew up in Auckland, attending Sacred Heart College where he showed a strong interest in music. After completing a Bachelor of Communication at Auckland University of Technology, he landed a job hosting the Saturday morning children’s television show Squirt. His next break, and first experience in LIVE television, was co-hosting the late night music show Space.
After a stint as a radio host in Australia, Bowden returned to Auckland to host NZ Idol, as well as having his own nightly radio show on More Fm. He has appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Treasure Island: Series 1 and Shock Treatment; as well as hosting game-shows, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Dare To Win.
As for LIVE events, Bowden has hosted everything from the Qantas Film and Television Awards to the NZ Music Awards. In recent years, he's also plied his trade behind the scenes on shows such as The Voice, Supernanny, as well as Simon Cowell’s The X Factor.