Efron to host Aussie Kids Choice nods


SYDNEY -- "High School Musical" star Zac Efron has been tapped as a host of the Down Under version of the Kids Choice Awards, Nickelodeon Australian general manager Katrina Southon said Monday.

Efron will co-host the Oct. 10 event with Australian band the Veronicas in Sydney.

Efron is "extremely popular with Aussie kids, and his involvement demonstrates the high caliber of local and international talent clamoring to be a part of our show," Southon said.

The Nickelodeon event will be Efron's third major Australian appearance in a month, following his appearance at the premiere of "Hairspray" in Sydney on Sept. 5 and the Sept. 22 debut of the record-breaking "High School Musical 2" on Disney Channel Australia.