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Monday, 11 December 2017

Jessica Mauboy: 2018 Eurovision Australian artist

Jessica Mauboy is Australia’s artist for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!

Yes... She has already performed on the Eurovision world stage as a guest in 2014, but this time… she is chasing Eurovision glory.

SBS has just announced that Jessica Mauboy is Australia’s contestant at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal and broadcast exclusively on SBS from May 9 to13, 2018.

Eurovision will be broadcast on SBS in May 2018, and will be hosted by the network's  new Eurovisionaries Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, returning after their debut as hosts and commentators at the 2017 contest. Here they are with the announcement:

In 2014, Jessica made history when she was invited to perform as an interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, being the first non-European solo artist to do so. Here is that performance (Josie's Juice remembers Jess with her beautiful long flowing gown and dancing across that Eurovision stage):


This time, she’s competing for Australia and a shot at Eurovision glory.
Jessica Mauboy said:

“Eurovision is a wonderfully joyous and unique event. It brings together over 40 diverse countries and cultures under one roof to unite us all in music. It shows how much the power of song can transcend differences.  I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous - mainly about the stress of the dress!”

One of Australia’s most successful female artists, Jessica is from Darwin with her mother from the Indigenous KuKu Yalanji tribe and her father from Timor. Her musical journey began in 2006 with the hit TV show 'Australian Idol', and since then she’s sold over 3.4 million units globally, achieved five top 10 albums, 15 top twenty singles, four ARIA accredited Platinum selling albums and has won two ARIA Music Awards from 24 nominations. Her songs have been streamed globally 158 million times and her videos have been viewed globally 37 million times.

Jessica has been a strong campaigner for the welfare of Indigenous children, and has opened many doors for Indigenous performers.

Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke said:

“Jessica Mauboy’s performance at ESC Copenhagen 2014 opened the door for Australia to compete at Eurovision – before the great moments of Guy, Dami and Isaiah there was Jess, who touched the hearts of the Eurovision directors and proved just how talented our vocalists are. Since then we have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned. We can’t wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision-style as a galactic soul diva.”

Galactic soul diva! My new fave bunch of words! 

On the artist announcement, Myf Warhurst said:

“Look out Lisbon because we are sending one of the best in the biz to Eurovision 2018. I’ve been following Jessica’s career from the start and the girl’s gone from strength to strength – she can sing, dance, act – I hear she can even make a mean Portuguese Tart. C’mon Australia, get behind our Jessica!”

Joel Creasey said:

“Ever since my failed audition for the Young Divas back in ’08, I’ve been trying everything I can to work with Jess Mauboy. Her response has mostly been ‘Can I Get a Moment To Myself?!’ – but finally, the stars have aligned! Jess is a true star with a powerhouse voice and has a great personality to boot. J-Mau, you’re going to be amazing. Let’s show Europe what we’re made of!”

The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since joining the competition, Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years. GO AUSSIES!

The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest television music competition and in 2017, the Semi Finals and Grand Final attracted 182 million* viewers worldwide and reached more than three million** Australians. 

SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years. Eurovision celebrates diversity and strengthens bonds between different cultures by bringing them together; united in a common passion for music.  

In 2018, the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted for the first time ever by Portugal, in its capital city of Lisbon, after Salvador Sobral won the 2017 competition with his love ballad Amar Pelos Dois.

Follow the social media convo here: #SBSEurovision

Bonus clip!

Jessica on the 'Ellen' show:

Sunday, 10 December 2017

'Stranger Things': A 'Bad Lip Reading' VIDEO

When 'Bad Lip Reading' meets 'Stranger Things' - THIS.

In this ep, El watches the boys rehearse a scene from their play, while Joyce and Hopper butt heads over musical tastes. Featuring Gillian Jacobs as the voice of Nancy.

Follow them on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/badlipreading

Friday, 8 December 2017

Turia Pitt: baby born

Turia Pitt has had her first baby with her fiancé Michael.

Just recently she said:

"We're frothing to meet you Baby Hoskin!"

Here is the first pic, and his name:

  • Hakavai Hoskin.

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In 2011, Turia was caught in a grassfire and suffered burns to 65% of her body. Surviving against incredible odds, she says on her site:

"I've rebuilt my life and defied every expectation placed on me. I'm living proof that, with the right mindset, we truly can achieve anything. Through my books, online programs and events, I provide the tools to help ..."

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport: HOTEL REVIEW

Josie's Juice loves a hotel stay, but make no mistake... we are not necessarily all 'posh style' or hotel snobs.

Give us a comfy, soft bed, privacy, a good TV, a room service menu with some good quality tasty options... and we are yours.

Travelodge SO fits that bill.

Josie's Juice recalls attending the Sydney rebrand launch a few years ago and the rooms were impressive. So clean and neat and comfy - it ticked ALL the boxes for the non spoilt JJ team.

We also love our sleep, and en route to the airport for early morning flights are KILLER.

So the just opened Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport is kinda perfect.

Located at Mascot, 
at Riordan Street and King Street in Mascot, it's a mere 500 metres from domestic terminal entrances. YES! 

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport is the perfect hotel for no-nonsense morning travellers. It's a comfy, convenient spot to rest your head, and the room service is rather impressive.

We had the pumpkin gnocchi, with lemon and sage beurre noisette, and goat's cheese. The perfect meal for a late night tummy rumble after a big work day.

See the whole menu HERE.

And best of all, and building on the brand’s Refreshingly Simple’ offering, Australia’s first ’Silent Check-Outwhich launched at the hotel when it opened several weeks ago, allowing guests to catch that early morning flight without having to utter a word, from the moment they wake up to when they step on the airport shuttle bus.

First, the hotel team will provide guests with a special clock created by tech geniuses Sensorwake. It’s the world’s first Olfactory Alarm Clock and promises “a perfumed, enlightened and melodious wake- up. Guests simply program the clock before bed and, hey presto, the delicious smell of bacon-y goodness (or brewing coffee, for those who prefer it) will rouse them.

Those who really can't utter a word before coffee can use this service, which Josie's Juice finds kinda funny: guests can present themselves at reception and refer to a ‘Silent Check-Out’ poster to indicate their needs: ‘I need coffee’, ‘I need to settle my bill, or I missed my flight, can I stay another night?’ 

Want to have a chat like we do? The hotel’s friendly staff are ever obliging and lovely.

The new 209-room hotel is the eighteenth Travelodge Hotel in Australia and New Zealand and offers “more of what you want and less of what you don’t” in line with the hotel chains 'Refreshingly Simple' brand promise. The hotel offers comfortable beds and contemporary decor, free Wi-Fi, and their standard 11am check-out.

The hotel offers buffet breakfast, and guests can also indulge in the all-day dining and late night bar at T’s Bar & Bistro, the perfect spot to have a cheeky drink. T’s Bar & Bistro serves hearty breakfasts, offers fresh and delicious all-day dining menus and is open until late.

The hotel is spacious with vast open lobby, decorated with cool, modern touches. Guests also have access to an 800-bay car park at a rate of $15 per entry per day, or they can take the regular shuttle bus service that operates every half an hour between the hotel, domestic and international airport terminals, available to book for $6 per person per trip.

For more: https://www.travelodgehotels.com.au/sydney-airport/

More about Sensorwake and the world’s first Olfactory Alarm Clock: the trialled and tested Sensorwake alarm clock harnesses the most powerful and active sense humans have - smell. Reported as the ‘friendly alarm clock’ that ‘shuns annoyances’, it wakes users gently by invoking positive emotions associated with particular scents, ensuring they wake up content, every day. The efficiency of Sensorwake has been validated by a credible jury of the world’s most prestigious scientific competitions including Google ScienceFair, the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the European Innovation Jury. As featured on the Jimmy Fallon Show and CNN, Sensorwake launched its alarm clocks in 2015. For more see: sensorwake.com

The current promo for Travelodge is 'Travelodge Choosedays'. Every Tuesday is Chooseday at Travelodge. Book online on a Tuesday and choose your next getaway, save up to 15%* and receive a 2 for 1 breakfast!

Minimum 1 night stay required. Stay Dates: 12/09/17 - 30/07/18  Book By: 31/12/17

For more, see this link.

Or go here: TFEhotels.com or go social @tfehotels

See the Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport photo gallery here:

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle engagement interview outtakes: VIDEO

In the past few days we've been even more enamoured with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with the news of their engagement.

But this.

Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle goof it up in these outtakes from their BBC interview this week. Fun and humour and laughter and having a little secret language between you is a sure fire sign of a happy life when times get tough. Argh, LOVE THESE TWO!

Josie's Juice LOVES reading the YouTube comments below videos (when they're nice... or bloody funny... and sometimes scary accurate... like this one):

Since time immemorial men have been suckers for females with glowing skin, a warm smile, sparkling eyes, a good heart, a suportive and caring nature, a forgiving spirit, a similar world vision, a loyal disposition. They have fallen for the person who welcomes their boyishness and embraces their manfulness, that sexual playmate, who appreciates their feminine side and empathises with their weaknesses. To find such a woman unleashes the intoxicating inner hidden depths of emotional pleasure, that addictive elixir that cannot be satiated. Harry has found that itch-reliever, that thirst-quencher, that other half, that lock for his key...he has found God and the universe, he has founded his unique family strain....and the heavens rejoice!!!

And here is the FULL interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on BBC:

Erin Molan Pregnant

Channel Nine sports presenter Erin Molan has announced she is expecting her first child, with fiancé Sean Ogilvy.

Erin made the announcement on Friday evening's '9 News', telling viewers: "Sean and I are very blessed and very excited to announce, I guess, that we are having a child, which is slightly terrifying but beautiful news."
We wish you both a lifetime of happiness, Erin and Sean!
Here is the announcement:

Josie's Juice was fortunate to spend the day with Erin and Sean recently at the Gooree Park Melbourne Cup event, through our sister comply RoJo Consulting.
Here is the pic fellow newsreader and now 'Today' show co anchor Georgie Gardner shared after Erin announced her happy news during their shared news broadcast:

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This is  a beautiful, fun couple and we know they will be fantastic parents.
HUGE congratulations, Erin and Sean!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Same-sex marriage bill passes Senate

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed the Senate.

However, with a sitting week cancelled in the House of Representatives, MPs will not continue debate until next week.

The bill passed without amendment, with 43 senators voting yes and 12 no.

The bill will now be debated by the Lower House when MPs return to Canberra next week, leading the way for same-sex marriage to be legalised by Christmas.
Liberal senator Dean Smith, who authored the bill, told his Senate colleagues before the vote that while it had been a difficult journey to get to this point, the debate over the bill had been "good for the soul" of all Australians.
At a glance, here is what happened: 43 voted yes, 12 voted no, some senators abstained from casting a vote. The bill passed without amendment, and will now move to the House of Representatives for further debate. House of Representatives' sitting week was cancelled, so will not resume until next Monday.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Don Burke, Tracy Grimshaw: INTERVIEW

Don Burke was interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw last night on 'A Current Affair', following the most shocking of sexual harassment claims levelled against him.

In his only television interview, the former TV gardening guru admits to making mistakes, but denies these allegations.

The FULL interview is HERE.

Meghan Markle Engagement Ring: PHOTO + Prince Harry + Meghan first photo

Meghan Markle showed off her engagement ring from Prince Harry, and here is the first photo, and the newly engaged couple. 

Earlier this month, after receiving her parents' blessing, Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle in London.

Clarence House shared the news with the public on Monday, with all members of Harry's immediate family, and Meghan's parents also issued a statement, saying, "...We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together."

Not long after their engagement was announced, the couple appeared from Kensington Palace and posed for photographers. Meghan wore a white coat over a knee-length dress, while her new fiancé wore a navy suit.
Meghan said she was feeling "so happy," while Harry was "thrilled" and "glad it's not raining." Meghan described Harry's proposal as "very" romantic, but asked for details, he said, "That will come later."
Harry added that he knew Meghan was The One "the very first time we met."
The couple will pose for an engagement portrait on Monday (UK time) and sit for an interview, to air later that night in the UK.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Meghan Markle As You've Never Seen Here Before: VIDEOS + PHOTOS

Meghan Markle is best known for her role on hit TV series 'Suits'.

And now of course, Harry's girl. She has been in a relationship with Prince Harry, Prince of Wales since June 2016, and today, on November 27, 2017, their engagement was announced. They will marry in early 2018.

But here are some things you may not have known about Meghan.

Her name is actually Rachel Meghan Markle.

She was born on August 4, 1981, and not only is she a US actress, she was also a model, and a humanitarian.

Since 2011 Markle has portrayed Rachel Zane on the legal drama series 'Suits' and is also known for her role as special agent Amy Jessup in the sci-fi thriller 'Fringe.'

She was the pretty gal on 'Horrible Bosses' - Josie's Juice has watched this movie several times... and didn't know this fun fact!

Here is the clip:

And... she was a 'Deal Or No Deal' girl! She's listed as 'holder of case #24' in 4 eps:

Markle was in a relationship with actor and producer Trevor Engelson between 2004 and 2013, marrying on September 10, 2011 and divorcing in August 2013. Since June 2016, she has been in a relationship with Prince Harry.

On November 8, 2016, an official statement was released from the Royal Family's communications secretary addressing the "wave of abuse and harassment" directed toward Markle that followed the announcement of her relationship with Prince Harry. The statement spoke to the sexism, racism and defamatory stories directed at Markle and urged the press to "pause and reflect" before driving these storylines.

In September 2017, during an interview with Vanity Fair, Markle spoke in public for the first time about her love for Prince Harry saying, "We're two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people's perception." Later that month, they made their first public appearances together at an official royal engagement – the wheelchair tennis event, and the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto.

Meghan sees herself as a foodie, with part of her character incorporated into her 'Suits' role as Rachel Zane.

Possible wedding day invitees? She is friends with Serena Williams, and Jessica and Ben Mulroney.

Markle has said of her parents: "My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African-US... I have come to embrace [this and] say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident, mixed-race woman."

Her mother, Doria Radlan, has a master's degree in social work from the University of Southern California and works as a psychotherapist and yoga instructor.

Her father, of Dutch, English, Irish and Scottish descent is an Emmy award winning lighting director Thomas W. Markle, whose profession resulted in a young Meghan often visiting the set of 'Married... with Children'.

Markle grew up in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles  where, from age five, she was educated at private schools: at Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and later at Immaculate Heart High School a girls only Catholic school in Los Angeles.

She graduated in 2003 from Northwestern University near Chicago, where she took theatre studies before completing her bachelor's degree in theatre and international studies; coursework included an internship at the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires.

Here is more you may not know about Meghan:

To support herself between early acting jobs she worked as a freelance calligrapher and took on several contract acting and modeling jobs including that stint as a 'briefcase girl' on 'Deal Or No Deal'.

In 2002, Markle appeared in an episode of the daytime soap opera, 'General Hospital'. She appeared in 'Fringe' as Junior Agent Amy Jessup in the first two episodes of its second season. Since July 2011 she has played paralegal Rachel Zane on the 'Suits'.

Did you know Markle has appeared in two 2010 films? 'Get Him To The Greek' and 'Remember Me', and in 'Horrible Bosses' in 2011, see clip above.

She appeared in the short film 'The Candidate' as a secretary in 2012. She has also appeared in episodes of 'Century City', 'Cuts', 'Love, Inc, 'The War At Home', 90210, 'Knight Rider', 'Without A Trace', 'The Apostles', 'CSI: NY', 'The League' and 'Castle'.

Markle is also a writer! 
She is founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle website 'The Tig', which closed in April 2017.

In November 2016 Markle and Canadian clothing company Reitmans released a line of women's fashion workwear.

In 2016, Markle became a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign.

She has also worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate.

Markle was a counsellor for international charity One Young World, speaking at the 2014 annual summit in Dublin on the topics of gender equality and modern-day slavery. She also attended the 2016 summit in Ottawa. And the biggest 'shock' of all?

Meghan is a distant relation of Prince Harry. Their common ancestors are Elizabeth Bowes (1505– c.1572) and her husband, Richard Bowes, son of Sir Ralph Bowes of Streatlam Castle and High Sheriff of County Durham – ancestors of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (nee Bowes-Lyon).


And more for 'Suits' fans:

Here is a wrap of her transformation:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engaged: statement confirms

Prince Harry, 33 and Meghan Markle, 36 are engaged, Prince Charles has said in a statement.

Kensington Palace said in an announcement the couple got engaged in London earlier this month, and their wedding will be taking place during the UK's spring next year. The Queen and other close members of the Royal family have been informed.

"Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms Markle's parents," the statement said.
The couple will take part in a broadcast interview tonight, UK time. Oh my...royalists, Josie's Juice, the whole world are EXCITED!

The royal wedding will take place in the spring of next year. Prince Harry and Meghan will appear at a photocall at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon (UK time) to celebrate their engagement and record a television broadcast due to be screened on Monday evening. So by the time you read this and go to sleep, Aussie readers, it will allllll be happening!
Here is the announcement:

 Prince Harry and Markle met in July 2016 after they were introduced through friends.
He publicly confirmed their relationship a few months later in an answer to to the media, which had been intruding into Markle's private life.
It wasn't until September 2017 that they made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto, a sports event for wounded veterans.
"We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person," Markle's parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said in a statement.
"To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents.
British Prime Minister Theresa May also sent her congrats to the couple.
"I would like to offer my very warmest congratulations to HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their engagement," a 10 Downing Street statement said.
"This is a time of huge celebration and excitement for two people in love and, on behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I wish them great happiness for the future."
Markle is best known for her role in the US TV legal drama 'Suits'. Prince Harry is currently fifth-in-line to the British throne.