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Posts from — July 2008

Nigel Lythgoe says he found fame but lost a wife.

The US version of So You Think You Can Dance has hit our screens again on Channel Ten. Their series is as usual a cracker, with their strength being the high quality of their judges who manage to be funny, supportive without being patronising. Something the Australian version has yet to master.

Nigel Lythgoe the supposed ‘nasty’ judge in an interview in the SMH said that success has come at a price. “Since I’ve been [in America] I’ve had a heart attack, I’ve lost the back of my heart, I’ve had peritonitis, I’ve lost 15 feet of my intestine, my marriage has broken up and I’ve lost my wife,” he says. ” And the gag now is, I miss my intestine.” He says he is on good terms with his estranged wife Bonnie and thinks she did an excellent job as a judge on the Australia version of So You Think You Can Dance.

But Lythgoe has no regrets “If anyone had said to me, ‘If you go to America this is going to happen’ I would still have come. I would still have gone through everything. I have been very, very lucky. I could be in corporate hell at ITV.”

He enjoys all stages of judging but particularly likes the cruelty of auditions. “That’s because I know how hard it is to be successful and these people just think they can walk in and say , ‘Give me my million dollars.'”

“There’s a whole thing nowadays of just being entitled. I think we’ve forgotten about stars now:we create celebrity. I’m to blame, too, for doing that. But with the web nowadays anybody can be a celebrity: you’ve just got to record yourself and put yourself on there.”

This season, the SYTYCD judges are being more “creative and constructive” , he says , pointing out contestants’ technical mistakes, especially in later rounds. “They’re in our top 20 because we believe they’re going to be really good, they’re going to improve and we’re there to improve them as well.”

Finally Nigel is choreographing a routine for the show (article did not say whether it was the group routine) but it will have to be good considering the criticism he has meted out on choreographers in the past.

July 29, 2008   Comments Off on Nigel Lythgoe says he found fame but lost a wife.

Reality Tidbits

Dean Geyer and Lisa Origliasso Have Split.

To think after their gushing OK Magazine spread in April to announce their engagement, Dean Geyer, former Australian Idol alumni, and now Neighbours hunk, has split from his Veroncia, Lisa Origlasso. No real reasons given except the usual trotted out lines in these situations. “Our career demand we are in different areas of the world now and in the future, and the pressures that are associated with it have forced us to make this difficult decision…..etc. We would appreciate respect for our privacy at this point of time.”

Full details of statement here.

Demelza Winner of Aust Next Top Model IS Getting Modelling Work
Demelza who may never lose the bullying tag modelled in the Saba fashion parade and according to the article here. she was quite good. She is will also be going to New York to visit agents since she has lost weight from her hips – one of the criticisms modelling agents levelled at ther when she was in New York with Australia’s Next Top Model.

July 24, 2008   1 Comment

So You Think You Can Dance – Season 4 – auditions

It is great to see the US version of the So You Think You Can Dance on our screens. Channel Ten will probably run it through the Olympics so they are not expecting it to be a big ratings winner – presently it is getting about 1 million viewers on the Wednesday night show.

One thing that has stood out for me so far when comparing it to the Australia version is the judges are so much better in the US version. Nigel and Mary are honest without being cruel, and not patronising, something the Jason Coleman’s and Matt Lee’s have yet to master.

Also rotating the third guest judge makes it much more interesting, with the likes of Mandy Moore, and Mia Michaels giving their opinions. Lets hope the Australian producers of the show tweak the format for next season to ensure that some of the weaknesses of Season 1 can be rectified.

Recaps of the US SYTYCD will start once they hit Vegas.

July 24, 2008   4 Comments

Farmer Wants A Wife – Series 2 – Episode 4 – or James is a Doofus

Farmer Wants a Wife was memorable tonight seeing how some of these guys notably James and Mick knew how to deal with women. James inability to compromise, and Mick’s no idea on how to host women in his house.

James the egocentric
James showed last night what an immature guy he really is by his non willingness to compromise at all. Does he want a women to love or just a wife to look after him. Highlights of his self centredness was him telling Toni the airline hostess that he wanted a wife that would work fulltime on the farm with him, as since his accident (which was very serious) he was unable to do what he previously had done.

Notwithstanding that liability he showed complete disregard to Cherie and Toni on the night he hosted a BBQ. As James had been busy on the farm, the girls had done all the prep for dinner, they had no problems with that. However the kicker was as they were dealing with the BBQ’s they realised that James had been out there drinking with his mates, not coming to see what assistance he could provide, or even just seeing how they were going.

Both Cherie and Toni pissed off back to the house, and James was a bit bemused when he went to see what was happening with the BBQ to realise the potatoes had not been started.

Toni confronted him about his behaviour, and he marched off saying I am going to have a beer with his mates. Girls get out of there. I felt a bit sorry of Toni as she seems just a bit desperate at 35 to get a husband, she really needs to steer clear of this one, as he will bring no happiness just slavedom.

Ironically this unreconstructed man said in this week’s TV Week mag that neither of the girls were suitable, as Cherie was too rough. This from a man who lets his dog eat at the table. He was whinging that he had limited choice as only 24 women had applied to meet him. Clearly the single women of Australia could sniff out a loser on the internet.

Link to Daily Tele article on James whinging.

I will give him points for his behaviour making the episode entertaining.

Mick the dunce
Mick the sheep farmer from Goulburn’s girls finally arrived he chose Jenny, and Simone, two blondes. He too had issues on how to treat guests in his house. The most memorable scene was at breakfast where he had made himself tea and toast, but had not offered the girls anything. They were left to fend for themselves. Early sign to pack their bags and run IMO.

Jenny did bring it up that he could have hosted better, this did not go down well, and by the end of the episode it looked like he had transferred his affections to Simone.

Rob the Smoothie
He and Jo appear to be the most likely to be filming the Dairy Farmers yoghurt ad next year instead of Chris and Kim. No suspense here as it has been all over the media about this pair hooking up and moving in together.

Only drama is Emmaline not being told, but feeling like a third wheel anyway. Now this guy knows how treat girls, he booked them into a hair salon for the afternoon and then on the weekend was taking him down to his beach house.

Also he gets points for not falling for the slim blonde. Good luck to the pair.

Howie the Dull
Howie seems to be in the position where both of his girls quite liked him but he feels there is no spark from him. He too seemed a bit self centred when he was having the conversation about killing animals on his date with Christy. She looked particularly uncomfortable and said can we go back now. At least Howie’s mum has stayed out of the way.

Ben the confused.
Ben is in the nice position of liking both his girls Emma the Vet, and Stacey the Nanny. The suspense of last week regarding the cow giving birth unfortunately the mega mammoth calf died. Question is it usual to let cows to go over 6 weeks overdue. Fortunately the mother cow survived.

Ben needs to pick Emma, as Stacey will last two minutes once the reality of life on the land hits.

Nick the shy
The folly of Nick picking 19 year old Kristy was again highlighted this week, with her barely speaking this episode. I still think she is there to get her face on TV not to meet the love of her life. When meeting Nick’s mother and sister she was like a mute, and showed just how far she was out of her social depth.

It only made Stephanie shine more. I think pair looks like a good match, however at 22 she is still very young. In the preview for next week we see they have a big snog, and unfortunately I saw tongue which made it a bit icky….

July 22, 2008   1 Comment

Reality Tidbits

Project Runway Australia – Sophie Spalding Did Not Like Helen Manuell (the frocker)

Sophie Spaling the ’50’s inspired designer who had a mega meltdown in episode two of Project Runway Australia when she stuffed up her first attempt at making a swimsuit has said she does not get on with Helen Manuell. Sophie who had to start again and looked like she would not complete the challenge without Helen Manuell’s assistance, something that nearly saw Helen eliminated because of her pretty ordinary beach to bar design.

However this assistance did not endear herself to Sophie in the longrun. Sophie said “I got along with everyone except for Helen [Manuell] the frocker.”

“She managed to alienate everyone. Her ego is out of control.”

“It’s her nature to squash other designers. Whereas everyone else was competitive but still supportive. I hope when she watches the show she realises she’s not the best seamstress and also not a good person.

Sophie has now moved to Sydney to further her career in the city and his currently crashing on fellow contestant’s Deborah Paks floor while she looks for her own place to live.

Ajay Rochester Maybe The Biggest Loser
It has been reported in The Guide that Channel Ten may not have Ajay Rochester as the host of the next series of The Biggest Loser. Ten are reportedly reconsidering her position in the wake of negative media coverage arising from her recent Centrelink fraud charges. A Ten spokesperson said “we are currently negotiating with her agent”.

This years Biggest Loser is currently lookin for contestants and they are looking for couples, sibling, partners etc. I presume this is to keep it interesting.

http://www.thebiggestloser.com.au/ Applications are now open, they will close 11 August 2008.

Make Me A Supermodel on Channel 7 will try and give Australia’s Next Top Model A Run For It’s Money.
The lineup for Make Me A Supermodel, the new show where both male and females vie for a modelling career has now been finalised.

Jennifer Hawkins is host, and the judges weill be Jackie Frank, Marie Claire editor, Martin Walsh, model agent, and American male supermodel Tyson Beckford. The series will start in August on Channel 7.

Elle Macpherson Gets Out Her Knickers for America’s Next Top Model.

Elle Macpherson will guest star in the 10th series of America’s Next Top Model, which starts Tuesday night on Fox 8. Her episode will air August 5 where the aspiring models wil pose in her lingerie line for a photo shoot.

July 21, 2008   Comments Off on Reality Tidbits