Kings of the couch
Gogglebox stars Wayne and Tom return to share their views on what’s hot on the box, writes ANNA BRAIN
FROM their couch in suburban Melbourne to the streets of Paris, these days Gogglebox stars Wayne and Tom are well-known faces.
The longtime partners won a cult following in season one, as they sipped cocktails and cackled their way through hours of TV, seemingly intent on cracking each other up – which is exactly what the show is all about.
“It was weird at first,having people coming up to us, the first time it really happened was at a Kylie concert in Melbourne,” Wayne says.
“We hadn’t even made it in the gates and people were wanting selfies. It was really good. And on holidays in Europe it was mind-blowing, every country we went through we were recognised.”
While they were away, Wayne, 45, popped the question to Tom, complete with a diamond ring, in the romantic setting of the Eiffel Tower.
Though it was happily accepted, he says they have no plans to tie the knot any time soon.
“Yeah, I said to Tom that I don’t want to get married until it’s legal in Australia,” he says.
“If my own country can’t recognise the value of people like us, I won’t do it. I only want to do this once.
“You’re talking about civil rights, because if Tom was sick and I had to pull the plug, I’m legally not allowed to do it.” (For his part, Tom, 47, says, “Yeah but I’ve told you you’re not allowed to do it.”)
As much as he adores his blingy new jewellery, complete with one
pink diamond, Tom says his idea of marriage is to set a good example for his three kids, who are now adults.
“How old is our youngest, 21? So Wayne’s been there for 15 years of the kids’ lives. I already feel married, if that makes sense.
“I would like to get married, and for my kids as well. To show them that stable relationships can happen. You know, all their friends are divorced. Me and their mother are divorced. I’d like them to see that not all relationships are failures.”
The first season of Gogglebox Australia, a co-production from Foxtel and Channel 10, was a surprise ratings hit. It was a welcome change and something of a novelty for audiences who have been force-fed a steady diet of renovation and cooking reality TV. But Tom isn’t sure what season two will hold.
“Maybe this is ego, but I’m a bit worried about this season,” he says.
“Last time, we had no expectations. Because we’ve had such a great reaction … I mean, when we got engaged, thousands of people looked and commented on our Facebook. Who the hell would think that thousands of people would care? Now I think, do they have expectations? I was just being me.”
Wayne says they are each other’s yin and yang, though Tom is quick to point out, “I’m the pretty one.” But fans of the boys’ happy home dynamic will be quick to notice the absence of their beloved pooch Sati, who sadly passed away in July. Tom says that while she can never be replaced, they will welcome a new pet to the couch when the time is right.
“We’d been talking about getting a new dog,” he says.
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On the sofa: Gogglebox stars Wayne and Tom.