I had the immense pleasure of interviewing the highly talented Tom Sharah from I Will Survive yesterday. Not only was he truly humble and obviously a true team player, he was funny and so very sweet. With him and the boys (some) having the mantra “Be better – not Bitter”, here is another side to the show. Thanks again Tom!
What was your favourite experience on the show?
So far Toni Collette guest judging, such a surprise. She is a true triple threat who has been an Oscar nominee, Golden globe and Emmy winner, appeared on Broadway and released an album. Imagine our surprise when we saw her in Port Augusta and there for us! What better person to be able to sponge off, I took notes that people would kill for and think it was the best thing we could have hoped for – someone of that level meeting us in Port Augusta. We all wanted to learn and were prepared to be torn down and built back up.
What are you doing career wise at the moment?
I’m creating my own show for November but it’s all a bit hush-hush at the moment. It will be inspired by “I Will Survive”, but is in the early stages at this point.
What did you think about the way you were edited?
I think it was accurate. On the road it’s so gruelling and just to get through takes a phenomenal effort. They were 16 hour days and I’m happy that IWS shows our effort.
Do you think the show will work overseas?
If shown in the UK or US, I think it will be embraced. They love our mentality so much.
Would you ever consider doing more reality TV?
I’d have to think hard on that.
What about The Amazing Race?
NO WAY – I’d be terrible.
Fave TV shows?
Modern Family, Girls, Love My Way and my guilty pleasure is Australia’s Next Top Model.
How do you think this show will enhance your career?
Yes, I hope so. I think some people might underestimate us due to the show not rating the highest, but the exposure is great and we have such loyal fans
What is more frightening – hitting country towns in drag or performing for the judges?
I found both challenging, but I love challenges. In country towns if you show fear they will smell it! The judges on the other hand wanted to encourage us, not punish us.
Did you find the judges fair and accurate – because I usually completely disagree?
Listening to a performance live and then on TV can sound and come across completely different and I think people need to understand that.
What about Jason and Stephan – was there a preference?
Stephan and I relate personality wise where Jason I am more like, He got the jdging process and I wanted to impress him on a personal level.
Is Davin really a BITCH?
He was a bitch but was justified. He came on to be honest – so more power to him. He is a quiet achiever with dry humour, who kept to himself and didn’t cope with loud people.
Besides you, who do you think should be the winner now – and why?
Rohan or Michael – they have all the bases covered.
Where there any contestants you particularly bonded with?
Michael – We will be life long friends
Rohan – A devine specimen of a human being.
Adrian – Friends on a deep level.
Was there any one that grated on your nerves?
No, we all knew how to give each other breathing time.
What about Jamie and his tantrums – or was that editing too?
Jamie was a lovely guy who just had a different work ethic. The work load was hard and they worked us into the ground, but you have to think about the group as a whole. He didn’t do himself any favours.
Tonight – the eliminated contestant will do an interview with Throng. Will it be Nathan, Davin or Brendan???