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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.

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