FES­TIVE SPIRIT

CHARLI ROBIN­SON SET TO SPARKLE ON OUR SCREENS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

It’s the most mag­i­cal time of the year and Get­away host Charli Robin­son will be bright­en­ing your screens to­mor­row night to make it a lit­tle more mag­i­cal.

“Ev­ery year Chan­nel Nine do a Christ­mas spe­cial and it’s al­ways with Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly,” she says.

“It’s es­sen­tially bring­ing the mag­a­zine to life, ev­ery sec­tion in that edi­tion of Women’s Weekly has a seg­ment on the show. So there’s dif­fer­ent peo­ple host­ing dif­fer­ent seg­ments and this year I got to host two sec­tions that I re­ally love – fash­ion and craft.

“It was re­ally ex­cit­ing, be­ing my very first year be­ing a part of it be­cause I re­mem­ber watch­ing it ev­ery year with my fam­ily, so when they asked I was like, ‘oh my God yes!’”

Charli will lever­age her ex­pe­ri­ence in fash­ion and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment to host two of the show’s most pop­u­lar sec­tions.

But there was one mo­ment in par­tic­u­lar that got the Broadbeach lo­cal in the Christ­mas spirit.

“I went be­hind the scenes on the Women’s Weekly fash­ion shoot, where they go through all the beau­ti­ful fash­ion looks you can wear to things like Christ­mas lunch,” she says.

“And ac­tu­ally there was a male and fe­male model there and they were just in­cred­i­ble, and I said ‘wow, you guys have amaz­ing chem­istry’.

“It turns out they were dat­ing, and the shoot they did to­gether be­fore this one he ac­tu­ally got down on one knee and pro­posed mid-shoot.

“It was just beau­ti­ful how lovingly they looked at each other, it re­ally got me into the Christ­mas spirit.”

The craft sec­tion, Charli says, was par­tic­u­larly fun for her as it gave her another op­por­tu­nity to get kids up and hav­ing fun – it might even give the par­ents a run for their money.

“We used to find that at Hi-5 par­ents were al­ways say­ing they were so happy be­cause it got their kids ex­cited to pick up a toy or sing and dance – just get cre­ative,” she says.

“So this seg­ment we’re dec­o­rat­ing pine cones and mak­ing snow­men.

“I was like ‘oh I’ve got this, I made th­ese all the time when I was a kid,’ but they’re su­per in­tense! They’ve got heads and char­ac­ters now.

“So I think it will kind of in­spire kids to get off their phones or tablets or what­ever but it’s up to the par­ents as well to say ‘come on, let’s go find some pinecones’.”

In case you haven’t no­ticed, Charli loves the silly sea­son, and this year De­cem­ber 25 will be spent sur­rounded by loved ones across two states.

“For 10 years I was host­ing the Mel­bourne Carols by Can­dle­light and it was re­ally hard,” she says.

“It meant I’d have to be away from my fam­ily, or I could fly them down but then they’d be wak­ing up on Christ­mas morn­ing in a ho­tel room at the casino – it wasn’t very mag­i­cal.

“So since I stopped that it’s been amaz­ing – we wake up early and have a big break­fast and spend lit­er­ally hours un­wrap­ping presents around the tree.

“But this year I’m up­set­ting the bal­ance a lit­tle bit and spend­ing the morn­ing with my fam­ily, then fly­ing up to Bris­bane to spend the evening with Liam (Tal­bot) and his fam­ily.

“But I’ll be go­ing home for about a week be­fore Christ­mas to spend time with my fam­ily.

“It’s my dad’s birth­day on Christ­mas Eve, too, so I like to be there for that.” Christ­mas with the Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, to­mor­row night on Chan­nel Nine

IT WAS JUST BEAU­TI­FUL HOW LOVINGLY THEY LOOKED AT EACH OTHER, IT RE­ALLY GOT ME INTO THE CHRIST­MAS SPIRIT

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

Charli Robin­son is a host on Christ­mas with the Aus­tralian Women's Weekly to­mor­row on Chan­nel Nine.

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