Tears, tantrums just a formality
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.