Ad­vance Aus­tralia foul, our ladettes the worst

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Out Box Of The - ERIN McWHIRTER

THE al­co­hol-guz­zling, foul-mouthed and vul­gar stars of Aus­tralia’s ver­sion of the Ladette to Lady TV se­ries have been deemed the worst bunch of con­tes­tants in the world.

Dis­ci­plinar­ian and cook­ery teacher Rose­mary Shrager, who has played men­tor in three UK and one US sea­son of the pop­u­lar re­al­ity pro­gram, says the Aus­tralian con­tes­tants’ at­ti­tudes were worse than the Bri­tish ladettes and on a par with the ap­palling Amer­i­can cast.

It’s a huge call con­sid­er­ing Shrager, along with the pro­gram’s head­mistress Gill Harbord and be­hav­iour coach Liz Brewer, have con­fronted some nasty con­tes­tants in­clud­ing one who spat in Harbord’s face.

‘‘I was se­ri­ously shocked, com­pletely and ut­terly shocked by their be­hav­iour,’’ the Lon­don-based Shrager says.

‘‘They were just aw­ful and they came in with the most hor­ri­ble at­ti­tude I have ever seen. They were loud, they were rude and they were in your face.

‘‘They are one of the worst groups. They came in equal with the Amer­i­cans, who were just as bad.’’

The eight way­ward Aus­tralian par­tic­i­pants trav­elled to Eg­gle­ston Hall, a fin­ish­ing school in the north­east of Eng­land, for six weeks late last year to film the Chan­nel 9 se­ries.

The net­work de­cided to film a lo­cal se­ries af­ter the suc­cess of the UK ver­sion, which screened in Aus­tralia last year.

With news of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ing $53 mil­lion into curb­ing teenage binge drink­ing, Shrager ad­mits the Aussie con­tes­tants had ma­jor al­co­hol-abuse is­sues.

‘‘It was tough, but we had to re­ally help them through their is­sues and get them out of drink­ing so much,’’ she says.

The se­ries doesn’t pre­miere un­til midFe­bru­ary, but the Aus­tralian ladettes have al­ready gen­er­ated in­ter­na­tional head­lines thanks to their wild an­tics dur­ing a flight to Bri­tain to film the se­ries.

Cabin crew had to of­fi­cially warn the girls af­ter pas­sen­gers com­plained of swear­ing and the telling of ob­scene sto­ries.

‘‘They are an ob­nox­ious bunch,’’ Shrager says. ‘‘That in­ci­dent has been in ev­ery na­tional news­pa­per here (in Eng­land). Those girls to­tally mis­be­haved and up­set peo­ple on that flight.

‘‘They were rude and the things they did were shock­ing. I can’t say much be­cause it will all be re­vealed in the show.’’


the Aussie Ladette to Lady line-up.

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