Gale force

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP

SHE’S walked enough of the world’s cat­walks and worn suf­fi­cient de­signer clothes to know at a glance what’s in, what’s out and what works.

So when model Me­gan Gale was of­fered the chance to step into the shoes of de­part­ing host Kristy Hinze on the new sea­son of Pro­ject Run­way Aus­tralia, she knew the role was the per­fect fit. The fact she could also be in­volved as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer was the ic­ing on the cake.

Jug­gling the role of host and judge for se­ries three of the re­al­ity show, which in­volves 12 Aus­tralian fash­ion de­sign­ers bat­tling it out in a se­ries of weekly chal­lenges, meant Gale ( pic­tured) had to re­lo­cate to Mel­bourne for six weeks.

By the half­way mark, she ad­mit­ted she was feel­ing the pace of the long days, but that was noth­ing com­pared with the pres­sure on the con­tes­tants.

‘‘ It’s been chal­leng­ing but sat­is­fy­ing,’’ Gale says ahead of a run­way judg­ing session mid­way through film­ing the show.

‘‘ The con­tes­tants are a hugely tal­ented and very hun­gry bunch. They’re di­verse in terms of both their char­ac­ters and what they put out on the cat­walk each week.’’

While the Amer­i­can ver­sion of the re­al­ity show has made stern-faced judg­ing its sig­na­ture, Gale says she and fel­low judges Kir­rily John­ston and Jar­rad Clark have opted for a slightly softer – al­beit still hon­est – ap­proach.

‘‘ The hard­est thing for me has been these elim­i­na­tion days,’’ Gale says.

‘‘ We three judges make the de­ci­sion col­lec­tively, but I’m the one who ul­ti­mately de­liv­ers the ver­dict.

‘‘ That’s hard be­cause we ap­pre­ci­ate the work they’re putting in and, at the end of the day, it’s their life goal and dream. I feel like I’m shat­ter­ing it ev­ery time I have to tell some­one to go.’’

Fash­ion de­signer and Gale’s great mate Alex Perry has taken up the men­tor­ing role for the con­tes­tants this sea­son. This shows an­other side to Perry from his bitchy judge per­sona on an­other Fox­tel pro­ject, Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model.

Gale and Perry see dif­fer­ent sides to the 12 hope­fuls through­out chal­lenge week.

‘‘ I see them at the start and the end of the chal­lenge. He sees them when the pres­sure is on and they’re un­rav­el­ling,’’ Gale says and the re­sult is ‘‘ a fab­u­lous cre­ative bub­ble’’.

She also hopes it is equally great tele­vi­sion.

‘‘ What you see walk­ing down the run­way early in the se­ries is in­cred­i­ble stuff done un­der pres­sure with time re­stric­tions, stress and a lim­ited bud­get,’’ she says.

‘‘ When the fi­nal three go away with time to pro­duce a 10-piece col­lec­tion, that’s when we’ll see them shine.

‘‘ I have a feel­ing that not only the win­ner will get the spoils of be­ing in­volved with the show. I hope more than one ca­reer is launched here.’’

Pro­ject Run­way, Arena, Mon­day, 8pm

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