Thanks for the mem­o­ries . . .

Char­lotte Daw­son en­joyed be­ing part of a weird mob, writes

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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.

Char­lotte Daw­son chan­nels a pink flamingo for

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