‘I WANT TO BE THE FIRST GAY BACHELOR!’
ALL THE REALITY TV GOSSIP The reality star is putting her own spin on DWTS – and plotting her next step
There’s no rest for the wicked – or a wicked diva! As
competitor Courtney Act chats to NW on the phone, she’s multi-tasking and dashing around her local supermarket en route to rehearsals for the Channel Ten talent show, all the while having to fend off fans.
“I’ve got my headphones on and someone was like, ‘I love you,’ and I’m like, ‘I can’t talk, I’m on the phone,’” Courtney (aka Shane Jenek) tells NW – before dishing the dirt on how much cash she splashes on looking so glam, her plans to be the next Bachelor or Bachelorette, and what she’s going to treat herself to if she takes home the Dancing With The Stars trophy. Hint: it’s exxy!
Is competing in DWTS tougher than you expected it to be?
It’s funny, ’cause a lot of my friends who have done the show were telling me, “It’s really gruelling, it’s really hard work” and six weeks in I was like, “What are they talking about? I’m having a great time!” Then it started to hit me. I wake up and I’m tired and my body hurts. But it’s a lot of fun.
Are you going to whip out the dance moves on your next date to try and impress?
[Laughs] I do not think so. I think my dancing is for the dance floor, not for dating. Work and private life are separate. I don’t want to get my milk where I get my bread! I have no time for socialising.
Who do you think is your biggest competition on the show?
Jimmy Rees, Sam Johnson and Denise Scott. It’s the performance and the personality you bring to it, and when they perform it turns into an event each week.
How are you going to celebrate if you win?
I’ll probably sleep and buy myself something pretty and sparkly! A diamond tennis bracelet. It’s nice and relatable.
What reality show is next on your wish list?
I did my Courtney Act Christmas Extravaganza on Channel 4 in the UK, which was a variety show, and I think I want to focus on doing that sort of thing.
Would you ever do The Bachelor or Bachelorette?
I could do both! I could have gay boys on one side and straight men on the other. It would be like Mrs. Doubtfire at the end, where he’s with the two families, running back and forth!
Erika Jayne from Thereal Housewives of beverly hills admits she spends $40K a month on looking glam. Is it expensive to be Courtney Act, too?
It can be! It doesn’t cost that much, but my wig from the first week [of DWTS] was just amazing. It was custom-made, and that was quite expensive. I’m not buying one every month, mind you, but something like that retails for like $4,000 or $5,000. It is nice now that I get to splash out on some higher-end products, but I’m certainly not spending $40,000 a month!
Do you feel better when you’re glammed up or dressed down?
Glammed up. The other night we were all lined up on stage – and the women just looked fabulous and the men were in white shirts or black T-shirts, and I was like, “God, why would you want to be a man when you could be a woman?!” DWTS airs live 7.30pm Mondays on Ten