Advance Australia foul, our ladettes the worst
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.