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TEN’s Winter Re-Launch – The Bachelor And The Idol Boys Are Back

Osher and MathoLast night TEN threw a fabulous bash to launch the rest of the year’s programs and personalities. What was great to see was the former Australian Idol hosts, James Mathieson and Osher Gunsberg aka Andrew G, back with the Network that made them famous. Both are talented and entertaining presenters.

Osher Gunsberg who has had more names changes than hair styles was announced as the host of The Bachelor. He and “the bachelor” Tim Robard’s had a moment on stage talking about some of the most spectacular dates Tim had been on, and how the girls on the show were the most eligible bachelorette’s in Sydney.

Tim was very easy on the eye and rumour has it he has cut quite a swathe through the Sydney ladies before his time of the show. So maybe he is ready to settle down….

Osher who has lived in the USA for the past few years should be a good host and will know just how huge the show over there. Ironically now that he is single he himself could have been the protagonist on the show.

Andrew/Osher’s name has been evolutionary. He was born Osher and changed his name to Andrew G during his early radio days. Then when he was host of the ABC reality show, Photo Finish, in 2011 he was Andrew Gunsberg. Now the cycle is complete and he has reverted to Osher. The reason for this at this stage is unknown, well until we read about it in the Sunday papers.

His former partner in reality TV crime, James Mathison has been announced as one of the presenters of TEN’s new breakfast show called WAKE UP. He will be along side Natarsha Belling and Natasha Exelby. The show will be coming from Manly and is produced by morning TV guru Adam Boland. Apparently they will be know as Tash, Tarsh, and Matho.

There will definitely be eyeballs wanting to check the show out so if the chemistry is as good as they are saying they should get viewer traction fast.

Recipe To Riches the reality food show where the contestants compete to get their “recipe” on a supermarket shelf will also be coming to TEN’s screens later this year. Viewers will get to buy the contestant’s products in Woolworths after the episode has screened which will have some novelty value.

TEN is also going heavily into drama as it has been successful for them this year and new show Wonderland, which looks like a beach side version of Melrose Place, looks interesting. OK I have to confess I have never seen such a good looking cast, but being the professional I managed to keep my jaw from dropping to the floor.

Other former reality show contestants that will pop on TEN will be Celebrity Splash judge Alisa Camplin who will be commentating for the Winter Olympics, and Eamon Sullivan who won Celebrity Masterchef, he will be seen on a sports comedy show A League Of Their Own. This show is apparently a bit like Spicks and Speck and Qi.

Hopefully this new suite of shows, plus their heavy push into sport will see a resurgence in ratings for TEN, because viewers need three healthy free-to-air commercial networks to ensure we get programs we like to watch.


July 19, 2013   18 Comments

Photo Finish – High End Reality TV Starts On ABC TV Thursday Nights at 8.00pm

Reality TV is a broad genre, at one end of the spectrum you can have shows like Being Lara Bingle, and Beauty and The Geek to shows that showcase phenomenal talent both of amateurs and professionals.

Photo Finish which starts tonight on ABC TV is a high end a competitive reality TV show with the subject being photography. It involves amateur photographers that compete each week in a challenge that showcases a different type of photography style each week.

The show is hosted by the affable Andrew Gunsberg, formerly known as Andrew G, who is an avid amateur photographer himself and very knowledgeable on the topic.

The other judges are Curator from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Anne Loxley, and a different guest judge each thirty minute episode who is an expert in the challenge style.

A good reality show  should entertain, have an interesting cast who have talent, create chatter, have some tension, impart information, be fast paced, and have a good prize.

Photo Finish ticks all those boxes. Well almost all it does not have a big prize except for the kudos of winning the challenge, after all it is the ABC!

Each week three new contestants who are thrown into the deep end, and they range from mums at home, to people who may have a background in the Arts but are not professional photographers.

The first episode tonight the three contestants have to photograph a portrait and to make it all the more daunting they have to shoot famous people, actor Vince Colosimo, business man Dick Smith and performer Christa Hughes. It is worth watching just to seen stay at home mum wrangling Vince.

The guest judge Gary Heery is made for reality TV and it is a pity this will be the only episode we will see him on.

The following weeks episode sees three new contestant’s go to Tasmania to shoot a landscape photograph.

If you liked Work Of Art that was on Studio or just like uncontrived reality TV this is the show for you.

Photo Finish starts on ABC tonight at 8.00pm and will screen every Thursday night at 8.00pm. 

June 14, 2012   12 Comments

Has Foxtel Canned Got To Dance?

If rumours are correct it looks like Got To Dance has been canned for a second time. TV Tonight is reporting that even though auditions are still open until Monday the show may be going nowhere.

The host Andrew Gunsberg is starting to look like he has a hex on him when it comes to reality TV dance shows. He was the host of the US version of the show and it was axed after one season.

The Australian version had previously has been postponed from its airdate in 2011, at the time it was rumoured  Adam Garcia who is on the UK show was going to be a judge.

Whether Network TEN announcing dance show Everybody Dance Now made Foxtel rethink their show is unclear

However TV Tonight, who deservedly won the “Peoples Choice” in the Best Australian Blogs competition last week won, states both shows embrace solos, duos, group of any age and any style, leaving them with limited point of difference.

UPDATE: Apparently the Foxtel show could not compete with the free-to-air budgets.

May 12, 2012   Comments Off on Has Foxtel Canned Got To Dance?

Andrew Günsberg announced as host of FOX8’s Got To Dance Australia

Having relocated to Los Angeles since 2009, former Australian Idol host Andrew Günsberg will return to Australia to host a local version of the UK reality competition, Got To Dance.

Günsberg has expressed great enthusiasm for this hosting gig, as it’s a return to where his career first began in 1999, as a presenter on Foxtel’s Channel [V].

It will also be his second time working on this show, as he previously hosted the US version of Got To Dance in early 2011, called Live To Dance. The American series had a judging panel that included Idol’s Paula Abdul, who has since gone to judge The X Factor USA following Live To Dance‘s axing after only one season. The dancing competition premiered at a promising 10.2m figure on CBS, as the highest rating show of the night, but viewer numbers dropped significantly by the show’s end.

Hopefully, the local version will find an audience on Aussie screens and follow the success that has seen the UK show go to its third season this year. The original series has Australian actor and dancer Adam Garcia as one of the judges.

The audition process for our version is already underway. Dancers from any age bracket or dance genre are welcome to audition for show, with applications open online here. The online form will ask you to list your dance training and experience, and a video showcasing your talents will be required (to be uploaded).

The judges for the show are yet to be announced.

Got To Dance will premiere exclusively to FOX8 later this year.

April 18, 2012   Comments Off on Andrew Günsberg announced as host of FOX8’s Got To Dance Australia

The X Factor Australia – How My Audition Went Yesterday!

You can read the introduction here!

This was the second time I auditioned for a reality competition, the first being Australian Idol when I was 17. I snuck out of the house without my mother knowing, and I travelled all the way from Fairfield to Carriage Works in Redfern, where the auditions were being held. It was about 8.30am in the morning and the line was considerably longer than The X Factor‘s queue! I was waiting behind about 100 when Haydo and Fuzzy from Video Hits started strolling up and down the line interviewing people with a massive camera. Of course, I was really shy and covered my face most of the time!

Did I mention I was wearing a t-shirt with the slogan, “Spank the Monkey”? Things were bound to go downhill…

I finally got to the registration table after about four hours and wrote down my name and birthdate. That was basically all they asked for. After showing my ID, I lied about my mum being on stand-by to give consent if I made it past the first round! I almost hoped that I’d fail, just so I wouldn’t need to drag her up to the city.

After waiting for another two hours and watching Andrew G and Ricki-Lee prance around, I was finally sitting outside the audition room! I was really nervous and I didn’t feel any better when I walked in the door to meet Australian Idol vocal coach Erana Clark and a producer. They had a quick giggle at my inappropriate shirt and I slurred through Eric Hutchinson’s ‘Rock and Roll’. The clear answer was no and I did the walk of shame and quickly left the building, feeling really foolish. The feeling of embarrassment probably lasted for a whole week!

And as a surprise about a month later, I switched on the telly to find myself on Video Hits! I was on TV for about forty seconds, standing just behind the music show’s hosts in my saggy jeans and a metallic gold jacket covering my naughty t-shirt. I burst out in laughter. Maybe someone could find that footage?!

Looking back at the experience, I was really young, and definitely not ready for it. I don’t think I did well at all in my audition. And at the time, I thought I would never try out for a singing competition again!

Of course, that didn’t last because I had another go yesterday. Throughout the early process, I felt really positive about The X Factor Australia. Everyone in the queue were really bubbly and there was a great sense of camaraderie. We were in this together, and we all dreamt of the same outcome. A girl offered to share her mirror when I was fixing my hair, and a friendly fellow let me go in front of him because he was still filling out his application. Even the security and organisers were extremely friendly! It really didn’t hurt to feel welcomed. I think that’s something Australian Idol didn’t understand. Throughout the six or so hours I spent auditioning for Idol, I felt very belittled. The organisers who spoke to me were dismissive and insensitive. Like I didn’t matter. That it was all about the show, and not about the people.

The X Factor Australia was different. When we all huddled through to the big holding room after the two-minute registration, we were excited and thinking about all the wonderful opportunities this day could lead to. I had doubt in the back of my mind, but I was also very hopeful.

To be a part of show would no doubt be an amazing experience and I was really going for it! I was confident with my answers in the form and I felt that even though hundreds of hopefuls were auditioning, my individual story did matter. That as an auditionee, I’m very much part of this show as the people who actually get to the end.

The hoard of hopefuls start filling up the holding area (Click, then click again in new window to enlarge!)

In the holding room, you start getting distracted because everyone is rehearsing their songs! After thirty minutes, there’s an announcement that the first thirty contestants, based on the rego numbers on your wristbands, are to head to the audition rooms. The first group of us, myself included, head to the front to retrieve the application forms that we handed to the registration desk, and begin making our way out to a different section of the building. I was fourth to audition in my queue, as there were three judging rooms.

I had been rehearsing my chosen songs for the last few hours and I was ready to show what I had to offer! The form asked us to list four songs and mine were:

1. Hotel California – The Eagles
2. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
3. Angel – Amanda Perez
4. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

My list was quite diverse in genre because I wanted to show how versatile I could be. But when it got down to the audition, realistically, you do only have one chance to impress.

The line moves very quickly. You get told by the organisers that once someone exits an audition room, the next person should pop in straight away. You won’t be asked when to go in.

So after getting a ‘good luck’ from the guy who went in just before me, I grabbed all my stuff and headed in. Even though you’re told that the judging panel is made up of a producer and a vocal coach, my performance was judged solely by one producer and he didn’t seem like he even wanted to be there. Maybe 9.30 was too early for him. I handed my application form to the lovely organiser who I spoke to just outside the room. She could be the vocal coach that we were promised, but definitely had no say whatsoever in my audition.

I was asked to step onto the X sign on the ground, and it was then that I realised there was a video camera in the room! I told them that I was singing ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles and I took a long breath before letting it all out. I knew that how I acted on camera would be no less important than my singing ability, and it’s hard not to start feeling self-conscious and nervous. You can be in the best atmosphere in the waiting room, but once you step inside to an audition, everything changes and you really feel the nerves. People are judging you!

And I think you know yourself whether you’ve done a good job or not. Even in the first ten seconds.

Effort was something I could guarantee, but it wasn’t good enough to cut it. I was stopped three quarters through, and the producer asked me if I’ve had any vocal training. My reply was no, and he frankly said that my voice wasn’t ready for this competition and I definitely have things to improve on. I used my initiative to ask if I could sing another song, but the answer was also no.

So I thanked them for their time, and I headed out of the room. In following tradition, I said good luck to the person behind me and I really did hope that she did well!

I wondered why I woke up so early and travelled so far to be rejected in a matter of minutes. I walked out of the building and immediately gave Emma a call to tell her the news! We chatted for a bit, and she could tell how deflated I was. It was a real a downer to invest so much time and heart into a possibility that didn’t yield the result that you wanted.

You might think a lot of people try out for these talent shows because they’re simply looking for stardom, but I’m sure there are many who audition because they genuinely believe in their ability and are passionate about performance. Everyone has a dream, and everyone wants to be reassured that they’re good enough. I think that’s part of why I wanted to have a go this year.

I wasn’t surprised with the outcome that I received, but it is really disheartening to hear that you’re not good enough. I immediately think about all the people who make it through these shows because they’re a bit of a joke or that they’re simply attractive. Do those people go through the same audition process, or is there some other part of the competition that is reserved just for them?

This time around, i didn’t feel foolish or embarrassed. I was pretty damn proud for having a go, and all I felt really was disappointment. You start thinking about the things that you could have done differently, like a different song or a change in demeanour. If you’re serious about this sort of competition, then it does go down to your voice and how well you appear on camera. And I do trust in the producer’s judgement that I’m not ready for a talent quest like The X Factor. I don’t even think I’m a great singer, but it’s hard not to sit around and fantasise about making it big.

Having put so much into my application form, it was upsetting to know that no one will read it. It’s thrown in a pile with the rest of them and since I didn’t make it through, there really is no worth for it. I wish they’d just return it to me!

So despite feeling a bit down about this experience, I am glad that I took the chance. And I’m not going to stop singing because it’s a big part of who I am and I won’t be deterred to feel otherwise. At least having failed my audition, I won’t need to defer uni! I’m having a laugh now, thinking that I needed to take down some raunchy photos I have online. I can definitely feel safe about them now!

Even though I didn’t get very far (not even the first step!) in The X Factor Australia, it’s an experience that I will remember for a long time. It’s a real wake up call, and I advise that if you’re going to audition for the show, definitely be ready for it.

Thanks for reading,

March 13, 2012   11 Comments