iVillage Weekly Australian Celebrity News Column 7

Originally published at http://www.ivillage.com.au/ozgossip-ellen-arrives-down-under/160156

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By ALICIA VRAJLAL  Get the scoop on this week’s hottest Aussie gossip – everything from reality TV catfights to Summer Bay’s newest resident.  I can also be found gossiping at ‘I Am Starstruck’.

Ellen has arrived

US talk show host Ellen Degeneres has finally arrived in Australia, after postponing her trip last week due to a bout of the flu.

Ellen and her wife, Australian actress Portia de Rossi, touched down at Sydney Airport this morning and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans.

The Kyle and Jackie O show on 2DAY FM has revealed Ellen’s Down Under schedule, which includes filming segments for her show and meeting local fans. For anybody who’s interested in following her movements, here is the plan:

Saturday – Taronga Zoo, Circular Quay and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Sunday – Bondi beach

Monday – Flying to Melbourne

Tuesday – Swisse Cocktail event

Ellen Australia

Miranda Kerr struts out of David Jones

Australian model Miranda Kerr has stepped down from her role as fashion ambassador for David Jones.

She will be replaced by Jessica Gomes who has previously strutted the department store’s catwalks.

Gomes told The Daily Telegraph, “I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent Australia’s leading department store and its incredible collection of fashion brands. To follow in the footsteps of such iconic faces as Lauren Hutton, Maureen Duval, Megan Gale and Miranda Kerr is a career highlight and something I am extremely proud of.”

Miranda Kerr

Kath & Kim star treated for breast cancer

Kath & Kim star Gina Riley revealed earlier this week that she has been treated for breast cancer.

The diagnosis was made late last year after the 51 year old went for one of her regular check ups.

Gina told the Herald Sun, “So here it is. For me there was no lump that could be felt by either me or my doctor. It was only that I went to my regular mammogram and ultrasound appointment that it was found.”

Kath and Kim

Australia’s Got Talent judging controversy

Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has been announced as a judge on the upcoming series ofAustralia’s Got Talent, the first since Channel 9 bought the show from Channel 7.

However, Channel 7 has won an injunction against Brown, who previously appeared as a judge on the network’s show The X Factor.

A NSW court has ruled that she was “restrained from entering into or performing any agreement with any person other than (Channel 7) for her to appear on television in Australia at any time before 31 January 2014.”

It was announced earlier this week that Kyle Sandilands, Timomatic and Dawn French will complete this season’s Australia’s Got Talent judging panel.


Local celebrities to make a splash in new reality show

Fourteen Australian celebrities are set to dive into our TV screens later this year in a new reality show.

Channel 7’s Celebrity Splash will follow the cast as they attempt to master the art of diving.

The 2013 lineup, announced this week, includes Renae Ayris, Paul Fenech, Adam Richards, Laura Csortan, Josh Thomas, Andrew Symonds, Brynne Edelsten, Leisel Jones, Koby Abberton, Andrew Welsh, and Tamsyn Lewis.

The stars have begun training in Melbourne, however a line up of judges has not been confirmed.

The show, a local version of the UK’s Splash, is set to premiere later this year.

celebrity splash

Phil and Amity win The Block

South Australian couple Phil Rankine and Amity Dry won the 2013 series of The Block on Wednesday night.

The pair walked away with a $295,000 profit from their renovated house at Bondi, along with $100,000 in prize money.

This is the second time the pair have appeared on the reality show, after competing in the first series in 2003.

The Block

Former X Factor contestant headed for Summer Bay

The surf and sand of Summer Bay is famous for its abundance of sizzling eye candy.

So it’s no surprise that former X Factor contestant Johnny Ruffo will be starring on Channel 7’sHome & Away.

The network has announced Johnny’s onscreen Summer Bay action will start on 1 April – as far as we can tell, it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke.

Johnny will reportedly star as the brother of Spencer, played by Andrew Morley, over a period of 16 episodes.

Johnny Ruffo

The cat fight continus on ‘My Kitchen Rules’

‘Real housewives’ Angela Kennedy and Melina Bagnato have been eliminated from My Kitchen Rules after a sudden death cook off on Tuesday night.

Throughout the series, a clear rivalry between Angela and Melina and gatecrashers Ashlee Pham and Sophia Pou has developed. Following her elimination, Angela has labelled the gatecrashers as ‘spineless’.

This isn’t the first time Ashlee and Sophia have faced criticism from opposing teams.  After Tasmanian father and son duo Mick and Matt were eliminated last week, Matt slammed Sophia and Ashlee for being bullies.

MKR Angela Melina

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