We’ve tried to to make kiwi reality TV, we’ve gave it our best shot, but was it worth the ride? Depends on how you look at it. I think we don’t have the skills, or the brains to do so. We are not there with the Americans or the British, (a.k.a, Poms).
For example, let’s look at NZ Idol. At the time when it was coming out, lots of people got excited, because we’d saw the American and Australian version. But when they made the kiwi version, did it had the same effect? Was it as nearly as good? No. Because A: it was cheap, B: there was hardly anyone good enough to become a pop star, and C: it had average ratings. Not to mention the people who won disappeared and became a laughing stock. Ben Lumis and Rosita Vai brought out one album each. As for Matt Sonnua, he just put out a single. Blow that for a joke.
It might as well not have been made at all. Because all it did was put them down. It’s a kind of sad story.
What about Dancing With The Stars. Slightly happier story. It was a fun show to watch. (I just liked it because Jason Gunn hosted it.) But it got axed because TVNZ didn’t have the money to make it anymore. A perfectly good excuse. But on the same token, it could’ve lasted one more season. (Just an opinion.)
So, then came Stars In Their Eyes. Ahhhh yes. Weird weird story. It had so much potential. Only lasted two seasons. I’ve only seen clips off YouTube, so I can’t say much. I moved to Australia just before it was on.
Last but not least come New Zealand’s Got Talent. Again, I can’t say much because I moved to Oz, but I’ve seen clips on YouTube, but to be honest, I didn’t like it that much. I kind of envied it. I wasn’t happy that it was on Prime, because I didn’t think it would get enough ratings. But it did alright I guess.
Again, this is just my opinion, not everybody has the same point of view. So please share your opinion.
Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne is battling a benign brain tumour and has taken sick leave. He may need surgery to protect his eyesight and brain.
Dane Moeke’s winning performance on Maori Television’s Homai Te Pakipaki last month, singing Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” has been watched on YouTube more than 7000 times.
Shortland Street‘s Michael Galvin (Doctor Chris Warner) is on stage for the first time in more than a decade in his self-penned black comedy play Station to Station. Galvin has taken a few weeks off Shortland Street for the play. The play also stars Outrageous Fortune‘s Antonia Prebble (Loretta West).
Gordon Ramsey‘s profits have dropped by 87% and has narrowly avoided bankruptcy. However, he still earned nearly $30 million from TV, live shows and books.
Scribe has pitched a TV show with two networks said to be interested. Hugh Sundae aka Hugh Hughes is rumoured to be presenting on 20/20.
Deborah Hill Cone rips apart Aussie show Packed to the Rafters – she criticises the “comfort viewing” show for its “wholesome ordinary people”. She says it’s a “bog-standard drama about a bland baby-boomer couple”, “deeply pedestrian”, “not even very realistic” and “not twisted enough”.
America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker wanted $25,000 to appear on Telethon - even though it is a charity event. Confirmed for the Telethon are:
Martin Henderson Ada Nicodemou (Leah on Home and Away) Bernard Curry (Hugo on Home and away) Carly Flynn Miriama Smith Will Hall (Kip on Shortland Street)
Celebrities have recorded a new version of the Telethon anthem “Thank you very much for your kind donation” – with OpShop’s Jason Kerrison and Donald Reid behind the music.
The spelling of the word “orthopaedic” has come into question after the finale of Wheel of Fortune. The show said there was no “a” in the word, despite being the spelling that medical professionals use or British spelling conventions. Americans do not have the “a” in it. The show’s makers say the spelling was not wrong and didn’t affect the outcome of the show.
Stars in their Eyes winner Mandy Pickering (32) says she wanted to do things out of her comfort zone this year.
“I never thoughts for a second I’d get to the final, let alone win it. I wasn’t even 100% sure I could sing. I hadn’t really sung in public before as an adult.”
Pickering and her husband and sons are off to live in Tonga for three weeks to live the simple life.
Amber Peebles shares a week in her social diary which includes boxing classes, interviewing Early Birds, shooting MTV News and travelling to Sydney to film for four days.
Laura and Hosanna from New Zealand’s Next Top Model were on the catwalk for Trelise Cooper.
Paul Holmes comments on the John Campbell medal thief interview and believes that Campbell never met the thief, but was handed a recorded interview via lawyers and filmed him asking the questions but doesn’t want to admit he doesn’t know the name of the thief as it would harm his reputation as a journalist.
The media continues its obsession with celebrity tweets and prints tweets from TV personalities such as John Campbell, Carol Hirshfeld, James Coleman, Susan Wood, Clarke Gayford and Mike Hosking. Speaking of Mike, Spy asks if he’s being hypocritical for talking about what his daughters are up to on Twitter after taking New Idea to court over paparazzi photos of his twins in 2003.
Back Benches host Wallace Chapman (40) is interviewed in Sunday magazine. Writer Rose Hoare is full of compliments for him: “incredibly generous with his praise” and “so enthusiastic”. His father was a Fijian Methodist Minister, he wrote ads at bFM for five years, hosted breakfast at bFM for a year, does afternoons at Kiwi FM and is on Good Morning’s political panel. Chapman had Gaucher’s Disease – a deficiency in an enzyme which breaks down fat that can collect in organs and bones. He spent five years using a walking stick in pain until treatment became available. His mobility is still limited and he can’t walk long distances, can’t travel for long periods or live overseas for lack of access to medicine. He has fortnightly transfusions.
There’s an article on just how bad TV is for your health - from obesity, violence, eating disorders, higher cholesterol, unfitness, attention deficit disorders and lower academic performance. The article says an average 6 year old in New Zealand has already spent more than one full year watching TV. Is that right? They watch an average of 4 hours a day? The writer, Olive James says public health officials should be mounting a public-health campaign to persuade us to watch less TV.
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Viewers will decide who gets to be the winner of the Stars In Their Eyes Grand Finale tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE.
For the first time on New Zealand’s Stars In Their Eyes, the public will be able to pick their favourite performer and text or phone vote to support them. Voting lines will be open the week prior, until all nine finalists have performed again.
The votes will be counted and host Simon Barnett will announce who is crowned the Stars In The Eyes Grand Champion LIVE.
Be watching Stars In Their Eyes tonight, 8.30pm on TV ONE.
Don’t miss the penultimate episode of Stars In Their Eyes tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE, and see who will be the last performer joining the other finalists in the Grand Final next week.
Tonight’s wannabes include a community support worker from Wanganui; a beauty therapist from Wellington; a catering manager from Auckland’s Papakura; a grandmother from Timaru; and a ex knife-thrower-now-barman from Levin.
For the first time on New Zealand’s Stars In Their Eyes, the viewing public will decide with text and phone voting who will be the crowned this year’s Grand Champion next week. Voting lines will be open following the end of tonight’s episode.
Be watching Stars In Their Eyes tonight, 8.30pm on TV ONE.
With just four places in the Stars In Their Eyes grand final left, which performer will go through this week? Tonight’s contestants include a harp playing thespian; a professional dancer; an executive from Christchurch; a father of two from Mangere, Auckland; and an administration assistant from Manukau – but which musical icons will they be performing as, and who will the audience love the most?
With a trip to London – and the title of New Zealand Stars In Their Eyes champion – up for grabs, it’s a riveting and entertaining night for everyone. Be watching Stars In Their Eyes tonight, 8.30pm on TV ONE to find out.
A New Zealand songstress, a high octane rocker, and one of Motown’s greats, are amongst the stars represented this week on Stars In Their Eyes, tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE.
The winner of tonight’s episode will join Te Puke’s Mike Henderson performing Creed’s Scott Stapp; Auckland’s Lisa Crawley as Norah Jones; and Bay of Plenty’s Nigel McCutcheon as Billy Idol in the series final. Photo: Episode three winner Nigel McCutcheon as Billy Idol.