Rush to be ladies
CHANNEL 9 has been flooded with applications from young women wanting to be in the second season of Aussie Ladette to Lady. This will no doubt come as a worry to the show’s many critics, given the casting call seeks ‘‘party animals and domestic disasters who believe they can outdo the ladettes in series one with their foul mouths and drinking habits’’. But Karen Dewey, executive producer of Aussie Ladette, is adamant it supports, rather than exploits, contestants. ‘‘Girls have said (at audition), ‘If I really wanted to behave like this (poorly), I wouldn’t be here’,’’ Dewey says. Nicole Mitchell reckons she’s silenced those who say the show serves no purpose other than sparking community outrage. Mitchell, 21, who won series one, says her transformation from pole dancer to horticulture student (right) is proof the show can inspire contestants to change their lives for the better. ‘‘If I hadn’t gone on the program I’d still be stripping because I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do anything else,’’ Mitchell says. ‘‘The five weeks I spent there (Eggleston Hall finishing school in England) were just amazing.’’
Hunger for younger
SEVEN is preparing to launch Sonia Kruger’s makeover show, 10 Years Younger in 10 Days. The network says the show transforms couples ‘‘who are either stylechallenged or have simply let themselves go because of the constant juggling of work and family demands’’. Each week a husband-andwife team are given the chance to reclaim the years that got away. The show’s makeover teams work on everything from fitness to fashion, dental work and diet, cosmetic procedures and treatments. Before the makeover, however, Kruger sends the couple out on to the street so people can guess their age. ‘‘It’s completely possible to look 10 years younger in 10 days . . . and in some cases even more,’’ Kruger says.
Top Gig, says Barnes
AUSSIE rock legend Jimmy Barnes has been loving his first solo hosting job on the new pay-TV series My First Gig, which premieres on the MAX channel on April 13. At the production’s launch party, Barnes said how much he enjoyed working on the show. ‘‘Even though these artists are my friends and we have known each other for so long, we’ve never really had the chance to sit down and just talk about music, why it’s important to us and how we started out in the business,’’ Barnes says. Guests in the series include Neil Finn, Peter Garrett and Marcia Hines.
Farmer’s harvest time
NINE will tonight broadcast a two-hour series finale of The Farmer Wants a Wife from 7.30pm. Host Natalie Gruzlewski also welcomes the return of 10 of the most popular farmers from series one and two to find out how they’ve negotiated life beyond the show. ‘‘This series finale is the most moving and heart-warming I have ever been involved with,’’ Gruzlewski says.
Spooks spy future
THE ABC reckons it’s giving you a glimpse into TV’s future with award-winning Spooks Interactive— an online, mission-based game based on the characters and storylines from the sixth series of the spy drama Spooks. Visit www.abc.net.au/spooks for details. The ABC says the interactive game extends the television experience with its parallel storytelling and complex-but-not-complicated game-play.
SpongeBob Depp chance
Vet’s case book
CHRIS Brown, making a big impression as TV’s Bondi Vet, has branched into publishing. With the TV series climbing in the ratings, Brown has released the book Tales from a Bondi Vet, with further detail and background to stories featured on the show. JOHNNY Depp is one versatile heart-throb. In addition to making women swoon with his swashbuckling role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Depp has immersed himself in the world of animation. He lends his voice to a SpongeBob SquarePants special episode screening April 18 on payTV’s Nickelodeon. Depp voices the character Jack Kahuna Laguna, an enigmatic surf guru.