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22 NT NEWS. Wednesday, June 20, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 2 C O L O R : C M Y K ConfideNTial FASHION GOSSIP CELEBRITY NEWS with Megan Palin and Caine Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org GOSSIP GRIFFINS GRIPE LIAMHemsworths ex-girlfriend has expressed surprise the Hunger Games star popped the question to fianceeMiley Cyrus. Laura Griffin, who lives in Melbourne, told website Celebuzz shewas a little dismayed. It hurts seeing someone I spent somany years withmoving on, Griffin said. TOLLNERS SNUB CLPmember Dave Tollner was not impressedwith last weeks ConfideNTial which exposed his mates bad behaviour at one of the Darwin FashionWeek events. Tollner called theNTNews and said hewould not speak to any of its journalists until after the election. CRAWLEY EXITS IMPARJA news reporter Lauren Crawley has resigned from her posting in Alice Springs. The bubbly blonde has accepted a job in Melbourne as associate producer on Nines A Current Affair. Im sad about leaving Alice Springs as it has been a friendly, beautiful place to live, but Im excited, Crawley said. REALITY TV Our Jules turns up heat on her rivals Darwin girl Jules Pike is a contender in the latest series of MasterChef AFTER slipping under the radar for the most part the girl from the Territory has announced her arrival on one of Australias favourite reality TV shows. MasterChef competitor and bank customer service officer, Jules Julia Pike of Darwin, has come into the judges focus as a contender in the competition. Competing for immunity last week against celebrity chef superstar Jamie Oliver, Pike produced an antipasti platter which prompted high praise from the judges. I think this is some of the best food weve eaten on the show, Gary Mehigan said. And fussy foodie Matt Preston said to Pike: Youve put your hand up as being a true contender after that. Although Jules was unsuccessful in her endeavour to gain immunity, her platter scored 25/30, only two points less than Olivers and the highest of the three competitors vying for immunity. A relieved Oliver was gracious in victory but joked that being beaten by the girls might not have been so bad. Its a bit of a bittersweet ending really, he said. I wouldve quite liked to have been spanked by these girls. Earlier in the week, Pike won the right to cook for immunity by winning the team challenge with the help of Victorian competitors Tregan Borg and Alice Zaslavsky. In front of high-profile UK celebrity chef Rick Stein her Moroccan-style prawns were deemed by Stein to be the best dish of the challenge. Pike was overwhelmed by the win and said she couldnt believe it. Im honestly in shock, Im just so happy and thank you, Im so glad you liked our food, she said to the judges. The passionate cook hopes to open her own food and wine bar somewhere by the water in Darwin on the conclusion of her MasterChef experience. COMPETITION Hunt on for best Top End bachelor THE hunt is on for the firstever Top End Bachelor of the Year. The Cleo Bachelor of the Year 2012 competition wrapped up in April, without a single Territorian making the top 50. So the NT News has joined forces with Darwin radio station Hot 100 and created the Top End Bachelor of the Year competition to find the Territorys most eligible bachelor. The competition kicked off last Monday and will run until July 5. Ten hunky men will be selected to compete as finalists at the Top End Bachelor of the Year party. The winner will be crowned at the event in SkyCity on July 6. The Top End Bachelor of the Year will receive a $500 hotel stay at SkyCity, a spending voucher at Evoo restaurant and the prestigious title of the Top End Bachelor of the Year. Second and third place winners will win $100 to spend at Il Piatto. Guest judges will include Hot 100s Sarah Passalick and Tom Lewis and ConfideNTials Megan Palin. Passalick said she was looking for a man with the whole package. To enter, log on to hot100fm.com.au FESTIVAL Call to clear the air onMonsoon Sessions Videographer Todd Williams runs a workshop at the festival DARWINS Monsoon Sessions organisers are begging people to spread the word about the festival because public attendance figures to the event have been dismal. The 10-day arts-orientated festival began last week and is due to come to a close on Sunday. Monsoon Sessions is a series of workshops, mas ter classes and lectures from industry representatives aimed at people working in the arts industry. Videographer Todd Williams ran a workshop on how to film a rock concert as part of the Monsoon Sessions festival last night, but festival worker Alice Body said the event is being under utilised by the Darwin arts scene with some stupidly poor turn-outs. Its an excellent opportunity to boost both your professional and creative networks, and learn from some very smart industry representatives, many from interstate, and many from established arts institutions, Body said. From audience feedback, it seems like a lot of people may simply not have heard about the festival. But organisers are remaining positive and keen to see the event get off the ground. It would be a complete travesty if the Monsoon Sessions were not utilised by artists, Body said.
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