Cast list of Celebrity Apprentice unveiled - & there are some diverse names!

GABI Grecko and her 72-year-old tycoon husband Geoffrey Edelsten will go head to head in the new season of Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice.

The controversial couple lead a cast of radio, reality TV and sporting stars who will compete to survive a grilling from high-profile entrepreneur Mark Bouris.

A controversial face in the line-up is radio DJ Mel Greig, who was involved in an ill-fated prank call in which she posed as the Queen. The “royal hoax” prompted a distressed hospital nurse in London to take her own life.

Fellow DJ Sophie Monk has signed up, along with reality TV stars Gina Liano (Real Housewives of Melbourne), Tim Dormer (Big Brother) and Blake Garvey (The Bachelor).

The cast is rounded out by TV actress Esther Anderson, Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin, NRL superstar Matt Cooper, TV presenter James Mathison and Hollywood gossip guru Richard Reid.

The show will continue to be fronted by Mr Bouris, financial adviser, founder of Wizard Home Loans and the now chairman of financial advice and planning company Yellow Brick Road.

Bouris took on the role in 2009, when the show was just called The Apprentice, and is a much more televisually pleasing contrast to the US’s Donald Trump, who took the American version of the show to lofty heights.

In previous seasons of Australia’s Celebrity Apprentice — which started in 2011 — Bouris’s advisers were names like former Women’s Weekly editor Deborah Thomas, Wizard co-founder Brad Seymour and Mark’s son, Dane Bouris.

For this season, that double act has been replaced with two well-known women: TV industry stalwart Kerri-Anne Kennerley and ModelCo beauty company boss Shelley Barrett.

The bold, outspoken and colourful duo will observe the apprentices and report back to the Bouris base camp before the big gun makes his weekly decision as to who gets fired each week.

Barrett, a TV newbie, is well-qualified for the business role having been hailed as one of Australia’s top female entrepreneurs.

“When I created ModelCo, I had no idea it would evolve into the global beauty brand it is today,” Barrett said.

“It certainly didn’t happen overnight. It took years and years of hard work, determination and skill. I have learnt so much along the way, I certainly feel well equipped to mentor the contestants.

“Every journey has a starting point. All the contestants have been given a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders. I am really looking forward to accompanying the group along the way.”

ModelCo products may be loved by Victoria Beckham, Michelle Obama, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Elle Macpherson, Dannii Minogue, Cheyenne Tozzi and Rosie Huntington-Whitelely, but will the crop of celeb apprentices love her as well?

Meanwhile, Kennerley is looking forward to being involved in a new area of TV for the industry professional.

“This is the type and area of television that I haven’t done before so I’m looking forward to working with Mr Bouris on this show,’’ she said.

Celebrity Apprentice has a strong corporate structure at the heart of it, even though there’s lots of fun involved.

“People are probably not aware of my business activities. I’ve been on the board of two public companies. I’m on the board of Golf Australia and the Council of the Order of Australia, as well as being the CEO of my own business.

“When it comes to hiring and firing, I know you have to take it quite seriously.”

Filming of Celebrity Apprentice is under way — the first day of shooting happened at Sydney’s Rockpool restaurant today — with the season airing on Nine in September.

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Base Body Babes Instagram hacked: but the popular health chicks vow to regain followers

Base Body Babes is a health and fitness brand directed by Sydney sisters, Felicia Oreb and Diana Johnson. With one of the most successful fitness Instagram accounts @basebodybabes with almost 560,000 followers and several thriving businesses, Base Body Babes has become one of the worlds most recognised and well respected health and fitness brands.

At 4am yesterday morning (18th July), Felicia woke up to check their Instagram account @basebodybabes. When she tried to view their profile, she realised she had been logged out and the password wasn’t working. Confused, she picked up her husbands phone and checked the @basebodybabes page where she was shocked to see only 170 of their 765 images left on the profile. “Before my eyes, the images were being deleted one after another and within a few minutes, the entire account was deleted and the name was changed to “@dailyfitnessbabes”. It had been hacked!” Felicia said. The hackers name has been changed several times and is now “finestfitnessgoals”. The only thing that remained the same, were the girls 559,000 followers.

Felicia contacted Instagram instantly via email to report the hacking and seek some answers. They had some minor correspondence with the tech team, but have still had no promise that anything can or will be done to retrieve their account. They are still eagerly awaiting their response and are hopeful Instagram will be able to help them regain all of their followers and content and shut down the hacker.

Base Body Babes have now started a new page with the same name @basebodybabes and have accumulated almost 40k followers within 24hours. They are on a mission to get back all of their 559,000 stolen and very beloved followers that they have spent years gaining. Meanwhile the hacked account is quickly losing followers as the Base Body Babes confused followers unfollow this new unfamiliar spam account.

“We have started an Instagram campaign called #bringbackbasebodybabes and we have had the most amazing response from fellow Instagrammers, with hundreds of accounts sharing our images and encouraging people to follow us and report the hackers account.

We have been so overwhelmed with the love and support so far and are feeling positive.” Felicia said. “We will not let one person destroy everything we have worked so hard to develop, we are strong, motivated, passionate women and will be working harder than ever to recreate what was stolen from us.” Diana said.

Body Base update: the fit chicks have their Instagram handle and their followers all back.

Michelle Bridges' and partner, Steve 'Commando' Willis, announce their pregnancy

Fantastic news to hear that Michelle Bridges has confirmed she is having her first child with a partner, Steve ‘commando’ Willis. The 44 year old fitness queen announced it on her Instagram page – as you tend to do an hour days if you frequent celebrity land – with Michelle reporting she is 18 weeks pregnant and is due to give birth just after Christmas. Congrats all round!

Lancome celebrates 80 years of beauty life

Last night, General Manager of Lancôme Australia, Ed Holmes, hosted an evening of beauty and elegance at The Langham Sydney, to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the brand, founded by entrepreneur Armand Petitjean in 1935. The Langham Sydney played home to, what can only be described as, an evening to remember.

The very essence of Lancôme was captured on the evening, through an inspired voyage of the senses. As guests sipped on Cuvée Rosé by Laurent Perrier, they were treated to the beautifully crafted watercolour works of internationally acclaimed fashion illustrator, Kerrie Hess, to the olfactory delights of flawlessly arranged and perfectly formed roses by Saskia Havekes of Grandiflora, the quintessence of Lancôme. Working alongside The Langham Sydney’s Executive Chef, Thomas Heinrich and Head Patissiere, Chef Miguel Jocson, Australia’s leading food editor, Donna Hay created an exquisitely French-inspired culinary experience. Lastly, to fill the heads and hearts of our 170 VIP and media guests was a private performance by one of Australia’s most celebrated performing artists of the 21st century, Jessica Mauboy. This Australian icon was simply breath-taking. Each brought a unique element to form a much larger vision of beauty and sophistication.

Through these phenomenal women – and globally the brand’s ambassadresses, Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Lupita Nyong’o, Lily Collins, Alma Jodorowsky and Daria Werbowy – Lancôme celebrates 80 years young through the women who embody the qualities of elegance, beauty and innovation so effortlessly.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our partner, The Langham Sydney. This most beautiful boutique hotel is befitting of the most celebratory and elegant of moments in a brand’s history.

The evening was perfectly supported by our sponsors, Laurent Perrier, for the truly elegant, French touch of Cuvée Rosé, and to our water sponsor, Santa Vittoria, for keeping our guests chic and hydrated.

#lancôme80 #langhamsydney

Marco Pierre White in Sydney to talk up Margaret River Gourmet Escape


Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi 2015 is set to be bigger than ever before, with the announcement of international headline chef, the ‘Godfather of modern cooking’, Marco Pierre White.

Marco will take part in the three-day culinary extravaganza, with a full program of events hosted by over 40 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities and showcasing the best of WA and the Margaret River Wine region. Tickets go on sale at midday on Tuesday 28th July (AWST).

Marco has built an empire of London restaurants and was the youngest chef to win three Michelin stars and this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of his cookbook, White Heat, “the coolest cookbook ever written”. Known for his fiery nature, the famed British chef, author and restaurateur who mentored the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali will engage with Margaret River Gourmet Escape’s audience and showcase quintessential produce and wine from the South West.

One of the most anticipated events across the three-day festival will see Marco host a Q&A over dinner at the exquisite Vasse Felix winery with his alumni Jock Zonfrillo, Richard Turner and Spencer Patrick. These great chefs will re- create signature dishes that the then young chefs had to produce under Michelin starred pressure from the kitchens of Marco Pierre White’s eponymous restaurants.

“Eating is one of the most important aspects of living. I like indulging. I like to eat one food at a time, to savour each individual thing,” says Marco.

“The Australian food scene fascinates me so I am especially excited to return and be part of this extraordinary festival and explore the diversity of incredible produce and wine from this beautiful region, Margaret River. Joining me is an impressive line up of international talent who feel the same way from Mexico to Russia, Chile and Thailand.

German luxury carmaker, Audi, has joined the event as Presenting Partner. The brand, well known for its exceptional lifestyle events, is thrilled to be collaborating with Margaret River Gourmet Escape alongside some of Australia’s best cooking talent including Guillaume Brahimi (Audi Ambassador) and Matt Moran (Audi Ambassador).

From all corners of the world, an incredible and unique coming together of global talent, six of whom are from the *S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best list will join Marco on the Margaret River stage to inspire and excite guests through a mutual respect of biodiversity and sustainability making their trip to a region rich in these practices.

There are over 50 chefs featured, some of the best known names include; Rick Stein, David Thompson, Tetsuya Wakuda, Matt Moran, Mark Best, Adriano Zumbo, Poh Ling Yewo and a swag of other big time culinary masters.

Dates: 20 – 22 November 2015

To see the full program of events, visit

Tickets available through Ticketek from midday 28th July (AWST) –

About Margaret River

Margaret River is ranked among the world’s most famous wine regions, home to 217 vineyards and 187 wineries. It is the only wine region in Australia that can lure locals and tourists with arguably the best beaches in the world, coastal ‘cape to cape’ walking tracks, world-renowned surfing breaks and spectacular wine and dining experiences. Only a leisurely 3-hour drive south of Perth, this wine destination speaks for itself.