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Posts from — November 2012

So You Think You Can Dance Australia Flashback – Robbie And Ivy Doing Contemporary

More routines from So You Think You Can Dance Australia , along with a reminder that the US version of So You Think You Can Dance is on Eleven tonight at 7.30pm.

November 30, 2012   1 Comment

NOW CASTING: Do You Want To Be On River Cottage Australia?

Lifestyle Channel have announced an Australian version of River Cottage called River Cottage Australia of course.

They even have managed to nab Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who is the face to the UK production and they are looking for people who want to be Hugh or Hughettes on the show. So if you are into sustainable lifestyles and/or farming this is the show for you.

This is a great show for Lifestyle and it will definitely be watched in this household, but I have to confess in large doses I do find Hugh a bit too earnest and right on.

If you want to go on the show apply here.

Here are further details about the show:

Foxtel and The LifeStyle Channel today announced the commissioning of new local production, River Cottage Australia, the first international version of the hugely successful series, co-produced by Granada Media Australia and Keo Films.

Mentored by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage Australia will search for the new ‘Aussie Hugh’ – testing their knowledge of food, enthusiasm for all things wild and local, and resilience in setting up a sustainable farm in the Australian countryside.

Duane Hatherly, General Manager, LifeStyle Channels and Head of Production said: “The River Cottage Australia commission adds a new and incredibly exciting venture to the LifeStyle Channel’s robust production slate.

The Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series is a brand defining, tent-pole franchise on The LifeStyle Channel and we know that Australian’s are as passionate about the River Cottage ‘back to basics’ approach to seasonal cooking and local produce as he is.”

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “It’s brilliant to be taking River Cottage Down Under. Australia’s a country I have long wanted to get to know. We’ve had some lovely Aussies visit us here at River Cottage in Devon and it’s high time I repaid the compliment.

“I know there are great things happening with local, seasonal wild foods and I can’t wait to tap into them. And I’m looking forward to meeting some Aussie Hughs. At least I think I am!”

Fearnley-Whittingstall will visit Australia for the first time when production commences in early 2013.

The search for the new Hugh is underway. For application details visit

In 2013 River Cottage Australia will join a stellar line-up of local productions on The LifeStyle Channel including Come Dine With Me Australia, Selling Houses Australia and Location Location Location Australia.

November 30, 2012   10 Comments

Beauty And The Geek Australia – And The Winner Is….

Last night on Beauty and the Geek  Australia Millie and Chard won the $100,000 prize money which they will share. They ended up beating favourites, Kirsty and Jason and Alin and Dane.

The show started with a medieval challenge and finished with a formal dance with public speaking, which made me wonder if they actually scripted it themselves…

They also had to dance. The cast again were lovely this year and it was great to see the guys grow in confidence and hopefully this will have a long term effect on them, however as I said previously there was something about this series that did not make me connect with it as the previous series have.

November 30, 2012   15 Comments

Ricky Martin The New Coach On The Voice

Ricky Martin will be swivelling the red chairs, not his hips, on The Voice in 2013. It is now official that he is the replacement for Keith Urban.

A Current Affair had the exclusive on the announcement.

It will be interesting to see how he goes with the other judges Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden and Seal. At this stage it is unclear when The Voice Australia will premiere next year.

The Voice Australia on NINE in 2013.

November 29, 2012   17 Comments

Formal Wars – A Reality Show About The End Of Year Formal

Channel Seven today have announced a new reality show for their 2013 season called Formal Wars.  The premise being the parents will pick the clothes their daughter will wear to their end of year formal.

Obviously this will be to try and stop them from dressing too hoochie. As tight lycra and neck breaking high heels appear to be the look these days it will be interesting to see if conflict arises on parental choices.

The press release says:

Filming is currently underway on Channel Seven’s new fly-on-the-wall reality series Formal Wars, set to premiere in 2013.

High school graduates are now celebrating the end of their school days in an industry estimated to be worth $3 billion a year. But this once-in-a-lifetime experience will be turned on its head for the girls in Formal Wars. It’ll be every young woman’s worst nightmare when their school formal is hijacked by their parents.

In a radical experiment of generational trust, mums and dads, daughters and sons will put their faith in each other as their parents choose everything from the dress to their date, hair, make-up and arrival. Do their parents know them well enough to ensure a great night? Or will they embarrass them in front of all their friends on the biggest night of their life?

“Exploring the relationship between teenagers and parents is fascinating. And with the school formal rapidly becoming the biggest day in a teenager’s life, the reactions when we tell them their parents are in control have been priceless,” says Seven’s Director of Network Production Brad Lyons.

Tension is high and politeness is pushed to the limit, but at its core Formal Wars is a touching series about parents and teenagers at one of the most important times of their relationship.

Formal Wars is an original format by Matchbox Pictures for Channel Seven.

Will you be watching it?

Formal Wars on Channel Seven in 2013

November 29, 2012   4 Comments