With TEN’s Lara Bingle series having launched well and with plenty of publicity, attention will soon swing to Seven’s fly-on-the-wall series My Bedazzled Life, featuring Brynne Edelsten.
I’m not a big fan of the genre, but of the two I would tip the Edelsten series as likely to be more successful.
This is in part due to the comparisons we could conclude with both appearing on last year’s Dancing with the Stars. Edelsten came across as being a bit naive, but happy to take things with good humour -especially when a few barbs were thrown her way. The audience seemed to respond to the fact she was happy to have a go. Lara Bingle on the other hand seemed to struggle to put in an effort -at least that’s the way it came across on screen.
Yesterday an article in the Sun-Herald suggested Seven have been pleasantly surprised by the footage for Edelsten’s series, and how much “warts and all” it has proven.
“Initially Seven was keen for the series but no one knew how good it was going to be,” a ‘network mole’ (publicist?) said. ”Everyone has been blown away by the initial footage. It has definitely exceeded expectations.
”It’s amazing how much she gives away – it’s full of tears and high emotion, and not just her running around shopping or in contrived situations. She really is an open book.”
While both are following socialites with camera crews there are also subtle difference in their premise. Being Lara Bingle shows us a girl from Sutherland Shire living a high life, often as a fish out of water. My Bedazzled Life could potentially have a bit of Green Acres in it: “darlink I love you but give me Park Avenue” as Eva Gabor once sang…. If it can incorporate a sense of humour it may give it an edge that is lacking in BLB.
Include that footage of her deer-in-headlights hosting on The Morning Show and it could be priceless.