Reality TV Stars – Where Are They Now – From The Popular Shows
This blog post is about a where are they now from the more popular reality TV shows. Again a big thanks to TV Week.
So You Think You Can Dance:
Jack Chambers (Season 1) –
The show’s first-ever winner has been based in New York for nearly six months and has found his talents in demand.
“I’m loving it here!” he says. “I’ve been teaching dance at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School, as well as teaching and choreographing for studios in New Jersey.”
He’s also been doing a few performances including dancing for upcoming pop star Killian Wells. “I’m still waiting for a Broadway audition to come my way, though!” he admits.
Jack says the most exciting experience he’s had in New York – other than celebrating his 21st birthday – was meeting actor Ben Stiller at a film premiere. “My friend and Ben were roommates when they were younger, so we were Ben’s guests that night. I also met actress Famke Janssen and Entourage’s Adrian Grenier!” he says.
As for romance, Jack says it’s “non-existent” at the moment. “I’ve been too focused on actually settling in and finding work,” he explains.
For now, the dancer is planning to stay in New York. “I will always come back to Australia to visit family and friends or for work reasons,” he says. “but New York is where I am based now.”
Kate Wormald (Season 1)
Kate’s wedding to high school sweetheart Michael in May was attended by her SYTYCDA friends. “You couldn’t get anyone off the dance floor!” she laughs. As well as starting motion-capture work on the film Happy Feet 2 , Kate will soon be back on TV in a new Norsca ad.
Rhys Borbridge (Season 1)
Despite having an international hit with his song “Hot Summer”, Rhys is now turning his focus back to dance. he made the final cut in Cirque du Soleil’s recent dancing auditions in Sydney. “My hope is that they’ll send me to Las Vegas for a show called Zumanity,” he says.
Australia’s Got Talent
Smokin’ Joe Robinson (Season 2)
The guitar virtuoso, now 18, is currently performing solo concerts around Europe. He’ll be coming home to spend Christmas with his family but next year will be back in the US recording another album.”there are so many opportunities over there I need to go and chase,” he says.
Bonnie Anderson (Season 1)
Just 12 when she won Australia’s Got Talent, Bonnie is now 15 and in Year 9. She’s been writing songs, learning piano and guitar and playing some “chilled” gigs in cafes around Melbourne. “I’m hoping to maybe do an EP next year,” she says.
Australia’s Next Top Model
Gemma Sanderson (Season 1)
Season three winner Alice Burdeau is usually touted as the big success story of Australia’s Next Top Model, but Gemma Sanderson is the quiet achiever. Since winning the first season of the show, Gemma, who’s signed to Chic, has been working full time as a model and is currently based in London.
She filmed a TV ad with star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, shot the worldwide cover of Stuff magazine and done catwalk shows for the Victoria Beckham Collection.
“Besides Sydney, London has been my favourite market to work in,” Gemma reports. “The clients are friendlier, less critical, more laidback and welcoming than in New York or Milan. I’ve met some amazing people. Spending the day with Victoria Beckham and flying in a helicopter with her was possibly one of the most surreal experiences of my life, but London is all about doing things you never would anywhere else!”
Jordan Loukas (Season 3)
Despite finishing third in ANTM, Jordan has turned her back on modelling and is now focusing on a career as a TV presenter. “It was such a great place for me to start, but I’m probably not a great model,” she admits. “I’m better when I speak, maybe because I have an opinion.”
As well as doing a presenter’s course at NIDA, Jordan is gaining practical experience as the face of entertainment website The Fix. “I do interviews for them every week,” she says.
She’s also made the top three of the Channel [V] presenter search.
As well, Jordan is about to make her movie debut in the low-budget thriller Next Door To the Velinsky’s. “I’m the main guy’s wife – she cheats on him,” she says. “I’d like to try some more acting but I’m loving presenting right now.”
For the past two years Jordan has been dating another well-know TV face, Burgess Abernethy from H2O Just Add Water .
“My little sister is his biggest fan, so she was stoked,” she laughs.
Eboni Stocks (Season 2)
According to her agent at Scene Model Management, the ANTM winner is currently with her family in Tasmania and is “not actively pursuing modelling at the moment”.
Cassi Van Den Dungen (Season 5)
The ANTM runner-up, who made headlines by knocking back a contract with Chic in New York, recently signed to Cameron’s Models in Melbourne, but heragent says she’s “press shy”.
Clare Venema (Season 5)
After finishing third, the Adelaide schoolgirl was signed by Chic. She has a major Impulse campaign and is off to Japan or New York to model. “But I wouldn’t mind studying law,” she says.
Project Runway Australia
Helen Manuell (Season 1)
Helen gave birth to her second child in late October this year – and three days later was back at work, overseeing a photo shoot! “Life’s too short to miss out on things,” says the fashion designer and single parent.
Baby Chloe is a sister for Sophie, seven. “I look at Chloe and I think, ‘Thank God I had her’,” Helen says. “It makes it complete. I wanted two girls.”
Since going on Project Runway, Helen has expanded her business, developing a ready-to-wear collection, Helen Manuell, in addition to her couture label, Manuell & Moore.
She couldn’t be happier about the exposure that came with being on the show. “The timing was fantastic,” she says. “Thank God I did it with this economic climate, because we’re just sitting here watching colleagues close their businesses left, right and centre, which is a bit hard. But we’re still going.”
Julie Grbac (Season 1)
Since winning, Juli has launched a second line of clothing and secured stockists across Australia. She also married her fiance, Paul, in a huge ceremony in August this year, attended by several Project Runway designers. “Married life is great,” she says. “Starting a family? You never know.”
Leigh Buchanan (Season 1)
Leigh has started his own label, making wedding dresses, but is still working for Easton Pearson. “So I have no spare time,” he says. Despite becoming famous through the show, he’s still “very much” single. “It’s mainly people’s mums that love me, not late-30s eligible bachelors,” he laughs.
Bobby Flynn (Season 4)
Bobby Flynn says the birth of his daughter Indigo las year was truly life-changing. “I guess it’s a little stereotypical, but it’s the best thing that’s happened to me,” he says. “The important things come into focus.”
Recently, Bobby was the support act for US singer Toni Childs on her national tour. “She’s a lot of fun,” he reports. He hasn’t been doing much “heavy-duty touring” over the past year, however, spending more time at his Melbourne home with Indigo and his partner Jade. “I’ve just been getting into the rhythm of family life, and working on a new record,” he reveals.
Bobby’s debut album, Out Front was released early last year, and he’s hoping his new one will be out next year.
“I don’t feel like I have to rush with this one,” he says. ” I’m waiting until the songs are really there. I’ve been working with a few different producers and a heap of different co-writers, just getting it really redefined.”
Chris Murphy (Season 4)
Chris is currently co-hosting an evening radio show in Perth. He’s also working on a duets album, featuring Adam Brand, Hank Marvin – and Courtney Murphy. “I couldn’t do a duets album without singing with my brother,” he laughs.
My Restaurant Rules
Ash Huish and Amanda Thomas (Season 1)
Season one’s winning restaurant, Perth’s Room Nineteen, closed in 2005. Ash is now working back on the wharf while Amanda looks after the pair’s “gorgeous girls”, Caitlyn, nearly three, and Summer, one. “We may revisit the restaurant industry once they’ve grown up,” Amanda says.
John and Justine Hall (Season 2)
Adelaide’s Greedy Goose was doing so well that the Hall’s opened a second restaurant. “It basically sent us broke,” Justine says. The Greedy Goose shut in March this year and the pair now manage the St Kilda Beach Hotel. They’ve had two daughters since the show – Cicly, three, and Sophie, one.
Evan Hansimikali and Bella Serventi (Season 2)
One of the losing restaurants from season two, on the other hand, is still in operation. Young Sydney duo Evan and Bella relocated Pink Salt in 2006 from its original beachside spot at Manly to its current home at glamorous Double Bay – and the pair are happy to report that it’s flourishing.