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James Mathison Leaving Australian Idol.

james-mathiesonThe very witty James Mathison will not be co-hosting Australian Idol this year.

In an article he gives his reasons as:

He said he craved anonymity and a more unstructured lifestyle.

“There is a part of me who has a little bit struggled with being ‘that guy from that thing’ and taking a step back totally allows you to do what you want to do without that scrutiny,” the 31-year-old said.

“For six years Australian Idol has been my life.

“You really don’t have time to do anything else. I might not have been the greatest friend to people because I had no time so it would be cool to change that.”

“I had to follow my gut and I wanted new challenges,” he says.

“I am not going to be on TV for a while now, not Dancing With The Stars or anything like that. I just want to explore other music opportunities while I am here in New York and at home.”

Personally I think it will be a huge loss to the show, considering last year the judging panel was boring, yes Dicko and Marcia I am talking about you. Also does this mean Ricki-Lee Coulter’s role will be expanded?

Full story here. 








March 31, 2009   5 Comments

SPOILER: Farmer Wants A Wife – A Surprise Dumping

As the weeks have gone by on Farmer Wants A Wife it appeared both Farmer Paul and Farmer Jenny were going to find true love.

Well TV Week has an article which states that one of their relationships does not work out.

Here is the article (unfortunately no soft copy) and you decide which one is dumped:

This season, two farmer seemed to have found true love. But in the season finale, we see that one of these couples has split up, leaving the farmer shattered. From the beginning, Paul and Jenny have known exactly who was the one for them.

For 36-year-old Paul it was wool classer Nerena, 35. For Jenny 32, it was 30 year-old fencing contractor Owen. Both couples’ chemistry was obvious when they met at the speed dates. Jenny confessed on camera to being “rocked” by Owen, while Paul says there were “fireworks” with Nerena.

“Nerena had everything I was looking for: great looks, great personality, great sense of humour, great smile, and she worked in the rural industry”, Paul tells TV Week exclusively.” She ticked all the boxes.”

Jenny says that Owen “just seemed to be in tune with things…. a salt-of-the-earth sort of guy”. Although Jenny and paul invited three potential partners to the farm, there was no real competition.

“You have to fill numbers”, Paul says. “But there was only one girl right from the start that I was interested in.” After sending Berenice home first, Paul asked Bridie to leave just three days later.” When Bridie went home, we had five days left,” he says. “Nerena moved into my room straightaway. We just clicked, like that.”

Jenny reveals she wanted Andrew to leave early, too.” A few days after Stephen left, I actually asked if I could send Andrew home as well, but I wasn’t allowed to. so I tried really hard to let andrew know how I felt about Owen.” There were no question whose doors Paul and Jenny would knock on. And, after the city breaks, both romances blossomed.

“We had this amazing start,” Jenny says.  “The euphoria of it all – it was wonderful, amazing. [I thought] ‘I might be in love’,”. Owen was spending almost every day at Tumbarumba, helping out on the family farm. Jenny says he was “completely committed and right into it –  and right into my world”.

Meanwhile, Nerena took her mother and three-year-old son Billy to  Tarcutta for a visit. “We talked about a six-month plan of her moving up with Billy”, Paul says.  “She wasn’t just saying, ‘I love you’, she was saying, ‘I love you dearly'”.

But within a few weeks, things started going wrong for one of the couples. The farmer says the partner became ” a bit more distant, a little more stand-offish”. They talked and the partner expressed the feeling that things were moving a bit too fast. “I said,’Yeah, that’s understandable, I thought the same thing’,” the farmer recalls.

Later the partner admitted to having second thoughts, but didn’t want to talk about it. The farmer was left “shattered and heartbroken”.

“We had something so special and in a matter of a week it’s gone from being so good to just over,” the farmer laments. “Something isn’t right. I know it was no illusion. It was there. I’m still struggling to understand what happened and I think I deserve to know the truth.”

The farmer still holds out hope the relationship can be revived.”I said,’When you’re ready to talk about it, you ring me.”

The farmer turned up to the finale to talk about the experience, but asked that the partner not be there. The program’s producers, however, tracked them down to get the other side of the story.

“It started as a fairytale and it’s just turned into an absolute nightmare,” the farmer says. “I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t work properly. I’m gutted. I’m absolutely heartbroken. I’ve been heartbroken before, but never as bad as this. This was the one I could’ve spent the rest of my life with, sat on the verandah with when we were 70,80, on our rocking chairs, remembering when….”

So is it Paul or Jenny whose heart has been broken?

My money is on Paul.

March 30, 2009   Comments Off on SPOILER: Farmer Wants A Wife – A Surprise Dumping

So You Think You Can Dance – And Now There Are 6

So Kat and BJ’s Godfather Foxtrot was voted the favourite routine of last night, but both of them landed in the bottom two. I won’t hypothesise why that is so,  as I would just be talking crap.

However speaking of bullshit, I read today  the rumour ciruclating that Kat and BJ revived their romance after working intensively together last week.  The crotch in the face manouvre must have done the trick. For those who don’t know BJ and Kat went out for 18 months. To be honest I think their reconciliation could be bollocks as well.

Just an aside did anyone understand what Nacho Pop was saying when he was telling us about his Road Trip. What is the point of the roadtrip? As a way for the producers to avoid having to give him any routines to choreograph?

Bottom two girls were unsurprisingly Kat and Gianne, and bottom two boys Timomatic and BJ.

Gianne was eliminated, as was Timomatic. It was pretty much expected.

Natalie spruiked Timomatic’s singing voice. Future Idol contestant? Tim was the best hip hop dancer in the two season’s of SYTYCDA.

New partnerships:

  • Talia and BJ,
  • Ben and Amy,
  • Charlie and Kat.

It was good to hear NapTab otherwise known as Napolean and Tabitha from the US version of SYTYCD will be choreographing a routine this week. Cool.

March 30, 2009   6 Comments

The Logie Nominations And Reality TV Stars

Well you would have to be living in a cave today if you did not know Natalie Bassingthwaite has been nominated for a Gold Logie.  She has also been nominated for a Silver Logie in the category of most popular presenter.

Matt Lee the judge from So You Think You Can Dance has been nominated for most popular new male talent, as has Ricky Lee for most popular new female talent for her “work” on Australian Idol.

The nominations for Most Popular Reality TV Program are Australian Idol, The Biggest Loser, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and Farmer Wants A Wife.

March 30, 2009   4 Comments

Apparently Penny Higgs Did Not Want To Leave SYTYCDA

In my usual glance at the weekly gossip mags I noticed an article in NW which said Penny did not want to leave the competition but was forced to leave.

She said the first doctor she saw said she could continue dancing with her strained rib. However the producers said she had to get a second and third opinion. It was the third opinion who said she should not dance injured.

In the article she said if it had been her choice she would have stayed in the competition.

This will give fuel to the conspiracy that once the prize of dancing on the US SYTYCD show was announced the judges did not want Penny to win as her technique was not as good as the other dancers.

March 30, 2009   8 Comments