Being Lara Bingle – Surprisingly Lara Was The Most Likeable Out Of The Cast
If you had told me that Lara Bingle would have been the character I had liked best from her reality show Being Lara Bingle at the start of the season I would have been very surprised.
Her two main supporting cast mates were pretty unpalatable by the end. Her brother Josh Bingle had few redeeming features. He was thick “did you have a fire in the igloo” condescending to Lara but was happy to live off her largesse. He is no Khole Kardashian – when he mused that he did not know what he would do next, most viewers were hoping he would fade into obscurity.
Hermione Underwood who was her manager for the first part of the series appears to have little respect for her best friend talking down to her, again like Josh she appears to have forgotten the reason she has the lifestyle she has. Also Hermione talked about how smart and highly educated she was there was little sign of it. Oh and she is currently unemployed I suspect she will turn up working at a PR company soon.
It is unlikely there will be a season two as there just was not enough going on to keep it interesting, memo to producers – playing bingo is not a plot line….
Even though the ratings were good for a niche reality show, they were not good enough for a prime time free-to-air program.
The best bits were when she was hanging out with friends and family or actually working, though this did not occur very much. Also you can’t have a reality TV show on your life and not show your private life. Kanye West has no problem appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and he is a much bigger celebrity than Lara’s boyfriend Gareth Moody.
In the last episode Lara met with Peter Morrissey who was giving her some business advice, and hopefully she listened, however I would have thought her new management should be strategising on her behalf.
However one bit of advice she should have been given obviously was not. When she knew she was getting a reality show she should have had a product or merchandise with her name attached to it ready for when the show aired. It is no use sighing that she would like to have her own lingerie collection it should have been hanging on our shelves last month. You can’t buy that type of free advertising even a medium rating reality show gives you.
Put Lara in the Australian version of The Simple Life – I would definitely watch it.