Kings of the couch

Gog­gle­box stars Wayne and Tom re­turn to share their views on what’s hot on the box, writes ANNA BRAIN

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FROM their couch in sub­ur­ban Mel­bourne to the streets of Paris, these days Gog­gle­box stars Wayne and Tom are well-known faces.

The long­time part­ners won a cult fol­low­ing in sea­son one, as they sipped cock­tails and cack­led their way through hours of TV, seem­ingly in­tent on crack­ing each other up – which is ex­actly what the show is all about.

“It was weird at first, hav­ing peo­ple com­ing up to us, the first time it re­ally hap­pened was at a Kylie con­cert in Mel­bourne,” Wayne says.

“We hadn’t even made it in the gates and peo­ple were want­ing self­ies. It was re­ally good. And on hol­i­days in Europe it was mind-blow­ing, ev­ery coun­try we went through we were recog­nised.”

While they were away, Wayne, 45, popped the ques­tion to Tom, com­plete with a diamond ring, in the ro­man­tic set­ting of the Eif­fel Tower.

Though it was hap­pily ac­cepted, he says they have no plans to tie the knot any time soon.

“Yeah, I said to Tom that I don’t want to get mar­ried un­til it’s le­gal in Aus­tralia,” he says.

“If my own coun­try can’t recog­nise the

value of peo­ple like us, I won’t do it. I only want to do this once.

“You’re talk­ing about civil rights, be­cause if Tom was sick and I had to pull the plug, I’m legally not al­lowed to do it.” (For his part, Tom, 47, says, “Yeah but I’ve told you you’re not al­lowed to do it.”)

As much as he adores his blingy new jew­ellery, com­plete with one

pink

diamond, Tom says his idea of mar­riage is to set a good ex­am­ple for his three kids, who are now adults.

“How old is our youngest, 21? So Wayne’s been there for 15 years of the kids’ lives. I al­ready feel mar­ried, if that makes sense.

“I would like to get mar­ried, and for my kids as well. To show them that sta­ble re­la­tion­ships can hap­pen. You know, all their friends are di­vorced. Me and their mother are di­vorced. I’d like them to see that not all re­la­tion­ships are fail­ures.”

The first sea­son of Gog­gle­box Aus­tralia, a co-pro­duc­tion from Fox­tel and Chan­nel 10, was a sur­prise rat­ings hit. It was a welcome change and some­thing of a nov­elty for au­di­ences who have been force-fed a steady diet of ren­o­va­tion and cook­ing re­al­ity TV. But Tom isn’t sure what sea­son two will hold.

“Maybe this is ego, but I’m a bit wor­ried about this sea­son,” he says.

“Last time, we had no ex­pec­ta­tions. Be­cause we’ve had such a great re­ac­tion … I mean, when we got en­gaged, thou­sands of peo­ple looked and com­mented on our Face­book. Who the hell would think that thou­sands of peo­ple would care? Now I think, do they have ex­pec­ta­tions? I was just be­ing me.”

Wayne says they are each other’s yin and yang, though Tom is quick to point out, “I’m the pretty one.” But fans of the boys’ happy home dy­namic will be quick to no­tice the ab­sence of their beloved pooch Sati, who sadly passed away in July. Tom says that while she can never be re­placed, they will welcome a new pet to the couch when the time is right.

“We’d been talk­ing about get­ting a new dog,” he says.

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