iVillage Weekly Australian Celebrity News Column 3

Originally published at http://www.ivillage.com.au/weeks-hottest-aussie-gossip/159456

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By ALICIA VRAJLAL  Get the scoop on this week’s best Aussie gossip – from new shows to hot frocks and dating shocks.  I can also be found gossiping at ‘I Am Starstruck’.

Panic on the Sunrise set as Grant Denyer passes out on air

Channel 7’s Sunrise weatherman Grant Denyer passed out in a live cross from Melbourne this week.

After having been asked by stunt fighter pilot Matt Hall whether he would like to experience eight G-force, Denyer accepted the challenge however within a few seconds lost his consciousness.
Sunrise presenter Melissa Doyle’s shocked reaction was captured on live television.
Denyer told the Daily Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential, “I had no idea I passed out. But I was out for about six or seven seconds… Poor Mel didn’t know whether I was dead or what was going on”.

Watch the segment here:

Home and Away star scores Hollywood role

He only moved to the US three weeks ago, but Home and Away star Luke Mitchell has already scored a major role in the television pilot for sci-fi series Tomorrow People.

Mitchell will play the role of John Young who has special ‘teleportation’ abilities, definitely a big change from his Summer Bay surfie character on Home and Away.

The 27-year-old actor’s move to Tinseltown reflects the actions of fellow Home and Away alumni including Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas and Tammin Sursok who have become household names in Hollywood.

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Parkroyal-ty for Aussie stars

This week I experienced the high-rolling Hollywood lifestyle (well sort of)…

Attending Tuesday night’s launch of the rejuvenated PARKROYAL Hotel in Darling Harbour, Sydney, I got to mingle with the biggest names in the entertainment, tourism and businessindustries. It made me feel like quite the star.

Hosted by Laura Csortan and Roger Corser, the event displayed the hotel’s new cutting edge and contemporary look with over 400 guests treated to drinks and canapes in the hotel’s new restaurant and conference floor.
With special performances by Timomatic and Natalie Bassinghtwaite and Didier Cohen spinning the tunes as official DJ, it was an absolutely star studded night to say the very least.

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Stars gather for Foxtel launch

Foxtel held its 2013 program launch on Wednesday night, with some of Australia’s biggest names in entertainment attending.

Held at Sydney’s Fox Studios, the event attracted the likes of Australia’s Next Top Model host Jennifer Hawkins and judges Didier Cohen and Charlotte Dawson as well as Foxtel ambassador Chris Hemsworth.

This year sees a combination of local drama, lifestyle shows and international content for Foxtel viewers, with new Aussie drama Wentworth, a new lifestyle cooking show Paddock to Plate fronted by chef Matt Moran and a number of series fast-tracked from the US including  GirlsMad Men andThe Carrie Diaries.

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Natalie Gruzlewski welcomes baby girl

It’s a girl for The Farmer Wants A Wife host Natalie Gruzlewski and husband Jack Ray who have have welcomed their first child.

Natalie gave birth at a private hospital on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 19th February and the couple have named the newborn Isabella.

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Aussie reality talent show for 2013… here’s what you need to know

Get ready for another twelve months of back-to-back singing and dancing on TV.

Australia’s Got Talent, The X Factor and the The Voice will all return plus, wait for it, Australian Idoi may even be making a comeback!

Here’s an update on what to expect from your favourite reality talent shows:

Australia’s Got Talent

After been bought from Channel 7 by Channel 9, the judging panel on Australia’s Got Talent is set to see major changes.  Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden are not expected to return, with international names including Sharon Osbourne in talks to sign up to the reality show.  Other big names including Victoria Beckham and Lily Allen have been mentioned, as well as local artist Timomatic who was the 2011 Australia’s Got Talent runner up.

The X Factor

A heavily pregnant Natalie Bassingthwaite may be returning to the X Factor judging panel in 2013.  Due to give birth in May, Bassingthwaite told The Daily’s Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential, ‘I definitely know it is going to be an exciting year for X-Factor, that’s for sureI’d love to do it. I had a really great time last season and I felt like I grew as a judge on the show and I love the challenge

The Voice

International singing sensation Ricky Martin has replaced Keith Urban on the Channel 10 show, joining Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden and Seal on the judging panel.

Australian Idol

It’s the show that created some of Australia’s most most successful singers including Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy, and now Australian Idol is being considered for a television comeback, although no definite decisions have been made.

The Daily Telegraph reports Channel 10’s chief programmer, Bev McGarvey, saying: “Like all networks, we’re always looking at new options and shows… Australian Idol is a consideration, as are many, many other things, but it would be wrong to say it will definitely return to Ten.”

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