COME CLEAN

SPRING CLEAN­ING IS SAID TO CLEANSE THE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE SOUL. IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEA­SON, WE IN­VITED A FEW CELEBS TO HANG OUT THE LAUN­DRY

Central Queensland News - - READ - WORDS: DENISE RAWARD

TIMOMATIC

Nige­rian-born Tim Omaji rose to fame as a con­tes­tant on So You Think You Can Dance be­fore prov­ing he was a singer-song­writer as well, fin­ish­ing third on Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent in 2011 and fol­low­ing up with a string of hit sin­gles and two EPs. Now a judge on the Seven Net­work’s Dance Boss, it seems he won’t be moth­balling every­thing from his win­ter wardrobe.

OK, here it is. I would like to come clean that I can’t go to sleep, sum­mer or win­ter, with­out wear­ing socks. It can be the hottest night of the year and I’ll have my socks on — they’re some­times the only thing I have on. It’s the weird­est thing but my feet get cold. I don’t re­ally have a favourite pair. Any socks will do the job. I never kick them off in the night. They’re al­ways still on in the morn­ing. It started a long time ago and now I just can’t get to sleep with­out them.

ARJ BARKER

Billed as Aus­tralia’s favourite Amer­i­can co­me­dian, Arj first ap­peared at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val in 2000 and never re­ally left. He co-starred as Dave in the Emmy-nom­i­nated Flight of the

Con­chords, the HBO tele­vi­sion series about two Ki­wis try­ing to make it big in New York City. Arj loves every­thing about Aus­tralia, ex­pect for one thing.

I HATED CAR RAC­ING MOST OF MY LIFE ... IT WAS SO BOR­ING.”

I know it’s not that pop­u­lar to say, but I think go­ing to the beach is su­per over­rated. I get that peo­ple love it, and I’m happy for them, but per­son­ally I think sit­ting in the sand, look­ing at the ocean is fun for about all of three min­utes. Why don’t I go swim­ming, you ask? Be­cause the wa­ter is about -20 de­grees, and there are mon­sters in it, but other than that, I re­ally don’t know. But thanks any­way, I think I’ll just stay here on the dune, get­ting sand in ev­ery crevice of my body (and don’t for­get all the sand I’ll get in my food and elec­tron­ics) and soak­ing up deadly UV rays, be­cause that’s what the beach is all about. But wait, I want to feel inse­cure about my body. Thank God there are lots of peo­ple strolling around wear­ing next to noth­ing who look like they just walked out of a tat­too-themed Sports

Il­lus­trated photo shoot. Luck­ily I’m still wear­ing my hoodie, en­sur­ing that I con­tinue to feel su­per un­com­fort­able and out of place. The beach is a nice place to visit for many peo­ple, and that’s a won­der­ful thing. I’ll be in the for­est if you need me.

JESS EVA

Ra­dio an­nouncer Jess and her builder fi­ancee Norm Ho­gan have taken on the chal­lenge to trans­form The Gatwick in this sea­son of The

Block. The Queensland cou­ple have two chil­dren, four and one, and say if they walk away with any money from the series, they might be able to af­ford a wed­ding — where Jess’s con­fes­sion may well get an­other air­ing.

Now, this con­fes­sion has got to do with one of the hap­pi­est days of our lives, of Norm’s life. When I was preg­nant, Norm wanted to take me to the beach. I said, ‘Why do we need to go to the beach?’ As we were walk­ing along the beach, he dropped to one knee and pro­posed to me. I was re­ally shocked with mouth move­ments and things and I put my hands up to my head but what Norm doesn’t know is that I knew he was go­ing to pro­pose to me be­cause I’d read his text mes­sages a cou­ple of nights be­fore. I saw the in­ter­est-free fi­nance ap­proved from the jew­ellers, 40 months in­ter­est-free, that he’d ap­plied for and he’d got the con­fir­ma­tion text. So when he said, ‘Do you want to go for a walk along the beach’, I just said, ‘Why? I’ll be all right thanks’ just to see him squirm. Of course I went in the end. But, to this day, he thinks that it was a sur­prise.

LIAM TAL­BOT

It might be dif­fi­cult to see the GT rac­ing driver in quite the same light af­ter hear­ing his con­fes­sion. It seems there’s a rea­son Liam came late to the rac­ing scene as a 30-year-old.

I hated car rac­ing most of my life. I couldn’t watch a race, it was so bor­ing. Now it’s my pro­fes­sion.

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