HIGH ROAD, LOW ROAD, RACHAEL FINCH
Rachael Finch has the Midas touch, it seems. A successful modelling career led to her reign as Miss Universe Australia, and when she then turned her attention to the small screen, she acquitted herself well as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity MasterChef.
And now she’s landed a plum job on Seven’s travel program High Road, Low Road, which sees her and Tom Williams flipping a coin each week to see who’ll holiday in the lap of luxury and who’ll enjoy a more down-to-earth trip.
Rachael, High Road, Low Road strikes me as a very cool idea for a travel program.
It’s a really nice concept, and when they came to me with it I was very excited because you’ve got your normal travel shows where they have one journey, one path, one destination, but here it’s almost like a competition between Tom and I as to who can have the better time. Obviously the coin toss at the start determines who gets the high road and who gets the low, so the show can appeal to people who want to spend a little cash to have a high-end holiday experience, and those people who are on a budget. It’s really entertaining and a really good idea, I think.
How many episodes have you filmed, and where did they take you?
We’ve done six episodes. We’ve gone to North Queensland, near where I’m from in Townsville, and New Zealand, and we’ve also gone over to the States where we did Los
So who won the bulk of the coin tosses?
It’s been half and half, which is fair! But you know what, I actually prefer the low road. Don’t get me wrong, taking the high road can be fantastic but for me the low road often makes it a lot more fun. You mix with the locals, you really get a feel for the spirit and the culture of the place. We have an episode in New York – I’m taking the low road – where I’m on the subway, and there are always buskers looking to make a few dollars on the train, so I pulled out five dollars and said ‘ Who wants to make a little money? Sing me the first line of your favourite song!’ And we had all these people clamouring to sing for us, which was great.
So are you given a daily budget to play with whether you’re on the high or low road?
Well, because of the differing currencies and costs of the places we went to, we realised it would be a bit complicated, so in the end we decided that the person on the high road would have an unlimited budget while the one on the low road had to stick to a budget. So I suppose the low road is aimed at the reasonable traveller who wants to have fun without breaking the bank, and we find that there are usually great things that are cheap or even free.
Tom never gave you the high road if it was somewhere you really wanted to go?
He didn’t, but he didn’t need to because the places we visited had great elements at both ends of the spectrum, high and low. Quite frankly, I was just happy to be travelling! So I didn’t really mind.
You’ve signed a contract with Seven, right? And this is your first show for the network?
This is my very first project for Seven, and it’s really a dream job. I was very grateful for every day I was doing it. After my run as Miss Universe Australia finished, I was speaking to a couple of different networks, and one thing led to another, really. Ideally, I’d like to be doing just what I’m doing now … but if you asked anyone, they’d probably say the same thing!