MasterChef shock as all three judges leave popular cooking show

After 11 years on our screens, Network 10 has revealed Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will not be returning to MasterChef Australia next year.

The announcement was made in a statement by Network 10 chief executive officer Paul Anderson on Tuesday afternoon.

“Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,” Mr Anderson said.

“Across 11 sensational seasons, MasterChef Australia has established itself as one of the most popular and respected cooking television series around the world. For more than a decade, the iconic series has shaped and driven the Australian public’s passion for food and cooking, delivered iconic television moments, and made the culinary dreams of everyday home cooks come true.  

“We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years.

“MasterChef Australia has always been about ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things for the love of food and we believe it is very important to continue that ethos.”

It’s understood the TV network will reveal a fresh new group of judges in due course.

“Australia is full of remarkable cooking talent and we can’t wait to introduce another group – and the next generation of exceptional judges – in season 12 of MasterChef Australia next year,” Mr Anderson said.

Get ready for mini music festival at Gold Coast 600 this year!

Gold Coast 600 racegoers will get to enjoy a mini music festival at the event this year.

At the official Gold Coast 600 launch evening at Nineteen at The Star on Wednesday, organisers revealed two concerts will be held simultaneously inside the race track on dual Macintosh Island stages during the evening on Saturday 26 October.

The Club 600 stage at the rear of the pit complex will host a DJ mix with some of the world’s biggest names while the second will feature traditional Australian rock and alternate rock artists.

British DJ Carl Cox will headline the new-look Club 600 on a brand-new stage with special guest, DJ Eric Powell. They will be joined by Australian festival sensation Hot Dub Time Machine and Brisbane-based British hitmaker Example.

The second stage near the final corner hill area will feature three Australian rock and alternative acts with Mental as Anything, The Vanns and Kingswood.

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said they decided to overhaul the event precinct to excite new audiences.

“This is part of a long-term vision for the event to make the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 a multifaceted entertainment precinct with new and exciting offerings to create wider appeal,” he said.

Tourism Industry Development Assistant Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the announcement of the entertainment line-up would further expand the appeal of the event.

“The innovations that Supercars have undertaken to broaden the appeal of the Gold Coast 600 are set to attract even more fans to the event, growing this already popular event even larger and boosting our region’s economy and creating jobs,” she said.

The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub announces debut show

Forget travelling to Paris – starting next month you can enjoy world-class cirque acts and cabaret right in the heart of Broadbeach.

The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub – an entertainment destination set to open at the former East nightclub site on August 22 –  have finally revealed details about their hotly-anticipated debut show.

SUAVÉ is the first show-stopping masterpiece set to take the stage at the new venue, and has been exclusively created by entertainment darling Sue Porrett and renowned choreographer Anthony Ikin.

Ms Porrett said SUAVÉ is a tantalising and outrageous show that audiences will love.

“We have handpicked an elite cast of performers from around the globe especially for The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub. SUAVÉ will combine a remarkable mix of daring cabaret and cirque artists from every corner of the world including Russia, Mexico, USA, UK and Australia,” she said.

“Think of the fully produced theatre shows you would expect to see in cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Paris and Berlin – The Gold Coast has been asking for this calibre of entertainment, but the wait is over!”

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The show will be performed on a state-of-the-art 4 metre diameter stage, with lavish pink surrounds and an impressive 20-metre custom designed LED screen as a backdrop.

The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub features decadent 1920’s Art Deco styling throughout too, with pink velvet furnishings, geometric light fittings and splashes of metallic gold.

SUAVÉ is on at The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub from Thursday 22nd August, with multiple shows to be held from Wednesdays – Saturdays each week. Tickets start at $78 per person and include a complimentary grazing platter designed to share.

“The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub is not a dinner and show concept. We are not a restaurant, but an entertainment destination. We are happy to provide a complimentary grazing platter for our guests to nibble on during the show, however we encourage all our guests to enjoy pre or post dining in some of the spectacular restaurants on offer in the Broadbeach precinct. From the very beginning we announced our aim was to support local Broadbeach restaurants and bars,” Ms Porrett said.

Sue Porrett with the some of the cast of SUAVÉ. PHOTO: Supplied.

Guests who purchase tickets to attend the show on Fridays and Saturdays, will also get to enjoy entry into The Club, which is on at the venue from 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. To find out more information, and to book, visit: pinkflamingogoldcoast.com

Rape accusation was ‘pure dread’: Jarratt

Wolf Creek star John Jarratt says the home where he was accused of raping his housemate more than 40 years ago is like a “horror mansion” to him now.

The 66-year-old film veteran was found not guilty by a District Court jury last week after a week-long trial.

Jarratt testified he was seduced into having consensual sex with the woman in 1976 at the Sydney house they shared with his wife, Rosa Miano, and at least one other person.

The actor – whose credits include Wolf Creek, Picnic at Hanging Rock and TV series McLeod’s Daughters – had maintained his innocence from the moment he was charged in August 2018.

Revisiting the home where the woman claimed the rape happened, Jarratt says the house is like a “horror mansion”.

“It’s a beautiful home but I’m looking straight at the bedroom where this alleged event happened, it’s like a horror mansion to me now, it’s just awful,” he told Nine’s 60 Minutes on Sunday evening.

The actor says the moment he found out about the accusation, via a phone call from his then-agent, was one of “pure dread”.

“When I finished the phone call I just sat there. It was just dread, pure dread,” Jarratt said on the program.

“And then my daughter tapped me on the shoulder and said, what’s up Papa?… And I said, “It’s really bad, this is really bad, I’ve been accused of rape and it’s going to be in the newspapers.”

The woman who accused Jarratt told the court she was woken about 3am by him ripping off her bed covers and underwear before he pinned her down, covered her mouth with his hand and raped her.

Jarratt says the woman’s description of the alleged rape was “absolutely ludicrous”.

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Kardashian West awarded $US2.7m in lawsuit

CELEBRITY Kim Kardashian West has been awarded $US2.7 million – about $A3.8 million- – in her lawsuit against a so-called “fast fashion” brand she accused of ripping off her outfits.

Kardashian West took retailer Missguided USA to court in California, alleging it used her celebrity to sell clothes and was “notorious” for “knocking off” designer items she wore.

In February , the reality TV star slammed so-called “fast fashion” brands who she said sell similar designs hours after she is pictured wearing them.

She tweeted: “It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas”.

“I’ve watched these companies profit off my husband’s work for years and now that it’s also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent.

Kardashian West said her relationships with designers are “very important to me” and dismissed internet rumours she worked with online fashion outlets to “leak” the clothes to them.

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