As the year winds down, most Australian celebrities, like the rest of us, have one thing on the brain: Summer holidays. We quizzed stars on what they have planned for the next three months, but we also asked them to share their favourite Summer memories and their beverage of choice for when the days get hotter and longer. Click through for responses from Jennifer Hawkins, Lincoln Lewis, Laura Dundovic and more!
Another week filled with all things celebrity, fashion and beauty down! We were blessed with (mostly) beautiful weather this week, which had us daydreaming of days lying poolside or on the beach — and it didn't hurt that fashion editor Jasmine got to check out some pretty new bikinis and hats from Seafolly! Health and beauty editor Alison was inundated with cool new beauty bits and pieces to try (the new NARS collection, anyone?) and celebrity and entertainment editor Jess got up close and personal with all the stars of rugby league at the Dally M Awards on Tuesday night. Click through to check out our week in pictures, and don't forget to follow POPSUGAR Australia on Instagram for all this and more!
It’s been a big couple of months for Timomatic. In June he launched his first single for 2013, “Parachute,” on a huge scale when he performed as the opening act for game one of the State of Origin. Since then he’s been juggling music with his TV commitments for the new-look Australia’s Got Talent, which premieres on Channel Nine on Sunday night. While he wasn’t able to reveal much about changes to AGT, which sees him on the judging panel with Kyle Sandilands, Dawn French and Geri Halliwell, he was more than happy to talk about how he prepares for his energetic performances.
How did it feel to perform at the State of Origin?
You know what? I live for these kinds of performances. I live for stadium-level performances — that’s where I’ve always kind of seen myself. It was an amazing experience and I was very humbled that they’d ask a pop singer from Canberra to open the State of Origin.
It seems like the Channel Nine family have really embraced you and given you some great opportunities.
Yes, exactly. Channel Nine have really taken me under their wing and I’m very thankful for the new family. They’ve given to me, and I’m giving back, too, so we’re forming a really great relationship.
You’ve always been known for your energetic performances — how do you prepare for performances that require you to do so much singing and dancing at the same time?
It’s just a lot of rehearsal and dedication. I choreograph a lot of my numbers as well. It just takes time and focus. There’s no easy secret or way to do it. You’ve just got to put in the time, know what you want and don’t stop until you get it.
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Last night’s Helpmann Awards drew Australia’s top players in theatre and the arts to the Sydney Opera House. Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan Browne hosted the glamorous event, which handed out 43 awards. A brunette Lucy Durack won best female actor in a musical for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical, which went on to pick up another four awards, including best musical. The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Secret River was the night’s biggest winner, with six honours, while Melbourne’s new stage extravaganza King Kong took home five awards in design categories. Stars such as Sarah Murdoch, Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Sheridan and Elizabeth Debicki were also on hand to present some of the awards. Click through for all the red carpet snaps — you can find the full list of winners here.
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Timomatic rose to fame when he placed third in the 2011 series of Australia’s Got Talent (before that you may have seen him on So You Think You Can Dance). This year he’ll be on the other side of the judges’ table as part of the all-star panel on Channel Nine’s revamped version of the show, which was dropped from the Channel Seven line-up at the end of last year. He’ll be sitting alongside former AGT judge Kyle Sandilands, UK comedy star Dawn French, and Geri Halliwell, who was last week confirmed as the fourth judge following court dramas that blocked Mel B from appearing on the show. I caught up with Timomatic to talk about his transition from contestant to judge and to find out who his favourite Spice Girl is.
So it’s been confirmed that Geri Halliwell will replace Mel B. How do you feel about her joining the panel?
Very excited. She knows entertainment very well, probably the most out of the panel. It’s cool — the panel is so fresh and new, and Kyle’s the only one that has done the show before, so I’m excited for a whole new fresh show.
Who’s your favourite Spice Girl?
My favourite Spice Girl? Ooh. Right now, it would probably be Mel B. But it could change!
How did you react when you got the call asking you to be a judge, coming from being a previous contestant?
[Laughs] It was very special. For me it was always something I always wanted to do, but I didn’t know it would happen this quickly. I was shocked. I was like, “Really? They want me?” You gotta understand, I didn’t win the show — I came third! It’s very big for me, the pinnacle of my life, and I can’t wait until it starts. It’s later in the year and I can’t wait to give people this opportunity that I’m kind of living right now.
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Australian magazine CLEO threw a star-studded party at Cherry Bar in The Star last night to celebrate its newly-relaunched issue. The special guest of honour was an Alex Perry-clad Kelly Osbourne, who flew into the country on the weekend — she’s the magazine’s back-page columnist and said she was excited to get on board “because the first thing they said to me was, ‘We’re not going to edit you, you can say whatever you want.’ I was like, ‘Yes! I cannot believe they’re going to let me say what I want!’” After discussions with editor Sharri Markson she said they would “make sure we talk about topics that readers want to hear about, and I can share what I’ve been through in that area, because I’m not going to talk about things I don’t know about. To me, that’s a great opportunity for me to share my experience with other people.”
Kelly brought her boyfriend Matthew Mosshart along for the trip, which has included a boat ride around Sydney Harbour and a visit to her “favourite pie stand” Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. She told us, “I usually get the meat pie with mashed potatoes and peas and gravy — it’s my absolute favourite. And I’ve been telling my boyfriend all about it, so tonight we’re going to go there so he can have it. We met people there who were getting married there! I was like, ‘Really?’ That is the most awesome thing ever.”
Inside the bash, where guests such as Laura Dundovic, James Kerley, Timomatic, Prinnie Stevens, Nikki Phillips, Darren McMullen and Zoe Marshall had gathered, Sharri hit the stage (after an introduction by the Stenmark twins, Jordan and Zac) to reveal that they shot Kelly for an upcoming CLEO cover, and to share an anecdote about a rude-but-funny joke that Kelly made when they went to dinner at Icebergs together. Kelly, who usually gives her style critiques on E!'s Fashion Police, gave her verdict on Aussie men (“I have to say — sorry, Matthew — but Aussie men are hot”) and thanked The Star for their hospitality, with a special cheeky mention to the security guard who refused her entry into the casino on Monday night because he thought she was using a fake ID.
Last night at Sydney's The Star, celebrities flocked to celebrate CLEO magazine's much-anticipated relaunch. New columnist Kelly Osbourne was flown in especially for the fun-filled event, walking the red carpet in an Alex Perry frock hot off the MBFWA runway (albeit in black, not ecru as shown). The local celeb-set joined the E! Fashion Police commentator in the festivities, bringing their party-dress best. Laura Dundovic shone in a sexy Manning Cartell two-piece, chosen by beau James Kerley, Zoe Marshall looked chic in a plunging lilac Suboo sheath, Celebrity Apprentice contestant Prinnie Stevens was elegant in white in Bless'ed Are The Meek number, Nikki Phillips went the embellished route in a red leather Isabel Marant shift, and editor Sharri Markson took Kelly's lead by opting for a corseted Alex Perry party frock. Want to zoom in on all the red carpet style? It's all inside. . .
Over the past few days we’ve been keeping track of the reality TV musical chairs concerning the judging panels for two popular Aussie shows: Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor. Earlier this week it was confirmed that Channel Nine had signed UK stars Mel B and Dawn French for AGT, which it poached from Channel Seven last year, and last night they unveiled the promos for their third judge — Timomatic (real name Tim Omaji), who was runner-up on the 2011 series of AGT on Seven. It’s expected that Kyle Sandilands will be announced as the fourth judge on the extended panel today, making him the only judge to move with the show between the networks.
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