Q& A

HIGH ROAD, LOW ROAD, RACHAEL FINCH

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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!

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