Category — Helen Manuell
So, I’ve missed a couple of episodes! What’s happened? Well, thank god Claudia’s here to tell us. “Three have left Hell’s Kitchen (shots of Jody, Grant and Bruce). Tonight, Marco picks his final four!” At this early stage, I’m going to predict that he gets rid of one of the women, just to balance things out, but I’m still keen to know what Grant and Bruce did to get the arse.
Our contestants get up to find that the backyard has been converted into a petting zoo. Ade is the first to discover them, when he investigates the source of some bleating. Naturally, precedent leads him to speculate that they will have to “slaughter them in cold blood”, a suspicion shared by Niomi. Actually, the mission is not to slaughter them, but to bottle feed them. Linda and Danielle get the lambs up on their laps and Linda even gives hers a kiss. I hesitate to point this out, but do the celebs think that because they got to feed, rather than kill, the lambs it means the lambs are – ahem – off the hook? Perhaps they really will be sent to a lovely farm to frolic and… well, you know the rest.
Are the lambs safe? Find out, after the jump.
October 13, 2009 Comments Off on Hell’s Kitchen – Marco’s last sacking
One of the designers that made the show so memorable was the Frockmaker, Helen Manuell. She polarised people with her utter self confidence and her ‘I am here to win attitude”. She gave great reality TV.
Even though she finished sixth, being on the show has certainly increased her profile and business and this year she plans to launch a ready to wear collection.
Helen kindly agreed to be interviewed by Reality Raver.
Reality Raver:Helen I thought you were one of the designers on the show that made the Australian version of Project Runway so successful. You were a “˜character’ on the show that people either loved or hated. Were you surprised by the amount of screen time you received?
RR: Was there anything you would have done differently whilst you were on the show?
RR: Do you think the way you were portrayed on the show was an accurate reflection on who you are?
RR:You were unable to contact your daughter while you were on the show, which must have been extremely difficult. How do you juggle your job with your responsibilities of being a mother (funny how dad’s never get asked these questions!)?
RR: What was your least favourite outfit?
RR: Any tips for any would be next season’s contestants
RR: If you could go on any other reality TV show, other then Project Runway, what would it be?
RR: What are your plans for 2009?
For more information on her designs go to Manuell and Moore.
January 22, 2009 3 Comments
November 15, 2008 Comments Off on Project Runway’s Lui Hon Wag’s Dress For Sale On Ebay
Last nights episode on the fabulously entertaining Project Runway Australia was riveting as the designers had to work with the already eliminated designers as their muses to designer a winter outfit that was white, structured and tailored. The big carrot however was the eliminated designer in the winning team would be allowed back into the competition.
The much maligned Helen Manuell (yes I know she has her painful moments) had to take her partner Petrova to task as she was trying to take over the design by pointing out she was the designer still in the competition and Petrova was to assist her. She quite rightly pointed out she was the designer still in the competition so if she was going to be eliminated it would be her mistake that would do it. Also Petrova got into a funk when Helen unpicked her sewing and redid it. She was right and it was something Julie have heeded to by trying to satisfy the many whims of her partner Deb which almost saw her eliminated.
Anyway Helen designed a funky suit which matched the brief perfectly and Petrova is now back in the competition. I hope she gave Helen a big thank you.
This week TV Week had an interview with Helen Manuell which queried whether she was the new queen of mean taking over from Omarosa from The Apprentice. However Helen strikes back.
She states that she was presented as a diva. “Rightly or wrongly, I don’t know, but at the end of the day, if the others can’t do their stuff… well, of course they’ve got to blame someone. They’ve blamed me and I have to be honest – I’m getting a little sick of it.”
On the suggestion she acted like a martyr by helping people finish their pieces she responded “I choose to help people. They can see me however they want. Maybe it’s their shortcomings that make them see me as a martyr, but I didn’t see myself as one. It’s pretty black and white – if I want to help, I will.”
Her response to why she rubs people the wrong way. “I’m larger then life and I say it how it is. If people don’t like it, well, go and crawl back into bed. I’ve had a lot of diversity in my life, and if I don’t trust my instincts at my age, I may as well not be there. Everyone else is stressing and I don’t stress. If they see that as my shortcoming, good luck to them.”
She was asked how she felt when people on the show saying they could not stand her. “I was surprised that there was that level of… that people didn’t actually like me. And you think, “How much can you help people? Why not like people just because they’re good at their job?” I did my job, I did what I was there for.”
On the most hurtful things that were said on the show – “I know Leigh said quite a few things, and so did Juli and Brent, but they warned me things had been said. Leigh’s “beached whale” comment in the second episode – he was mortified he said it. He told me it was tongue in cheek and I said, “It’s OK love – if you didn’t say it, I would be the first one to say it.”
On the accusations she was a name dropper in the Brownlow Medal challenge – ” It’s all in the editing. I knew when I started doing the show I would be portrayed as the arrogant bitch, but it’s a TV show and I was cast as a character. [The producers] knew my skin would be thick enough to cope with whatever dirt was thrown at me.
Helen is glad she did the show and would do it again but would go harder. “Go hard or go home! I’d be really catty. KNowing what I know now, I would give them so much more.”
She will be at the finale and she is looking forward to it. “It’ll be interesting. There’ll be a few people who are a little sheepish. The fur will fly at the finale.”
Villain or victim you decide.
August 12, 2008 8 Comments