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An Australian former pop star, Bec Caruana, graced the stage of The Voice on Sunday night, and it’s made everyone feel a little nostalgic. Caruana has hopes to reignite her career after failing to make it in the industry when ‘file sharing’ became a thing in the noughties. At age 45, she doesn’t think it’s too late for her to get back into the spotlight — and the coaches seem to agree.
The Walking Dead is about to return for its 11th season. The bad news? It’s the final season. The good news? Season 11 consists of 24 episodes, with the first 12 airing in 2021 and the final 12 debuting in 2022. That’s a lot of zombies! The final season, which premieres today on Binge, will be split into three, eight-episode long mini-arcs centring on The Commonwealth, the aftermath of the attack on Alexandria, and, of course, the tense, complicated relationship between Maggie (the returning Lau
A controversial Coalition senator has launched an attack on children’s entertainment group The Wiggles for adding four new racially diverse characters to its line-up. Four new members will join the existing ensemble of Anthony, Simon, Emma and Lachy in a bid to make it more culturally inclusive. Tsehay Hawkins, 15, is originally from Ethiopia and will wear red; Evie Ferris is a 24-year-old Indigenous woman who will wear blue; Kelly Hamilton, 45, is Asian-Australian and will wear yellow; and John
Hey Hey It’s Saturday is set to return to TV, just months after the show was engulfed in a racism scandal. Channel 7 has announced it will air a one-off TV special to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. Hey Hey We’re 50 will premiere later this year. It will be hosted by Daryl Somers and will feature some of the favourite characters from Hey Hey.
The Wiggles announced four new band members over the weekend in a major nod to diversity and gender equality, and one of the newbies bears a strikingly familiar face. John Pearce, 30, first shot to fame on the Australian dance group Justice Crew, and if you were a teenager in 2010 you were no doubt embroiled in the hysteria.
After an agonising wait for diehard fans, Wentworth finally returns to screens tomorrow night with the first episode of the final season. The popular Foxtel prison drama will air the debut episode of its ninth season on Fox Showcase at 8.30pm Tuesday night, aptly titled Wentworth: The Final Sentence.
A former client of Steve ‘Commando’ Willis claims she was unfairly slapped with an apprehended violence order for stalking after the celebrity personal trainer lied under oath about their messages. Jun “Margaret” Yue was ordered to stay away from the Biggest Loser star in October last year after Mr Willis claimed he held fears about his former client’s escalating behaviour.
Hamish Macdonald’s decision to quit Q+A after only 18 months in the role came as a surprise to viewers. The highly-regarded TV journalist, 40, replaced veteran Tony Jones on the popular program in late 2019, after relinquishing his position as The Sunday Project host on Channel 10. Now, having accepted a gig to return to The Sunday Project as co-host, Macdonald has opened up about the pressures of working for the ABC during a period of hostility for Australians amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Karl Stefanovic has reunited with Jessica Rowe in an emotional interview for the first time since she was brutally sacked from the Today show in 2007. Rowe, now 51, had replaced Tracy Grimshaw on the breakfast program alongside Stefanovic in 2006, when she was immediately criticised for a lack of chemistry with her co-host, as well as copping personal attacks over her weight, hair and laugh.
The Project panel has addressed the elephant in the room during Sunday night’s episode featuring returning host Hamish Macdonald. Macdonald left the Channel 10 news program 18 months ago to host ABC’s Q&A, only to return to his former role after admitting he struggled with internet trolling and little support from his employers.
After a successful yet scandalous first week on The Block, a scathing master bathroom critique has seen former Love Island stars Luke and Josh Packham topple down the leaderboard in week two. Copping brutal feedback over their “atrocious” styling, “weird” ceiling decision, and outdated design, the twins’ $25,356 bathroom received a dismal 20.5 points.
Just when you thought reality TV couldn’t get any more scripted, Guy Sebastian has revealed Channel 7 producers have their fingers all over what happens on The Voice too. The ratings hit is currently drawing more than one million viewers a night and while it’s largely down to the spellbinding performances and personalities of the judges, the show is also given a helping hand by backstage puppet-masters.
Two things happened this week. High-profile miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers was released on streaming and Manny Jacinto turned 34. Jacinto was in Australia this time last year, celebrating his 33rd birthday in Byron Bay during the production of the series about emotionally damaged guests at a wellness resort, so the timing of the release with his birthday feels like the perfect bookends to this adventure.
After bowing out last week, The Bachelor’s secret frontrunner returns to the mansion on Thursday night in a last-minute shake-up where she appears to give Jimmy an ultimatum that requires him to either quit his piloting career or somehow find a way to reschedule all local and international flight timetables — just so they can spend their nights together watching The Block. It’s a big demand. And also a longshot. Like when it’s after midnight and you ask your partner to go buy you ice cream from
An Afghan-born Australian journalist has revealed a shocking conversation she had with a Taliban leader. Despite the more modern persona the notorious group is pushing — its assurances of “no revenge on anyone” and its treatment towards women are being questioned. Yalda Hakim, a BBC anchor who appeared on Q&A’s Afghanistan special, shared details about a conversation she had with a Taliban frontline commander which was very different to the image being pushed during the press conference earl
Osher Gunsberg has played the loyal wingman to nine very different bachelors in their search for love. Since 2013, the nation has watched as a new dashing suitor meets 23 unique ladies, getting to know them through a series of formulated dates until he decides on “the one” for him – forgetting the anomaly of Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins’ season where he decided on “the none” and went home alone. While the nine seasons have not seen a 100 per cent hit rate on providing everlasting love, there have
Nine Perfect Strangers opens on an obvious but effective metaphor – that of a blended smoothie. In close-up, individual pieces of tropical fruits are lacerated by the fast-swirling blades, churned together until their original forms cease to be. The nine broken souls that found themselves at Tranquillum are also looking to be transformed, each burdened with their grief, anger, mistrust and insecurities.
US TV series American Horror Story turns up the heat as Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber strips naked for a steamy bath scene with her co-star Sierra McCormick. Kaia, 19, appears in the spin-off series, American Horror Stories, which is set in the anthology series’ infamous Murder House. RELATED: Kaia Gerber flaunts toned figure in ‘accident’ post
Today co-host Allison Langdon has been wearing the same pink suit on the breakfast show for the last three days. The 42-year-old Channel 9 journalist, who surprisingly went largely unnoticed for sporting the identical outfit since Wednesday, told viewers on this morning’s program the stunt was all in the name of charity.
The dramatic moment Taliban fighters charged at a CNN reporter and brandished AK-47s at her crew while demanding she cover her face was caught on camera. Clarissa Ward was reporting from Kabul Airport on Wednesday when she was approached by a Taliban fighter holding a truncheon who demanded through an interpreter that she hide her face.
Nicole Kidman has appeared on The Project to promote her new series Nine Perfect Strangers. Chatting to host Carrie Bickmore, Kidman, 54, explained just how in-character she stayed while playing wellness guru Masha. “My kids would hear me talking in the accent all the time to the point where they didn’t even notice it. Keith was really into Masha so that was good! The actors did not hear my Australian accent until the day we wrapped,” Kidman explained.
After being exposed and thrown out of the mansion on Wednesday night, The Bachelor’s resident villain serves up a tremendously bratty exit that’s then overshadowed when the show’s tacky red champagne flutes go missing. It’s another movie-length episode. Boo! But one of the girls wears a weird hat. Yay! But then nothing much else happens. Boo!
ABC anchor Leigh Sales has grilled former prime minister John Howard on why locals, who worked with Australian forces in Afghanistan, have not all yet been evacuated. Mr Howard, who first sent Australian forces to the country — was left dumbfounded by the 7:30 host’s question, accusing her of making a “completely unfair generalisation”.
Edwina Bartholomew is expecting her second child, the Sunrise newsreader happily announced live on the program this morning. “We’re having another baby!” the 38-year-old TV journalist told her thrilled co-hosts, David Koch and Natalie Barr on Thursday’s show. She said baby number two is due in February.