Tears, tantrums just a for­mal­ity

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION -

ME­LANIE Vallejo (pic­tured) hosts Chan­nel 7’s new re­al­ity TV se­ries For­mal Wars. The eight-part ob­ser­va­tional drama cashes in on the $3 bil­lion a year school for­mal in­dus­try. It prom­ises tears, tantrums and tri­umphs as par­ents hi­jack the most im­por­tant so­cial event on the teen so­cial event. ‘‘It’s been so much fun host­ing this show and see­ing how th­ese kids re­act,’’ says Vallejo, best known for her role as So­phie Wong in Aus­tralian drama se­ries Win­ners & Losers. ‘‘This is the big­gest event in their lives and they have very strong views about what they want and how they want to look, the tur­moil cre­ated when we hand con­trol over to their par­ents is hi­lar­i­ous and at times sur­pris­ingly heart­warm­ing.’’ Each week, two high­school stu­dents get $2000 to put to­wards their school for­mal bill. In ex­change, their par­ents make im­por­tant de­ci­sions in­clud­ing what they wear, who they take on the date and how they ar­rive at the event. The se­ries is said to bor­row heav­ily from an­other net­work hit called Don’t Tell the Bride. South­ern sources say Queens­land is well rep­re­sented in the se­ries, with at least one con­tes­tant ru­moured to hail from the Gold Coast.

For­mal Wars: Com­ing soon, Seven, Prime7.

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