Fiona McDonald is an award-winning singer/songwriter who has built a reputation as one of New Zealand's best musical talents, and has more recently forged a career as a television personality.
2004 was a big year for McDonald, with her role as one of the three judges for the hugely successful NZ Idol. 2005 however has delivered an even greater challenge with Fiona taking on her biggest presenting role to date in the show "Ten Years Younger in Ten Days".
Throughout NZ Idol, New Zealand saw Fiona take on the role of both friend and enemy to the participants. It was this quality which got her the part of presenter on "Ten Years Younger" where a tough love policy is often needed.
Fiona's first love in the past has been on the musical stage, not on screen. Her work with The Headless Chickens, who had a No.1 single with 'George', a top 10 single with 'Cruise Control' and platinum sales for the album 'Body Blow' saw McDonald receive much critical acclaim.
McDonald has also been an integral part of the group, Strawpeople, whose album 'Broadcast' went platinum in New Zealand. The follow-up 'Vicarious' also went platinum and was voted Album Of The Year in 1996.
McDonald also released a successful solo album 'A Different Hunger', which features some New Zealand's top musicians including Greg Johnson, Jon Toogood, Tom Larkin, Victoria Kelly and members of the Auckland Philharmonia. The first single, 'Sin Again' reached No.7 in the charts.