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The X Factor Australia – This Is My Favourite Audition

Everyone was raving about fifteen year old Erin Miranda on Wednesday night’s show with her pitch perfect vocal range as she knocked out the Jennifer Hudson classic And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, but for me Sydnee the 16 year old captivated me with her audition, see below.


Also here is Erin Miranda’s audition as well.

July 25, 2014   4 Comments

The Amazing Race Australia Starts Monday 4th August And The Contestants Are

Fans of The Amazing Race Australia will pleased to know the new series will start on Monday 4th August on SEVEN.

What is not so pleasing is that it will start after The X Factor finshes at 8.45pm. Let’s hope The X Factor finishes on time as it will be a late night indeed.

I was hoping for the more family friendly  7.30pm Thursday timeslot, but maybe the powers that be think it will fare better there.

This season it is Australia versus New Zealand.

The contestants are (taken from the official website):

Newlyweds from Victoria, Ashleigh (27) and Jarrod (28), recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversary. They’re traditional in their views and values – Ashleigh enjoys fulfilling her wifely duties and Jarrod is a man’s man. Both enjoy holidaying on the Gold Coast and with their blonde hair are often mistaken for locals. Their overseas travel is limited to short stints in Europe and the USA.  They look fit as they have both entered triathlons.

Sally (33) was born in Tokyo and Tyson (38) grew up on a farm in regional WA. It was love at first sight when Tyson met Sally at a Perth bar four years ago. The visually arresting couple now live together in Perth with their two whippets, Nitris and Rokit, and are absolutely besotted with each other. “Sally’s beautiful on the inside and out,” says Tyson. Sally says: “Tyson is the most incredible person I’ve ever met.” Sally is a Locum Veterinarian and Tyson is a personal trainer. The duo bonded over their love of fitness.
Cat (38) and Jesse’s (36) lives revolve around their ever-changing family. “We have three children, Michael (13), Carmel (10) and Joel (8); and Freckles the cat who is more like a miniature lion; and we occasionally have foster children and by occasionally we mean most of the time,” says Cat.They met 21 years ago. He was also on NZ Idol.
Elizabeth (50) and Todd (25) are the first mother/son team to compete in the Australian production of The Amazing Race. Todd came up with the idea to apply, although Elizabeth is still unsure of their pairing. “There’s a bet on to see whether we have an argument between home and the airport,” she jokes.
Todd has an Economics degree and a Law degree and is the National Marketing Manager for True Grit, a military style obstacle challenge. Elizabeth is an Academic; she has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies and Architecture, which she teaches and researches. Like many teams they share a love of travel. Todd spent a year studying at Berkeley University in California and has also lived in South Africa on a cricket contract for a year.
Daniel (28) and Ryan (32) met while working in the Intensive Care Unit of a trauma hospital in NSW six years ago and quickly struck up a friendship. The personable pair claim their professional skill set as their biggest strength. “We work in tense situations where our level of communication and efficiency remains good, clear and professional,” says Ryan. Daniel adds: “You’ve got to have a sense of humour when you’re a nurse. We‟re used to working with a whole range of different people and being sensitive to emotional and tense situations.” Ryan is a perfectionist when it comes to planning and is used to micromanaging patients in critical conditions. He admits he’s going to be out of his comfort zone on the Race. Daniel prefers to go with the flow and hopes his spontaneous and easy-going nature will set the right tone when facing the unknown and unexpected.
Aston (32) and Christie (35) met while living in New York in 2006. Both are huge fans of The Amazing Race. Aston, who is currently researching parapsychology and consciousness, is a single mum to her three-year-old son, Seth. She says she is a “mystery school initiate” and spends a lot of time in meditation. Christie does a whole range of things, including writing, comedy and life modelling, and considers herself an entrepreneur. Both have psychology degrees and performing arts qualifications and lay claim to a contstant intellectual curiousity.
John (35) and Murray (35) – or Raspberry and Coke, as they call themselves – met in their final year of boarding school, while John was on a soccer scholarship and Murray on a rugby scholarship. The retired professional footballers shared a stint in Hong Kong together, but have spent most of their careers living and working in separate cities around the world. They’re relishing this opportunity to focus on their friendship and hopefully nab a victory in the process. “We believe we’ve got enough skills, fitness and ability to win this, so we have to focus on that. This is our team and our journey,” says John. Murray currently works in the civil infrastructure rebuild of Christchurch – or as John puts it, “he’s doing God’s work in this world”. John manages professional athletes – or as Murray puts it, “he’s the black Jerry Maguire”.
Carla (37) has been with her husband for 19 years and they have two children under the age of 12. Hereni (43) has been with her husband for 18 years and they have three children under the age of ten.
Their team motto is “Kia Kaha”, which is a Maori phrase meaning “be strong”. They’re incredibly proud of their heritage and will be flying the flag for everyone back home. “We hope to empower Maori women; we want them to be proud of us,” says Hereni. The pair quickly became friends after meeting five years ago when Hereni started Zumba classes at Carla’s dance school, after the birth of her third child. They socialise together a lot and recently took their families on a Zumba cruise around the Pacific Islands.
Emily (24) and Jono (26) grew up in a tightknit family in Christchurch, the youngest two of four children.
According to Jono, he and Emily are the ultimate all-rounders and will be the smiling assassins in this competition. “We’re smart, we’re intelligent, we can work things out, we’ve got strategies and ideas and common sense. I think other teams will underestimate us in a big way and that’s going to be their downfall, not ours.” When she’s not studying Radiography, Emily works as a model, cheerleader and dancer. She still lives in Christchurch and recently opened NZ Fashion Week to public acclaim. She has modelled for Karen Walker and Trelise Cooper. Jono is a Creative Services Manager at a top Wellington advertising firm.
Perth beauties, Inga (27) and Tiharna (26), met four years ago at a “Blondes v Brunettes” modeling competition and instantly became friends. The pageant models claim to be the full package. “We’re the three B’s: brainy, busty, brunettes,” they say unanimously. Inga is a CPA Accountant and is also tri-lingual while Tiharna works as a Personal Assistant to five stockbrokers. They’re strategic, calculated and their only goal is to win.The girls aren’t worried about teams underestimating them. “I know exactly how they’re going to perceive us, like we’re just these dumb, weak idiots who don’t know anything. Little do they know we’ve travelled, we’re intellectual, we speak languages and we’re street-smart.” And on strategies they say: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

July 25, 2014   6 Comments

Anja Nissen Dumps Song Delta’s For’s

Universal and The Voice Australia must be very serious about Anja Nissen’s post reality TV career. The show needs a winner who has a ongoing musical career including hits and endorsements. To try and achieve this they have now pulled the winners single that was to be released today.

The song, My Girls, co-written by The Voice Kids coach Delta Goodrem has now been dumped for a collaboration with her coach This will guarantee airplay not only in Australia but possibly overseas. And good on him for helping her career post the show most of the time the coaches just fade out of their lives.

If does come back next year for The Voice Australia there will be singers clamouring to get on his team. Hopefully he will do something with ZK as well.


July 25, 2014   6 Comments

Masterchef Australia – The Semi Finalist’s Decided And Tash Did Not Return For Masterclass

Martin Benn’s Sepia Forest Floor had 14 elements with  40 steps and three hours to make it.

It was clear early on that Emelia was not going to be the one eliminated as she confidently zipped through the challenge. She is confident and it was amusing when she was tasting his dessert she told him how balanced it was.

However even when her praline cream was not whipping she calmly fixed it.

Brent who had time to practice had focused on tempering chocolate. It is a pity he did not practice in drawing the chocolate and plating up as it was very clumsy plating. His jelly was not good either. It was cloudy and not helped that he had partially frozen it in the freezer.

It was Jamie who was in a world of pain. His lavender cream as it was too soft but this was because he was trying to cut corners. He was also stuffing up the tempering of his chocolate probably not helped with Gary hovering and then when it was going pear shaped Matt Preston came over with Martin to ask him what was he going to do. Also he mentioned he did not have to do the finger lime. Was this because he ran out of time?

The judging room again was like the inquisition chamber. The judges are not happy unless they wring some emotion out of the contestants. Emelia was happy to give it. Saying she had decided that pastry was what she wanted to do with her life. They told her she was the best pastry cook they had ever had in the competition.

It was Jamie who was eliminated who admitted he was gutted but he will soon be a head chef at a new Sydney venue and he will be linking food with cocktails.

The added intrigue was that it looks like Tash did not return for the finale, as she was not there for the filming of the Masterclass.

July 25, 2014   155 Comments

Arena’s August Schedule Looks Great For Reality Fans

Arena is one of my favourite Foxtel Channels as it is nearly all reality TV plus it has Bravo shows on it Top Chef, Project Runway (former Bravo)  and Million Dollar Listing.

If you like light weight reality TV here is what you can expect to see on the screen in August:

Game of Crowns premieres Tuesday August 5 at 9.30pm and follows six pageant wives competing on the “Mrs.” circuit whose lives revolve around glamour, perfection and winning at any cost. From trophy wives to pageant mums, these ultra-competitive ladies share their love of the game and will stop at nothing to win local and national pageants for beauty queen status. Meet Shelley Carbone, Lynne Diamante, Leha Guilmette, Lori-Ann Marchese, Susanna Paliotta, and Vanassa Sebastian. In each hour-long episode, the ladies will compete to snatch the spotlight while viewers watch their intense preparation that includes obsessing over the perfect swimsuit, working tirelessly with trainers and honing their interview skills with coaches — all while being dedicated mothers and wives. How will the women settle their scores both on the stage and off?

Premiering on Wednesday August 13 at 8:30pm is The Singles Project that follows a group of young, successful New York singles as they search for love and strive to conquer the city that never sleeps. Viewers will help these undeniable catches overcome their hang-ups, which may include getting over an ex, managing their high expectations or broadening their dating horizons so they can eventually find “the one.” Marking the first real-time dating docu-series, each episode will be shot and aired within the same week. This addictive series takes transmedia to the next level as fans will be able to interact with the cast and potentially impact the show through social media like never before. Whether it be helping the daters pick out their outfits for a hot date or submitting a possible match, the sky is the limit with fan engagement.

Kim, her husband Kroy and all six children are back for season three of Don’t Be Tardy premiering Wednesday August 20 at 9:30pm. The last year with the Biermanns has been out of control, to say the least. In the midst of dealing with Kroy’s season-ending football injury and moving into their dream home, they welcomed a set of twins into the world. Caring for six children in a lavish new 17,000 square-foot home, the Biermanns need help – and birth control. Bringing on new staff adds to the already crowded household with the return of Kim’s longtime friend and assistant, Sweetie, and their nanny, Lana. Amidst the dozens of nappies and baby bottles, Kim insists the family get away to her favourite spring break location, Destin, Florida, for some rest and relaxation. Kim might be up for an adventure, but she’d rather be in Miami for a mummy makeover. A tummy tuck never killed anybody, but a bear might.

Premiering Thursday August 7 at 9.30pm, The Fashion Fund gives viewers a glimpse into the realm of fashion, pulling back the curtains of the often never seen fashion elite and the world in which they live. Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue magazine, oversees a competition in which 10 designers get a chance to work alongside industry luminaries to prove they have what it takes to be named Fashion Fund Designer of the Year – an award that comes with $300,000 and a one-year mentorship with some of the biggest names in fashion including designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Fashion enthusiasts will also love Dream Weavers, premiering at 7:30pm on Wednesday August 20. Dream Weavers follows the journey of five emerging fashion brands, each one chasing their dream to win the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize. A competition about innovation, about pushing the boundaries and about fostering the talents of the next generation, the International Woolmark Prize shows that wool has no limits and can catapult a designer into an icon. Film-maker Anthony Lau travels to the designers’ homes, taking the audience to Hong Kong, Australia, England, India and the USA, to reveal the designers’ thoughts, anxieties, hopes and dreams on the road to Milan. Crossing borders and cultures, the International Woolmark Prize remains one of the most coveted fashion awards of our time.

July 24, 2014   7 Comments