MasterChef star Ben Ungermann removed from show after being arrested

MasterChef star Ben Ungermann has been removed from the upcoming season of MasterChef Australia after being arrested.

The 34-year-old, who was the runner-up on the 2017 Season 9 competition, was meant to be making a return to our TV screens on the popular cooking show’s Back To Win series this year.

However, a spokesperson for the show’s production company, Endemol Shine, confirmed to The Herald Sun that Ungermann has now left the show.

“We can confirm Ben Ungermann has left the MasterChef Australia competition,” the spokesperson said.

“As this is a police matter, we will not be making further comment”.

The arrest is being described as an issue of “a personal nature”.


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Ungermann took to his Instagram account just days ago, sharing a photo of himself which featured a cryptic quote.

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have,” he wrote.

MasterChef: Back To Win is set to air this April.

Country music icon Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement.

Due to the national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.

His appealing, sometimes gritty voice propelled 20 solo 45s to No. 1 on the country charts from 1977-87. Two of them, his 1980 reading of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” and his 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (penned by the Bee Gees), also topped the pop lists. He worked profitably with a number of other female vocalists, including Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Anne Murray.

Rogers parlayed his music success into a successful side career as an actor. His 1978 country chart-topper “The Gambler” spawned five popular TV movies, while some of his other hits also inspired small-screen features.

Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Assn. the same year.

Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley.

His early professional career was stylistically eclectic. While in high school, he formed a rockabilly group, the Scholars, who recorded for Carlton Records, a local label. After a brief stint at the University of Houston, he played bass with the jazz groups of Bobby Doyle and Kirby Stone.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1966, he joined the folk-pop unit the New Christy Minstrels, a group that also numbered such performers as Carnes, the Byrds’ Gene Clark, “Eve of Destruction” vocalist Barry McGuire and the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Jerry Yester among its members at one time or another.

He notched five more No. 1 solo country singles by the end of the 1970s. The biggest of these were the Grammy-winning “The Gambler” (also No. 16 pop in 1978) and Rogers’ biggest hit, the backwoods narrative “Coward of the County” (also No. 3 pop in 1979). They pushed the albums “The Gambler” and “Kenny” to No. 12 and No. 5, respectively, on the pop album charts. Each inspired a popular TV movie; Rogers would portray Brady Hawkes, protagonist of “The Gambler,” in a series of telepics that ran through 1994.

On the heels of a No. 1 greatest hits set in 1980, Rogers’ hits of the decade for Liberty and RCA found him moving increasingly into pop terrain and focusing on romantic balladry. “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” (the latter one of many duets with frequent partner Parton) solidified his standing as country’s biggest crossover attraction; his rendering of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton ruled the country chart and rose to No. 6 on the pop chart. In all, he recorded 23 top-10 country hits during the decade, five of which crossed to the pop side.

He issued a memoir, “Luck or Something Like It,” in 2012, and a novel, “What Are the Chances,” in 2013. That same year, he was the recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. He received a similar honour from CMT with its Artist of a Lifetime Award in 2015.

Always active on the road, Rogers announced his retirement in September 2015, not long after a widely aired commercial for Geico insurance saw him reprising “The Gambler” for comedic effect.

Married five times, Rogers is survived by his last wife Wanda and five children.

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Coronavirus forces cancellation of this year’s Eurovision song contest

The 2020 Eurovision song contest has been scrapped following the coronavirus outbreak.

The event was due to take place in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in May, however it will now be postponed until 2021.

The European Broadcasting Union made the announcement overnight, saying “it is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020”.

“We, like the millions of fans around the world, are extremely saddened that it cannot take place in May.”

Organisers said they desperately tried to explore alternative options to allow the contest to go ahead, but it was impossible.

“The uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the EBU has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned,” they said.

They’re now asking fans to understand the decision, and have assured them that they will be back bigger and better next year.

“We would ask people to bear with us while we work through the ramifications of this unprecedented decision and patiently await any further news in the coming days and weeks.”

“We are all heartbroken that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May and know that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time.”

Montaigne was due to represent Australia at the competition with her song ‘Don’t Break Me’.

Tom Hanks learned his lesson on Vegemite spreading while in isolation on the Gold Coast

Tom Hanks has provided another giggle-worthy instagram update today, while still in isolation on the Gold Coast.

It’s understood he’s now staying on the top floor of a resort in Broadbeach, after leaving the Gold Coast University Hospital earlier this week.

His latest update addresses the whole ‘he puts WAY too much Vegemite on his toast’ situation, after he was called out for it in his last update.

He’s also given an update on his overall health, and how good his wife Rita Wilson is at Gin Rummy – WOW.

Read it all below. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Tom.

“Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs.

“Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.

“Bad news: My wife @ritawilson has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points.

“But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick. I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx,” the post reads.

WATCH: The first stars heading into Bachelor in Paradise have been revealed!

GET excited Bachie fans!

Some of our favourite Bachelor and Bachelorette stars are back to find love in the much-anticipated new season of Bachelor in Paradise, so it’s time to whip out the sunscreen and crack open your coconuts.

So far, five contestants have been confirmed for the show – including lovable, long-haired larrikin Timm, the fabulously-British, bare-bottomed Ciarran, and laser-focused Jamie, who all appeared on Angie’s season of The Bachelorette last year.

Abbie Chatfield, who shot to fame as runner-up from Matt Agnew’s Bachelor season last year has also been locked in, along with Brittany from Nick Cummin’s season.

A trailer for the new show was released overnight and let’s just say it looks like we are all in for a real TREAT.

“Our chosen, still single-and-ready-to-mingle hopefuls made a name for themselves across five seasons of The Bachelor Australia and The Bachelorette Australia. This time, their romantic journey comes with a side of Paradise,” the WIN Network said in a statement.

“And they had better strap themselves in – the turbulence won’t stop when they disembark the plane. Cue the romance, scandal, betrayal, spilled tea and for three couples, true love.”