First Look: Australia’s Next Top Model Season Ten

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Megan Gale joins Alex Perry and Jen Hawkins as a judge on season ten of Australia’s Next Top Model.  Image Credit: Foxtel 2016

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Fox8’s “Australia’s Next Top Model” is set to pull out all the stops to not only salute the past nine seasons of this hit modelling show, but to also showcase just why our local version of Tyra Banks model search competition is serving up some of the best winners in the world.

Returning to season ten is host Jennifer Hawkins, panel judge Alex Perry and model coach Cheyenne Tozzi who are joined this season by the addition of Megan Gale to the judging panel  Gone is co-model coach and uber swoon-worthy Didier Cohen, now replaced with the Stenmark Twins, Jordan and Zack, who both seems a little ‘carboardy’ in the first two episodes given for preview.

In honor of this tenth season, a gaggle of well-known models from Elle ‘the body’ McPherson to Miranda Kerr and past contestants who have more than done well for themselves since their seasons ended including winner Montana Cox and Season 7’s Simone Holtznagel all make appearances throughout the season.

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Belinda from NSW is my dark horse pick this season.

Also back this season is the terrible scoring system introduced back in season nine  which has all the girls ranked on a scoring system with points coming from the weekly challenge and the weekly photo shoot and once again, has Alex Perry literally determining the fate of who stays and who goes home with his final score offering.  The ‘blind’ scoring system used by Tyra Banks and co in the US version seems to be much more fairer (to the viewers) than the scoring system our Aussie version is using.

The top 13 girls this season all meet the brief of being young, gorgeous and tall, some with more potential than others and some who stand out right from the get-go as potential front runners and unlike last season, there’s no bogan-turned-international-runway-model.  There is stunner Aleyna from NSW who shines in the Alex Perry branded runway show and NSW’s Daisy who has a little bit of the Chloe Moretz-Grace’s about her features but is way to cocky for her own good.  Sofie from Tasmania is the girl who apparently complains about shoes that are too small (I didn’t see that happen) and gets the usual “I’ve put my size 17 feet into a size 2 shoe” quip from Cheyenne Tozzi and Summer from VIC has little to no control over her ‘dear in headlights’ eyes.

Tuesday’s first episode has Alex Perry kicking off this seasons first challenge – again, surprising the girls with an Alex Perry runway show in front of 400 industry power houses. One girl slays the runway while another has trouble dealing with critiques from the judges.

Australia’s Next Top Model – Season Ten starts Tuesday, Sept 20th at 7:30pm on FOX8

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Fallout 4 Mods for PS4 Officially Scrapped…..For Now.

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“Zella’s Dyed Wigs” are just one of many mods currently available for Fallout 4 on PC and XBox 1

PS4 owners currently playing Bethesda’s Fallout 4 (including myself) have been patiently waiting since its release back in November 2015 for any news of mod support coming to fruition for their console versions of the game.  The official word from Bethesda was that June 2016 will see, for the first time ever, official mods coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox 1 users playing Fallout 4.

It was exciting news for console users as the range of mods that had been available for PC versions of most Fallout games, that included everything from texture improvements, new settlement build items, body modifications, new hair textures, outfits, weapons – even changing seasons….were finally coming to consoles and would virtually make the experience of Fallout a brand new one that would look as however we determined it to.

June came and passed and it’s now early September and Xbox 1 users are now reveling in mods for the game while it seems PS4 users have been left out in the rain and may never actually see mods at all and according to Bethesda, it’s not on their behalf.

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Mods can drastically alter the way the original game of Fallout 4 looked and felt.

On their official site, Bethesda announced they are halting their fight to get mods out for PS4 users because Sony won’t come to the game.  The statement reads:

“After months of discussion with Sony, we regret to say that while we have long been ready to offer mod support on PlayStation 4, Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition.

Like you, we are disappointed by Sony’s decision given the considerable time and effort we have put into this project, and the amount of time our fans have waited for mod support to arrive. We consider this an important initiative and we hope to find other ways user mods can be available for our PlayStation audience. However, until Sony will allow us to offer proper mod support for PS4, that content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim on PlayStation 4 will not be available.

We will provide an update if and when this situation changes.”

As it reads, this news will also affect the hugely anticipated Skyrim Special Edition release that is also being flogged as offering mods to PS4 users.  It appears the breakdown between Bethesda and Sony comes in the form of not enough mod storage space (900mb for PS4 to 2GB for XBox 1), sound file support and texture issues with PC to console modding.  It also seems Bethesda’s approach to mods “where users can do anything they want” isn’t sitting too well with Sony either.

And to kick us PS4 Fallout players while we’re down, The development team on Farming Simulator 17 have confirmed that mods will be playable on the PS4 version of the game from the day of release.  Don’t ask me why this is happening but not for Fallout 4!

I wonder how much an XBox 1 costs these days?

 

Winners & Losers Series Finale Wins Our Hearts and Tears.

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Girl power!  (L to R) Melissa Bergland, Demi Harman, Melanie Vallejo and Virginia Gay.  Image credit: Channel 7.

Better get the tissues ready as long running Aussie drama Winners & Losers is sadly, after five seasons, coming to an end on Monday night in massive double episode filled with tears, friendly faces, more tears, many laughs and even more tears.

With Channel 7 pushing out double episodes on a weekly basis since the shows return, they’ve decided to call Monday nights epic finale a ‘movie length send off’ while in reality, the first of the two final episodes is a follow up to last weeks cliff-hanger and takes a close look at Sophie’s (Melanie Vallejo) love triangle with Luke (Nathin Butler) and his brother Alex (Scott Smart) while Jenny (Melissa Bergland), who has discovered she’s finally pregnant, must find the right way to reunite with Gabe (Nick Russell) after she chose to pretty much end their marriage after his kiss with co-worker Riley (Demi Harman)

Thankfully it’s not all woe and drama wtih Frances (Virginia Gay) and Pete (James Saunders) deciding to take a romantic ‘mini moon’ after their sudden nuptials….in a fancy hotel, in the city…..but find themselves struggling to keep up with the fast paced youths running rampant in the same hotel and Riley discovering her ex is about to get married and toys with the idea of going to said wedding and making a scene to prove a point.

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Frances (Virginia Gay) imagines what life would have been like had she taken more chances after the lotto win.  Image Credit: Channel 7.

It’s not until the loose ends involving Sophie and Jenny are done and dusted and a sneaky little glimpse at a 15 year high school reunion invitation that we make our way into the final ever episode (insert tears here).  Jenny, Sophie and Frances are to be interviewed for a documentary on lotto winners five years on from their win, just how much their lives have changed and are they happier now than before they won.  It’s a smart way to push the newly inserted Riley out of the story line (she’s off with Gabe working on the presentation of the SpoilSport app) and allow the three remaining lead characters take the spotlight together for one last time while they take in their lives now and where they started off.

Familiar faces including the entire Gross clan – Trish, Brian and Patrick Gross (Denise Scott, Francis Greenlade and Jack Pearson) and former nemesis Tiffany Turner (Michala Banas) are a very much welcome return but don’t be expecting much more than that.  For a show that offered up a slew of recurring characters over its five seasons, sadly, there is virtually no reference to those we loved who have come and gone like Bec (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith), Doug (Tom Wren), Flynn (Tom Hobbs) or Sam (Katherine Hicks).

But, that’s not what this Winners & Losers finale is about.  The aim is clearly to give a massive send off to who we have left standing and to celebrate the big changes coming their way as we say goodbye to the girls we’ve come to know over the past five years.

Tissues will be needed and lots of them, but probably not until the last 15 or so minutes because that’s when it all gets real and we know the end is coming.  It’s always tough to give a show a respectable farewell and the final few scenes are actually a perfect way to say goodbye to Jenny, Frances and Sophie as we’re offered a perfect little glimpse into their lives after it’s all said and done.  The only thing that may rub fans wrong is that said ‘non mention’ of long gone series favorites.

I can honestly say for Jenny, Sophie and Frances, I wouldn’t have had this finale any other way.

The Winners and Losers series finale starts Monday night, September 12th at 8:50pm on Channel 7.