Congratulations to Sonia Kruger on the news she has had healthy baby girl. The baby that was born yesterday was 3.8 kilos and they have called her Maggie after Sonia’s mother and the baby from The Simpsons.
Sonia who is nearly fifty attracted controversy when she announced her pregnancy because of her age, however men of that age appear to receive none when they conceive at a later age.
The Big Brother host used a donor egg and has been refreshingly honest about her pregnancy the whole way through. She told the Sunday Telegraph it was the “happiest day of her life”. Hopefully for Sonia motherhood lives up to what she thought it would be like.
Source: Daily Telegraph
January 25, 2015 8 Comments
Greg Plitt, who was in reality show Work Out, was killed whilst running on train tracks allegedly trying to out run a train. A metro link spokesperson has said the death was “preventable if proper channels had been followed”. (Source: The Wrap)
Richard Reid, the entertainment reporter from the TODAY show has outed himself in a radio interview all but confirming he will be on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Also other rumours doing the rounds today is that former Hi-5 singer and a Voice contestant last year, Fely Irvine is dropping into the jungle. And the four time Olympian has an OAM. (Source: SMH)
Former MKR contesatants Thalia and Bianca are selling their pate in markets in Tassie. The pate scored a ten out of ten from the judges. (Source: Examiner)
Gary Mehigan talks about his series Far Flung and names five of his favourite places to eat in Melbourne. (Source: Today Online)
Host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi has her own frozen food range out now. However can only buy it in Costco in the US. (Source: Braiser)
Bethenny Frankel is not stopping just selling alcoholic beverages called Skinny Girl, but she is now showing her business savvy and is going into the marijuania market, apparently her Skinny Girl Grass won’t give you the munchies. (Source: Braiser)
Hilarious thread on Reddit when loving but concerned husband asked advice about his wife wanting to be a reality star. I suspect the first commenter got it right when they said: This thread will probably be more famous than your wife.
Two journalists at the SMH write about the pros and cons of reality TV. (Source: SMH)
Paula Abdul set to take over from Mary Murphy on So You Think You Can Dance. (Source: Pop News)
Celeb Big Brother is on in the UK and blogger Perez Hilton looks like he is making a lot of enemies. (Source: Daily Mail)
January 22, 2015 8 Comments
Network TEN are dropping clues to their new show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here day by day. It is a bit like Chinese water torture but it is a good strategy as it is getting everyone speculating.
Today’s big clue is: This celebrity was also a member of one of Australia’s most successful musical acts! Tim Rodgers has denied that it is him. Though how You Am I could be counted as one of our most successful musical acts is beyond me.
At first I thought Red Symons, from Skyhooks (yes I am showing my age) but then I realised he has a radio show in Melbourne. So I am thinking it could be Ben Gillies, the drummer from Silverchair. Well his wife Jackie is on Real Housewives of Melbourne and once one person in the family is on reality TV the rest of the family want to get into the fun.
Do you have any idea who it could be?
January 20, 2015 45 Comments
The Biggest Loser’s weight loss program is coming in for more criticism by a former contestant on the US show. Kai Hibbard who was on the show way back in 2006 and she said the show was “fat shaming”.
Kai who was 120 kg when she went on the show was 65 kgs by the times finale.:
This is what she had to say (story from Daily Telegraph):
In the United States, a country where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, The Biggest Loser has multifaceted appeal: It’s aspirational and grotesque, punitive and redemptive — skinny or fat, it’s got something for you. It’s not uncommon to see contestants worked out to the point of vomiting or collapsing from exhaustion. Contestants, collegially and poignantly, refer to one another as “losers.”
“You just think you’re so lucky to be there,” Hibbard says, “that you don’t think to question or complain about anything.”
Contestants are made to sign contracts giving away rights to their own storylines and forbidding them to speak badly about the show.
Once selected, Hibbard was flown to LA. When she got to her hotel, she was greeted by a production assistant, who checked her in and took away her key card. When not filming, she was to stay in her room at all times.
“The hotel will report to them if you leave your room,” Hibbard says. “They assume you’re going to talk to other contestants.”
Another competitor, who spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity, says that when she first checked in, a production assistant also took her cellphone and laptop for 24 hours. She suspects her computer was bugged.
“The camera light on my MacBook would sometimes come on when I hadn’t checked in,” she says. “It was like Big Brother was always watching you.” The sequestration lasts five days.
After an initial winnowing process, 14 of 50 finalists are taken to “the ranch,” where they live, work out and suffer in seclusion. (The remaining 36 are sent home to lose weight on their own, and return later in the season.)
Those who remain, Hibbard says, are not allowed to call home. “You might give away show secrets,” she says. After six weeks, contestants get to make a five-minute call, monitored by production.
Once at the ranch, contestants are given a medical exam, then start working out immediately, for dangerous lengths of time — from five to eight hours straight.
“There was no easing into it,” Hibbard says. “That doesn’t make for good TV. My feet were bleeding through my shoes for the first three weeks.”
“My first workout was four hours long,” says the other contestant. She came on to the show a few years ago at more than 136kg. On her first day, she was put through this regimen:
— Body-weight work
— Kettle bells
— Cool-down on treadmill
— Interval training
— Outside work with tires
At one point, she collapsed. “I thought I was going to die,” she says. “I couldn’t take any more.”
Her trainer yelled, “Get up!” then made a comment about a sick and overweight relative.
“I got up,” she says. “You’re just in shock. Your body’s in shock. All the contestants would say to each other, ‘What the f**k just happened?’ ”
The trainers, she says, took satisfaction in bringing their charges to physical and mental collapse. “They’d get a sick pleasure out of it,” she says. “They’d say, ‘It’s because you’re fat. Look at all the fat you have on you.’ And that was our fault, so this was our punishment.”
Meanwhile, their calories were severely restricted. The recommended daily intake for a person of average height and weight is 1,200 to 1,600 calories per day. The contestants were ingesting far less than 1,000 per day.
Hibbard says the bulk of food on her season was provided by sponsors and had little to no nutritional value.
“Your grocery list is approved by your trainer,” she says. “My season had a lot of Franken-foods: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray, Kraft fat-free cheese, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Jell-O.”
Such extreme, daily workouts and calorie restriction result in steep weight losses — up to 13kg lost in one week.
In fact, contestants have been seriously injured, but it’s not often shown. The first-ever Biggest Loser, Ryan Benson, went from 149kg to 94kg — but after the show, he said he was so malnourished he was urinating blood. “That’s a sign of kidney damage, if not failure,” Darby says. Benson later gained back all the weight and was disowned by the show.
In 2009, two contestants were hospitalised — one via airlift. And 2014’s Biggest Loser, Rachel Frederickson, became the first winner to generate concern that she had lost too much weight, dropping 70kg in months. She appeared on the cover of People with the headline “Too Thin, Too Fast?” Frederickson (5-foot-4, 47kg) admitted to working out four times a day, and within one month of the finale had gained back nine kg.
Hibbard’s own health declined dramatically. “My hair was falling out,” she says. “My period stopped. I was only sleeping three hours a night.” Hibbard says that to this day, her period is irregular, her hair still falls out, and her knees “sound like Saran Wrap” every time she goes up and down stairs. “My thyroid, which I never had problems with, is now crap,” she says.
“You’re brainwashed to believe that you’re super-lucky to be there,” Hibbard says. One doctor told a contestant she was exhibiting signs of Stockholm syndrome, and Hibbard herself fell prey to it.
“I was thinking, ‘Dear God, don’t let anybody down. You will appear ungrateful if you don’t lose more weight before the season finale.’ ”
The other contestant had a similar response. Despite “the harassment and the bullying, I wanted to please them,” she says. She lost seven pounds in one week and apologised. “I’d lost five kg the week before,” she says.
The show’s most famous trainer, Jillian Michaels, quit The Biggest Loser for the third time in June 2014, with People magazine reporting she was “deeply concerned” about the show’s “poor care of the contestants.”
Hibbard has said she has put the weight back on but does say how much.
Weight loss reality show are not entertaining if sensible weight loss measures are in place just look at Excess Baggage the celebrity weight loss show that tanked here in Australia.
It should be noted 50% of people who go on diets put the weight back on [Ed's note: I can concur with that research and have renewed the gym membership as it was such a good investment last year....NOT!].
But Biggest Loser is known for its quick and dirty weight loss regime and if you are keen on still going on the show after reading this applications are now open!
January 20, 2015 2 Comments
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has a start date of February 1st on TEN. It will screen five nights a week.
Still no confirmation of who the Celebrities are going to be but TEN are dropping clues. This morning I a press release they said a legendary cricketer is going to the jungle.
This “legendary cricketer” has 20 test caps. Now rumour has it that the person is Andrew Symonds who is controversial as he was dismissed from the Australian team due to missing a team meeting and he was a bit of a bad boy with alcohol. It won’t be us first time on a reality TV show as he was on Big Boss series 5, an Indian reality show.
January 19, 2015 19 Comments