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When Two Reality Shows Collide….

Celebrities Run The Foxtel Lap For Charity

Don’t you love it when two of your favourite reality TV shows merge. Above is a picture of Demelza winner of this year’s Australia’s Next Top Model, wearing Project Runway Australia runner up Leigh Buchanan’s tutu dress which he designed for the catwalk show.

Demelza here “˜Foxtel Lap’ on November 14 in Sydney. The event is designed to raise money and awareness for the the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Somehow I don’t think Demelza was doing any running in those shoes.

For an update on what Leigh Buchanan is up to go here.

November 16, 2008   Comments Off on When Two Reality Shows Collide….

Reality Tidbits

Leigh Buchanan Looking For Financial Backing For His Label.
Leigh Buchanan the runner up of Project Runway Australia is looking for a backer for his fashion label. Leigh’s was one of the stand out collections from the final three.

In the meantime he has been showing another creation of his to the public. His character Barb – a ’70’s housewife character who wears a rich red dress and cool curly wig came out at a drag show at The Powerhouse in Brisbane this week.

For a further update on what is happening to Leigh post Project Runway go to previous interview here.

Bobby Flynn To Record A Covers Album
You can take the boy out of Australian Idol, but can you take Australian Idol out of the boy. Bobby Flynn has announced he will be working on a covers album to be released next year. If he rearranges covers like he did on Idol, I will willingly buy it.

Bobby’s baby girl Indigo is now three months old. Very sweet.

Sonia Kruger Still Married
Apparently Sonia Kruger did not wear her wedding ring on Sunday night on Dancing With The Stars. This sent her fans into meltdown. Be reassured she is still married she just chose to wear costume jewellery on the night.

Gordon Ramsey to Open Restaurant in Melbourne.
Gordon Ramsey will open a restaurant called Maze in the Crown Casino complex in Melbourne. This is just one of the many restaurants he owns around the world. The opening is planned for the beginning of 2010.

Bogan’s Wanted By Fat Pizza Creators For Reality TV Show. states that Fat Pizza creator Paul Fenech wants Bogans to audition for his new show which will be like Bogan Idol. The prize will be something better then a “Centrelink cheque”. Sounds like it will be a show just making fun at people. Click the above link if interested.

November 14, 2008   Comments Off on Reality Tidbits

Leigh Buchanan Updates Reality Raver On Life After Project Runway Australia


With Project Runway Season Five starting tonight it is perfect time to hear what Leigh Buchanan the runner up from Project Runway Australia is up to.

Leigh was the perfect reality TV contestant with a great personality mixed with real design talent who kept us amused each week with his one liners and outstanding outfits.

Many people thought his amazing final collection should have won instead of the beautiful but safe designs of Juli Grbac. For another look at his fabulous collection go to

Leigh kindly agreed to an interview where he revealed we will be hearing more from him, and what Lui’s final collection was like.

Unfortunately for Leigh there was no $10,000 fan favourite prize. But hopefully next year Arena or one of the sponsors might stump up the cash for the series to have a fan favourite as they do in the US version.

Reality Raver:What has happened to you since appearing on Project Runway Australia? Have any business or career opportunities eventuated? What would you like to do?

Leigh Buchanan: I’ve had squillions of ladies asking me for wedding dresses and formal dresses and ball gowns, and also lots of interest in my menswear, a few guys who’d like to get married in brocade kilts and my brocade skinnies. Also trialling a Sunday night gig on Nova in Brisbane with Meshel Laurie called “Camp as Tits!” and, just for now, back at Easton Pearson behind a sewing machine…

RR: Do you think the way you were portrayed on the show was an accurate reflection on who you are?

LB: I think it really has shown one side of me VERY well. It really is the fun and crazy Leigh my friends and family know all too well. I was just hoping that people would see my creativity rather than just my comedy. Being a fully fledged Gemini, I have many faces, and Project Runway didn’t really show the downside to my hi-jinks, my lack of confidence and the constant stress that puts me under, but I loved the show, I cringed occasionally, but laughed so much it hurt!!!

RR: How many weeks was Project Runway filmed over as it seem as the show progressed you all looked noticeably tired.

LB: We were all EXHAUSTED!!! It was far more grueling than any of us expected. It was filmed in 5 weeks each challenge usually taking 3 days. One day to find out the challenge, which sometimes took us all over Melbourne, finding out the task, changing locations, getting the fabric etc. One day (two if we were lucky) to make the garment and then a whole day to film the Runway (which under the stress and strong lighting, always gave me a killer headache).

We were also lucky, for the first couple of weeks, to get a day off in between, but that was in lockdown, and often included lots of interviews.

RR: To me you were the perfect reality TV contestant – producing great work plus lots of personality. Were you surprised at the amount of screen time you were given?

LB: A few of us did seem to get a lot of airtime, but it was television, and the contestants that used that did well…

It was hard to have cameras pointed us at all times, but I found by giving them what they wanted, I got more time to do what had to get done.

RR: How long did it take to adjust to the cameras?

LB: It did take few days, it was hard and frustrating having to stop all the time and shoot everything three times from different angles and still try to look interested or surprised, which led Brent and I to do lots of over-acting, but by the end we were pros!

RR: You mentioned in the show that sometimes you did not feel great about yourself. Has being on the show helped with your self esteem/self confidence?

LB: It has made me more confident publicly, but I’m still human with the same issues I’ve always had… but working on it!

RR: I am from Sydney so I know a few guys that want to know the answer to this – are you seeing anyone?
LB: Hahaha! I’m constantly single, my problem seems to be that I’m too romantic… not into randoms… want a fiance (I think they’re a better idea than husbands).

RR: What was your favourite outfit you designed on the show?
LB: Each piece of my collection – they’re my babies and each have VERY special significances, and the wedding dress of course!!!

RR:I understand at the final there were five collections shown to ensure the top 3 was kept a secret. One was Lui‘s what was his collection like?

LB: OMG Lui would have won with his collection if he’d made it to the final 3. It was half mens/half womenswear, lots of knits and leather with interesting pieces that could be worn different ways… genius!

RR: Any tips for any would be next season’s contestants?
LB: Be calm, expect it to be more full on than you could ever expect, but enjoy the ride. It is lots of fun too!!! Oh and be able to sew!!!

RR: If you could go on any other reality TV show, other then Project Runway, what would it be?

LB: Well… I auditioned for Australian Idol twice hahaha! So maybe It Takes Two???

RR: You must be miffed that there was no fan favourite in the Australian version of the show as you would have had a great chance of winning it.

LB: Oh so totally miffed!! I am actually rather poor, and the $10,000 they get on the US version would have been very handy indeed because I REALLY NEED A HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 1, 2008   3 Comments