SPRING CLEANING IS SAID TO CLEANSE THE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE SOUL. IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON, WE INVITED A FEW CELEBS TO HANG OUT THE LAUNDRY
Nigerian-born Tim Omaji rose to fame as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance before proving he was a singer-songwriter as well, finishing third on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 and following up with a string of hit singles and two EPs. Now a judge on the Seven Network’s Dance Boss, it seems he won’t be mothballing everything from his winter wardrobe. OK, here it is. I would like to come clean that I can’t go to sleep, summer or winter, without wearing socks. It can be the hottest night of the year and I’ll have my socks on — they’re sometimes the only thing I have on. It’s the weirdest thing but my feet get cold. I don’t really have a favourite pair. Any socks will do the job. I never kick them off in the night. They’re always still on in the morning. It started a long time ago and now I just can’t get to sleep without them. ARJ BARKER Billed as Australia’s favourite American comedian, Arj first appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2000 and never really left. He co-starred as Dave in the Emmy-nominated Flight of the Conchords, the HBO television series about two Kiwis trying to make it big in New York City. Arj loves everything about Australia, expect for one thing. I know it’s not that popular to say, but I think going to the beach is super overrated. I get that people love it, and I’m happy for them, but personally I think sitting in the sand, looking at the ocean is fun for about all of three minutes. Why don’t I go swimming, you ask? Because the water is about -20 degrees, and there are monsters in it, but other than that, I really don’t know. But thanks anyway, I think I’ll just stay here on the dune, getting sand in every crevice of my body (and don’t forget all the sand I’ll get in my food and electronics) and soaking up deadly UV rays, because that’s what the beach is all about. But wait, I want to feel insecure about my body. Thank God there are lots of people strolling around wearing next to nothing who look like they just walked out of a tattoo-themed Sports Illustrated photo shoot. Luckily I’m still wearing my hoodie, ensuring that I continue to feel super uncomfortable and out of place. The beach is a nice place to visit for many people, and that’s a wonderful thing. I’ll be in the forest if you need me.
Radio announcer Jess and her builder fiancee Norm Hogan have taken on the challenge to transform The Gatwick in this season of The Block. The Queensland couple have two children, four and one, and say if they walk away with any money from the series, they might be able to afford a wedding — where Jess’s confession may well get another airing. Now, this confession has got to do with one of the happiest days of our lives, of Norm’s life. When I was pregnant, Norm wanted to take me to the beach. I said, ‘Why do we need to go to the beach?’ As we were walking along the beach, he dropped to one knee and proposed to me. I was really shocked with mouth movements and things and I put my hands up to my head but what Norm doesn’t know is that I knew he was going to propose to me because I’d read his text messages a couple of nights before. I saw the interest-free finance approved from the jewellers, 40 months interest-free, that he’d applied for and he’d got the confirmation text. So when he said, ‘Do you want to go for a walk along the beach’, I just said, ‘Why? I’ll be all right thanks’ just to see him squirm. Of course I went in the end. But, to this day, he thinks that it was a surprise. LIAM TALBOT It might be difficult to see the GT racing driver in quite the same light after hearing his confession. It seems there’s a reason Liam came late to the racing scene as a 30-year-old. I hated car racing most of my life. I couldn’t watch a race, it was so boring. Now it’s my profession.
I HATED CAR RACING MOST OF MY LIFE ... IT WAS SO BORING.”