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The Living Room: Do You Want Barry DuBois To Renovate Your Home?

Always watching those renovation shows and thinking it would be great to have someone come into your home to give it a bit of a razzle. Well now your chance to have Barry DuBois now on The Living Room but formerly of The Renovators to come and renovate your home. The catch is you must live in Brisbane.

Here are the details obtained from SourceBottle:


Ch10’s Lifestyle Program ‘THE LIVING ROOM’ are looking for BRISBANE based Renovations


Channel Ten’s Primetime lifestyle program; ‘THE LIVING ROOM’ is looking for BRISBANE based people looking to landscape, modify, or renovate their homes with the help of our resident reno extraordinaire, Barry Dubois!

If you would like Barry to come and help renovate your place please apply with the following details:
• Information about yourself (age, marital status, family, background, passions, what you do for work etc.)
• A recent photo of you and family, and the space to be renovated.
• Where you are located (in proximity to Brisbane city)
• Your budget for the renovation.
• Specify if you require council approval for the works.
• Your timeframe (ie. Are you ready to go now?)
• Your availability (ie. Are you able to take time off work?)
• Describe in detail what you would like to have done.

Please note we are looking for outgoing and interesting people who are comfortable appearing on camera. You will be involved in the filming process of the renovation, alongside Barry Dubois.

Note: you MUST have a budget you are prepared to put towards the renovation.

If this sounds like you, please send your application to:

Deadline is 15 February

Good luck with your applications!

February 12, 2013   10 Comments

Reality TV Shows Nominated (or not nominated!) for the 2012 Logies

The nominations for the 54th Annual Logie Awards were announced this afternoon, with many Aussie reality shows not making the cut into the small five-contender field of Most Popular Reality Program.

In the running is the award’s reigning champion and two-time winner, MasterChef Australia (Network Ten). But it’s not the only cooking show in the mix, with Channel Seven’s rival program My Kitchen Rules is also vying for the title.

Seven has the most nominees in field, with Beauty and the Geek Australia and The X Factor Australia also making the cut. And in the final slot to round off the nominees is The Block from the Nine Network.

If I had to predict the winner out of this bunch, my money would definitely be on either MasterChef or My Kitchen Rules! Seeing the popular of MKR at the moment does make me question what faith I have in Ten’s cooking series, but I will back Matt, George and Gary just for another year! Sure, the quality of the show has declined since the brilliant first season, but I still think it has the upperhand over MKR for the loyal fan base that it has.

But I do wonder how many votes were pulled away in favour for Junior MasterChef, even if the kids version of the show failed to make the top 5 list. In the end, I think people would have voted for MC because it really got the reality genre back where it belonged: at the top! However, MKR likely to take the crown in next year’s race. The show keeps getting better and better.

Now, back to the other nominees. I haven’t seen much of Beauty and The Geek Australia and The Block last year, but I don’t think neither have the support to win.

Same goes for The X Factor Australia, which I did watch religiously last year! It was too good to say no with Mel B and Natalie Bassingthwaighte rounding off an amazing panel of judges. It’s a singing show, so the mentors should be performers and not radio hosts! Though I must admit, in order to watch it, I had to give up on The Renovators. I would’ve stuck with Ten’s design show otherwise, but it was getting to a point that things weren’t moving quick enough. And surely, despite realityravings readers voting it the number one reality show in a recent poll, it failed in the ratings and hasn’t landed any Logie nominations. I don’t think there was much support by Ten in the Logie contenders submissions stage to begin with. No presenter from the show was put forward for Most Popular Television Presenter.

So it’s the five nominees for the category are: Beauty and the Geek AustraliaThe BlockMasterChef AustraliaMy Kitchen Rules and The X Factor Australia. I’m really not surprised by this list, but I must say this category is definitely one of the most competitive. We’re currently in a television landscape that sees reality shows doing generally better than Aussie dramas.

Two programs that have been consistently nominated in the last few years but dropped out of the field this year are The Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars. As a big supporter of last season’s families edition of Loser, I am upset that it hasn’t been included. It’s actually the show that I voted for! (Didn’t go for MasterChef because I knew it would have enough votes). On the other hand, I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars and it’s popularity has slightly dwindled over the last few years. It still rates considerably well, but struggles to receive the same buzz that it use to.

The good news for Loser fans is that trainer Tiffiny Hall is up for Most Popular New Female Talent! She’s unlikely to win being up against Underbelly‘s Anna McGahan and Chelsie Preston Crayford, Melissa Bergland from Winners & Losers and Demi Harman from Home and Away. But it’s lovely to see her nominated as she brought a different air to the program and livened it up! Realityraver seems to disagree with me about Tiffiny, so maybe she could chime in in the comments?

Realityraver’s Logie pick, The Amazing Race Australia also failed to land a nomination.

Also, not appearing this year is The Farmer Wants A Wife, hosted by Natalie Gruzlewski, who actually shared hosting duties with Bondi Vet‘s Chris Brown at the Logies nominations party in Sydney this afternoon. I’ll only consider voting for the dating show if we start seeing some gay farmers.

From the Nine shows, it was clear The Block would come out as their strongest contender. But some may be disappointed at the omission of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, which exceeded expectations and really delivered the goods by the end, with comedienne Julia Morris taking about the winning title. You can catch Julia as a presenter at the Logies when the awards special airs on April 15.

Of course, you might not be able to catch it live if you’re watching Dancing with the Stars or MasterChef instead! Seven, Nine and Ten are going all out to win ratings on the Sunday night. If last year’s ratings is any indication, MC has the upper hand in the TV battle, as it averaged 1.569 million viewers to the 1.363 million the Logies pulled. Though, Nine did have the highest overall share for the night (Source:

On another note, I know not many people watch The Family on SBS, but it was really interesting viewing for me to watch the Cardamones in their suburban family life in Melbourne over a few months time. It definitely got me wanting to see Big Brother on air again. It’s a shame the fly-on-the-wall program isn’t being recognised anywhere. It could have been nominated for Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program (peer-voted as opposed to viewer-voted), but the Logie judging panels obviously don’t agree with my praise for the SBS show.

Speaking of Big Brother, maybe we’ll see it nominated next year in Most Popular Reality Program? That’s only if it doesn’t flop and Nine’s willing to put it up for submission, which is something Network Ten didn’t do for the last series. Since it was axed, they just didn’t bother. I was very upset when the show was missing from the initial voting ballot in early 2009 (for the 2008 television year).

And lastly, if you’re wondering why Australia’s Got Talent hasn’t had a mention in this category, it’s because Seven has been submitting the show in another field: Most Popular Light Entertainment Program. It’s definitely an easier category to break into, when you’re going up against shows like Sunrise, and in previous years, Deal or No Deal. Though I really don’t understand why Seven would qualify the program as light entertainment when it’s a talent quest just like The X Factor Australia. The season that saw young singer Jack Vidgen win the competition, is also nominated for Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program.

A full list of nominees can be found here.

You can see who wins on The 54th Annual Logie Awards, airing Sunday April 15 on Channel Nine.

March 18, 2012   9 Comments

The Logies – Vote For The Best Reality TV Show – The Renovators Should Be Considered

The TV Week The Logies is now open for voting and one category is Best Reality TV Show and regular reader Picnic contacted me and suggested a campaign to get some support for people to vote for The Renovators.

Interestingly The Renovators was probably one of the most vilified programs by the mainstream media, however it was voted best reality TV show of 2011 on this blog at the end of the year.

It appeared the viewers who were actually watching it, liked it.

The Renovators was deemed to be the most expensive flop of 2011 with poor ratings, and there were flaws in the show, mainly consistency, clarity and the viewers not seeing enough of the houses being renovated. Also there were too many contestants so it was hard to connect with a lot of them until they were whittled down. However the contestants were entertaining and had some depth to them as did the cast. We saw some great design and renovation talent.

Barry Dubois also was one of the most favourite personalities on this blog for 2011, when the show was screening he was accessible to his fans via Twitter. Hopefully we will see him on our screens again this year in another show.

However it does deserve  some acknowledgement, so on Picnics behalf if you are thinking of voting for the Logies (the link is here) consider giving a vote to The Renovators.

February 14, 2012   4 Comments

The Renovators – Did Michael Cheat By Getting Around His Budget

The Renovators appears to have been demolished from Network Ten’s schedule however there appears to be some collateral damage emerging with allegations the winner, Michael Lynch, cheated.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Michael Lynch made a deal with a local plumber for free work if he mentioned him on the show.

The article states:

However, a source close to the show claims Lynch broke the rules by using free labour from Sydney plumber Michael Sidaros in Blacktown, whom Lynch allegedly promised free on-air plugs in exchange for gratis plumbing.

“The deal was for the plumber to receive some free promotion on the show and for that he did quite a significant amount of work for free,” said a set insider.

But the on-air plugs failed to materialise on the low-rating TV turkey and, subsequently, Sidaros’s plumbing company, Dr H2O Plumbing and Maintenance, is now seeking compensation to the tune of $15,000.

Contacted yesterday, Sidaros confirmed he is seeking compensation for “around $15,000” of plumbing work but declined to say any more “for legal reasons”.

Lynch told Confidential he was unable to comment, while a rep for Shine Australia bosses Mark and Carl Fennessy said the production company “would not be making any comment on the matter”.

On the show each house to be renovated had a strict budget they had to adhere to.

In other Renovators news, the rumour circulating is that there will be a spin-off lifestyle program.

According to TV Tonight:

The [TEN] network is currently calling for homeowners ‘in desperate need of renovating advice and help” for an unnamed new Lifestyle show.

“If you have a DIY job gone wrong, a bad taste interior disaster, or you’re paralysed by ideas and don’t know where to start? Then we want to hear from you! Tell us your renovation budget and we’ll add our design expertise, manpower and materials to help you get the biggest bang for your buck,” says the TEN website.

But be warned. To apply you must own your own home, partake in the renovation and make a financial contribution.

More infomation should emerge about this in the future months about this new show.


February 10, 2012   7 Comments

Looks Like The Renovators and Junior Masterchef Are Gone

Network Ten’s new Chief Executive James Warbuton started this week, and it looks like he will axe reality shows The Renovators and Junior Masterchef.

He thinks the Network relies too heavily on the big name reality shows for ratings.

In an article in the Daily Telegraph he gave his view about these matters.

As he entered his new office for the first time yesterday, Mr Warburton said Ten’s dependence on the reality programs that take up much of its schedule had to be reduced.

“We’ve got to do more than that, and have more of a connection with the viewer on multiple fronts throughout the course of a week,” he said.

Other sources close to Ten indicated Junior MasterChef and The Renovators were set to be two of the first programs to get the chop under the Warburton regime, as Ten sought a greater range of programming to win viewers.

He also talked a little bit about his strategy to bring the viewers back to Network Ten.

Part of that rebuilding will be developing a broader consistency in programming outside the network’s big reality franchises, boosted by a $50 million injection of funds into programming in 2012.

“We now have a number of new franchises such as Young Talent Time, which add a layer of depth and consistency to our schedule,” he said.

“We need to have more depth for the viewer and we need to ensure as many viewers as possible have an appointment to view programs consistently throughout the week.”

 Well Junior Masterchef had had its day, and it appeared only readers of this blog watched and liked The Renovators, which I thought the few people who were watching it got a lot out of it. There have been rumours for years there will be a Professional Masterchef series like they have in the UK, however I am hoping it will be more like Top Chef in challenges and also with talented unknown chefs battling it out for the prize.

January 3, 2012   13 Comments