10 Aussie Reality TV Stars Who Went On To Bigger And Better Things
Everyone has to get their start somewhere, and celebrities are no different. Here are 10 Aussie reality tv stars who have used their sudden (and oftentimes fleeting) fame to move onto bigger and better things.
1. Sam Frost
Possibly the most recent reality star to use her fame as a launching pad for a better career is Australia’s newest darling, Sam Frost.
Sam appeared on The Bachelor in 2014 where she was famously dumped by then-fiancé Blake Garvey after a whirlwind romance. She returned in 2015 as The Bachelorette and continued to win everyone’s hearts, eventually finding love with winner Sasha Mielczarek.
It wasn’t long before Sam scored one of the hottest gigs on radio, donning the headphones for the breakfast shift alongside Rove McManus at 2DAY FM.
2. Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian was the very first winner of Australian Idol back in 2003, beating Shannon Noll in the final. In the years since then, he has released eight top ten albums including two number ones, had six number one singles, won an ARIA award, appeared as a judge on XFactor and represented Australia at Eurovision 2015. And we get the feeling he’s just warming up.
3. Jessica Mauboy
Another successful Australian Idol alum is Jessica Mauboy, who was runner up in the singing competition in 2006, losing to Damien Leith in the finale. Since then, Jessica has crafted a career as an R&B and pop singer, songwriter, and actress. She has won two ARIAs and starred in two musical feature films Bran Nue Dae and The Sapphires among other on-screen projects.
4. Ryan Fitzgerald
Who can forget “Fryzie” (as he was known then) on Big Brother in 2004? He was the big tall loud mouthed one who always wore MLS tshirts. MLS for Massive Loser Squad. He has since been renamed “Fitzy” and now appears as part of Fitzy and Wippa‘s breakfast show on Sydney radio’s Nova 96.9 FM. He has also made regular appearances on The Project and various other programs.
5. Sophie Monk
Sophie Monk was one of our very first reality stars after her band Bardot was formed following 2000’s series of Popstars. The 36 year old English-born blonde bombshell has gone on to model, record a solo album, star in movies and tv series, fill in on breakfast radio, date a Madden brother and become a judge on Australia’s Got Talent.
6. Adam Dovile
Adam Dovile’s effortless can-do attitude and booming laugh won our hearts during Channel Seven’s reality hit, House Rules in 2014. He and wife Lisa took out the ultimate House Rules prize, and Better Homes and Gardens came along to snap him up as their resident DIY handyman shortly afterwards. Adam even picked up a Logie for Australia’s Best New Talent. His star is certainly on the rise.
7. Dami Im
Our latest superstar, Dami Im, got her start when she won The XFactor Australia in 2013. Afterwards, she released the single “Alive” which debuted at number one and went platinum. More recently, Dami represented Australia at the Eurovision 2016 song contest, singing her current hit “Sound of Silence”, and placing second. We’ve not heard the last from this amazingly talented star, that’s for sure.
8. Chrissie Swan
Chrissie Swan burst onto our screens when she was crowned runner up of the inaugural Big Brother series in 2003. Since then, Chrissie has gone on to star on multiple radio shows, co-host Network Ten’s morning show, The Circle, and hosted television series Can of Worms. She makes occasional appearances on The Project as a panel guest and is the co-host of The Great Australian Spelling Bee. She also returned to the reality genre with a stint on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2015, coming in third place.
9. Julie Goodwin
Julie Goodwin took out the first series of MasterChef Australia in 2009, defeating artist Poh Ling Yeow in the final. Since her win, the 45 year old mum from the Central Coast in NSW has appeared in a weekly cooking segment on the Today show, and on series one of the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!. Julie has published three cook books and is currently hosting a breakfast show on Star 104.5 FM on the Central Coast.
10. Dr Andrew Rochford
Dr Andrew Rochford and his then-girlfriend Jamie Nicholson appeared on The Block in 2004 and was then asked to co-present the series What’s Good For You, hosted by Sigrid Thornton. Since his big break he has appeared on many television programs including The Project, Studio 10, The Circle, and even a cameo appearance on Offspring. He’s also done some radio too. He’s currently an emergency registrar at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.