Wonderfully authentic and real, Shelly Horton, is a renowned and trusted voice in the area of pop culture, entertainment, women’s issues and health.
She knows how to present client messages but weave them into her own cheeky and honest delivery.
She knows what it takes to be a good MC.
Shelly currently appears on Channel Nine three times a week with regular segments on TODAY, TODAY EXTRA and Weekend TODAY. She is also a lifestyle presenter for 9Honey and co-host of TV chat show Talking Married.
She’s an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Pink Hope.
Her 25 year career highlights include 11 years reporting for the ABC, eight years as a presenter on Channel Seven, six years as a journalist at Fairfax and five years as the South Pacific correspondent for Entertainment Tonight USA.
She’s also been the host of Mamamia TV creating, researching and producing inspiring series such as Resilience. She is the co-creator and co-host of the wildy popular and controversial Things You Can’t Talk About On TV with Dr Ginni Mansberg.
Before that she was the co-host of healthyMEtv.com.au reporting on the latest health trends, exercise fads and medical breakthroughs.
She was a crime reporter on ABC Radio, newsreader on Triple J, health reporter on George Negus Tonight, panellist on The Glass House on ABC TV, hosted her own entertainment TV show in London and was a regular panellist on Channel Nine’s Today Show, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, 20-1 and The Catch-Up.
She then moved to print and worked as Editor-at-Large of S in the Sun Herald and national editor of Life&Style for smh.com.au.
She’s been a gossip columnist, entertainment writer and social pages reporter. In that time she attended 1500 events. It was her job to go to parties so she knows what it takes to be a good MC.
Her background in live TV means she’s super comfortable in front of a crowd.
She has been the MC and hosted Q&A sessions for large events such as movie premieres for over 1000 people to champagne lunches of 100 or beauty breakfast of just 40.
Shelly has a good sense of humour and can think on her feet. She knows how to relax a crowd or excite a group as needed. Her motto is the 5Ps (Prior Preparation Prevents Piss-poor Performance) so she’s always well prepared, well researched, arrives early and ensures the VIPs are made to feel special.
When it comes to keynote addresses Shelly’s happy to spill the beans and give behind the scenes accounts of some of the world’s biggest celebrities. She’s interviewed everyone from Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian to the Dalai Lama.
Having attended so many events throughout her career she can give groups tips on how to work a room like a pro and, just as importantly, extract yourself from dull conversations.
She has presented her key note speech “Bite off more than you can chew and chew like crazy” to the annual Women In Media conference as well to young up and comers at Macleay College and members of Little Girl Big Dreams.
An avid traveller, this country Queensland girl grew up in a town with a population of just 5000 but has now clocked up visits to 50 countries and loves sharing tales of her adventures.
Shelly is authentic, real and prides herself on being honest even on topics most shy away from including what seems to be the last female taboo – her choice to not have children. As she says: “I like children I just couldn’t eat a whole one.”
To book Shelly for your event, contact her through:
To book Shelly for your event, or any brand ambassadorship opportunities, contact her agent:
Simone Landes Talent Management
0416 528 702
If you want conservative, inside-the-lines, and predictable, then Shelly is not your woman. If you want the consummate professional with an edge and a quick wit who can deliver lots of fun and engagement in spades, then hire Shelly. We adore working with her and look forward to many more opportunities to do so in the future!
Emma Isaacs, Founder/Global CEO Business Chicks
We invited Shelly to come and give a motivational speech to 300 of our female staff with the aim of encouraging them to take up leadership roles. She was entertaining, informative and inspiring. She had everyone on their feet dancing one minute and deep in thought the next. The feedback from staff with phenomenal. We’re looking forward to using her at other events.
Kerry-Anne Walker, Flight Centre Travel Group
Shelly was our MC for our Melbourne Cup lunch at CHISWICK and was an impressive host. Shelly is a true professional and is able to manage any room with confidence and style. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her.
Matt Moran, Celebrity Chef
Shelly recently MC’d a Tourism WA launch event we held in Sydney and did a brilliant job for us. She was extremely professional to deal with and it was evident from the lines she delivered on the day that she’d spent time getting to know our product so she could speak authentically about it. Her friendly and entertaining presenting style lifted the event and we couldn’t have been happier with the result.
Sarah Turnbull, Destination & Events PR Executive, Tourism Western Australia
We were so excited to have Shelly on board as the MC of our conference. She was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout the entire process, she knew her stuff and she brought a never-ending enthusiasm to every aspect of the job. She was engaging and knew when to get down to business and when to inject some fun and humour into the event. It was great to see our attendees respond so positively to her and we couldn’t recommend her highly enough. Thanks Shelly!
Vicky Shepherd on behalf of Janssen Pharmaceuticals
We have partnered with Shelly a number of times and look forward to working with her in the future. Shelly has hosted several Triumph consumer workshops and internal staff events for us. She is fabulous! Captures the audience, has them engaged right from the beginning and creates a great atmosphere. Shelly is committed to her preparation and is an absolute pleasure to work with.
Alana Jones, National Marketing Manager, Triumph
We loved having Shelly host our MWN Opinionator Events. Not only did she understand client’s needs and objectives and that every event was unique, she took the time to really get to know the brands and clients we were working with. Shelly spent many hours carefully crafting scripts and ensuring clients felt they really owned the event. She also engaged our readers and really made them feel as though they were part of something unique, intimate and special.
Michelle Thomas, Head of Activations and Branded Content, Mamamia Women’s Network
Shelly co-hosted the Piper Heidsieck Champagne Lunch with me as part of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. She was well prepared and entertaining. We ran a fun game which involved audience participation and she spent time chatting to guests to make them feel special. There were lots of laughs. We immediately booked her for the event next year.
Darren Jahn, Robert Oatley Vineyards
From the moment she stepped up to the mic, Shelly has the audience eating from the palm of her hand. She brought the razzle dazzle we needed to kick things off and set the tone for a special night. After the film she chaired a panel discussion with some of the world’s leading experts in mind body medicine without batting an eyelid and making the whole discussion informative yet fun at the same time. I don’t know anyone else who could have pulled that off like Shelly.”
Shannon Harvey, Director, The Connection
Shelly Horton hosted the Newspaper of the Year Awards for the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association (PANPA) in Sydney. She was outstanding in every respect. Her preparation for the evening was thorough and while on stage, Shelly was confident, creating fabulous rapport with the audience of editors and journalists. Any event organiser using Shelly will have an intelligent and gorgeous host who will make sure their evening is a fabulous success.
Mark Hollands, Newspaper Publishers’ Association
I absolutely love working with Shelly – not only is she a hoot to work with, she brings with her so much fun, warmth and energy to our stage. If you’re looking for a professional MC with flare – Shelly is your woman!
Samantha Conway, Events Manager, Business Chicks
Shelly is a wonderful host, speaker and entertainer. We have not only used Shelly as part of our ongoing videos encouraging support for young people against anti-bullying, but also to host our film premiere event which sold out. Shelly came in prepared, kept the crowd laughing and when required, moved us emotionally. A true asset to any event.
Rami Mandow, The Community Brave Foundation