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Real Housewives of Sydney: Not much polish on these 'ladies'

by April 22, 2017 General

Exactly who in their right mind would want to become a member of The Real Housewives of Sydney television show?

Nicole O’Neil, Lisa Oldfield, Victoria Rees, Melissa Tkautz, Krissy Marsh, Matty  Samaei and Athena X Levendi apparently were champing at the bit to get on the show, but what are we to make of these women now the first season is almost over?

The first couple of episodes looked promising, with the ladies engaging in the sort of inconsequential frippery – wine being thrown in faces, hideous garments being tossed overboard in fits of rage, shrill screeching matches – all the normal fodder of the Real Housewives franchise.

Indeed there is not that much difference between the shows featuring “wives” in Orange County, New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, D.C., Beverly Hills, Miami, Potomac, and Dallas with those wives in Melbourne, Auckland, Cheshire, Toronto, Bangkok and here in Sydney.

Over the past couple of months Australia has witnessed some excruciatingly embarrassing behaviour by a group of women, who, despite their diamonds and blow dries, conduct themselves in anything but an elegantly polished manner.

They have been caught on camera behaving like harpies, though “caught” is probably the wrong word here, with many of the “dramas” looking and feeling somewhat premeditated and designed to increase their camera time.

Some of the language would make a wharfie blush, as the “ladies” turn on each other over the most trivial of slights, from how many carats are on their fingers, to not being invited to a tedious party or even whether any of the other ladies are paying attention to the banal drivel they spout every Sunday night.

Of course it makes fabulous viewing of the train wreck variety, but one has to wonder at what cost to the women actually on the screen.

Victoria Rees says she has been “gagged” by the show’s producers and won’t talk about the program publicly, but privately she routinely fires off nasty barbs to reporters, me included, if she is unhappy with her coverage.

And yet Rees is the same woman who has single handedly turned RHOS into the scandalous headline maker it has become, not in the least for the time she slapped a producer in Singapore, though she has repeatedly denied the claims even when they had been verified by several witnesses.

Last week a press release lobbed into my inbox heralding to the world that Rees’ co-star Krissy Marsh was about to launch herself as a charity queen. Marsh has become an ambassador for The Wishing Well, which was established in 2010 to benefit foster children.

This is all very good, but sadly it is somewhat overshadowed by the shenanigans the wise-cracking loudmouth has found herself in on television, including an unseemly scrag fight that took place in an art gallery, resulting in a round of tawdry name calling between Marsh and Lisa Oldfield.

Indeed it was Oldfield who later reflected to PS on her experience in the show: “It has reminded me of why I really don’t like women.”

And while RHOS has generated plenty of publicity, ratings for the show have admittedly been “soft”, though PS hears a second season of the franchise looks likely, with some of the wives themselves claiming to already be in talks and keen to sign up.

Perhaps they should rename the show: Real Masochists of Sydney.