Thanks for the memories . . .
Charlotte Dawson enjoyed being part of a weird mob, writes
CHARLOTTE Dawson has made her exit from Celebrity Apprentice Australia with her sense of humour intact.
‘‘It was a once in a lifetime experience. I think I went as far as I could,’’ she says.
‘‘I’m hopeless with business things. This was a full-on challenge. What have I done with my life? I’ve modelled and I’ve worked in a modelling agency – I am not a business person. I suppose I was there to be the crazy, old person who provides the entertainment.’’
Dawson’s appearance in one challenge dressed as a pink flamingo and wearing little more than a few pink feathers, remains among this season’s more memorable moments.
‘‘Ah, my pink flamingo outfit. People were tweeting ‘I’m traumatised watching you dressed as a pink flamingo’. I tweeted back, ‘I hope your children are in bed so they’re not traumatised too’.’’
Dawson enjoyed the process of turning up every day and competing in challenges to raise cash for charity.
‘‘People say things ‘like this is rigged’, but I tell you, it is not. There are editors and producers, but at the end of the day we make the things happen that end up in the space that is the format.
‘‘This format is about teams competing – teams of D-list celebrities, people at the start or the end of their careers, so what you end up with is a mixed bag of weirdos.
‘‘Our job is to entertain people within the format, to make viewers say, ‘Who do they think they are?’, so you get in there and do your best. You need to have a sense of humour about yourself and if you look like an arsehole, well that’s your problem.
‘‘It’s not the editors and producers making something up.’’
Dawson’s exit last night leaves elite sportswoman Lauryn Eagle as the youngest and last woman standing to go through to a final challenge with comic Vince Sorrenti, television favourite Ian ‘‘Dicko’’ Dickson and former Amazing Race winner Nathan Jolliffe. The winner will be announced on Wednesday’s grand final show.
Dawson, meanwhile, a regular on the resting pay TV hit Australia’s Next Top Model, looks forward to the release of her new book, Memories of a Blow-up Doll, by publisher Allen & Unwin, later in the year.
‘‘It biographical, though tongue in cheek – not about me as a D-list celebrity but as a woman in my late 40s without a husband and kids,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a humorous take on the life cycle and on how women like are judged.
‘‘Men of my age, in my situation are George Clooney types; women are thought to be faulty or damaged. So I wrote a book with my girlfriend Jo that puts a humorous, positive spin on that.’’ Thursday and Wednesday, 8pm, Nine, NBN.
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