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What It’s Really Like To Move Back Home When You’re Ben And Liam

“I feel like we haven’t made a wrong move yet.”

A lot of people are moving back home at the moment. From those who were temporarily living abroad to those who used to travel interstate for work, a large portion of Australia is adjusting to new schedules which are somewhat related to the past. 

One duo who has absolutely mastered the art of returning home is Ben and Liam. After a lengthy stint at Triple J, Ben and Liam have hopped across radio ponds to host Nova 919’s breakfast show in Adelaide. The boys spoke to us about how to make the most of wherever you land, if you just give it a shot.

To hear the full chat, check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Interestingly, radio wasn’t always the be-all and end-all for Ben or Liam. Ben opened up to us about the start of his career saying, “I never grew up wanting to be a radio host, I didn’t really have any aspirations. But, I worked on a dairy farm for like five years and I didn’t like that…” Meanwhile, Liam added “ “For me… I wanted to play for Liverpool until I was about 16 / 17, realise that wasn’t going to happen…” But, the way the cards fell, the two of them found each other through the stand-up and community radio scene and their bond grew from there. 

After about 7 years of working together, both on Fresh 92.7 (a community station in Adelaide) and on Triple J, the boys have entered the big leagues of radio, presenting on the most coveted time-slot known to man. But, to them, it doesn’t feel that different.

Although they’ve changed radio avenues, Ben and Liam are determined to keep the content they produce consistent to what their audiences know them by. When talking about moving between community radio, Triple J and Nova, Ben said  “It’s funny how every decision… always feels like it’s the big one. There’s that one which Liam was talking about (referring to a getting a paid gig in community radio), then there’s the other one which was like ‘Do we go to Triple J?’ and there was the other one which was like ‘Do we go back to Adelaide and do Nova?… They’re always going to be happening, those conversations… ” Then Liam added in, “That’s it… I feel like we haven’t made a wrong move yet.”

And even though they’re doing breakfast, they hold community radio close to their heart. When giving advice on how to crack the radio industry, the boys paid respect to their roots saying, “Pretty much wherever you are, even if you’re out regional, there are community radio stations and they are looking for people just to rock up and start doing stuff.”

Also, when talking about how they’re working during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben said, “Every show is similar but we’ve always found as a team… that sometimes you can have better ideas from being put in a box… In a weird way, it’s almost been more freeing for us because there’s no one in the building.”

There you have it. From Ben and Liam to you, embrace your home-town and embrace the things that get thrown your way because you never know where it’ll lead you.

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Will Ferrell’s ‘Eurovision’ Film Is Looking Even Better Than The Comp Itself

His voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

Very few movies can build up hype without having a pre-existing fan base, but Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is doing just that. In a matter of days, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga has become one of the most anticipated films of the year and for good reason. Let’s break down everything we know about this upcoming flick.

Speaking of the film industry, we spoke about it on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The story follows Lars Erickssong (played by Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (played by Rachel McAdams), who are two small-town, Icelandic singers who get the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Literally, we can’t believe this movie hasn’t been made already. 

(Credit: Netflix)

In the past few days, we’ve been exposed to more details that make this upcoming feel-good comedy look like one that we’ll be talking about for ages.

Firstly, Graham Norton has been brought onto the project to play himself and we couldn’t be more excited. The iconic British talk-show host also happens to be a commentator for Eurovision in the UK and Ireland and thus, he will be brought onto the project to play a fictional version of himself. We love to see it.  

Also, in case you missed it, 007-alumni, Pierce Brosnan, is also on board for the project.

In an interview with the Late Late Show, Brosnan said, “It takes place in Iceland and Will and his girlfriend, they want to sing in the Eurovision Song Contest. I play Erick, the father, possibly ‘the most handsome man in Iceland’, as they say. And I’m a fisherman; I shun these kinds of foolish ways… I think it’s a wonderful film!”

In addition to all of this, Netflix has released a song performed by the film’s protagonists Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir called ‘Volcano Man’ and far out, it’s a literal banger.

(Credit: Netflix)

The song which was also released via SBS’ Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! showcases Rachel McAdams’ flawless vocal ability and Will Ferrell giving us Pitch Perfect realness. Remind us again why she isn’t a popstar yet? Watch the incredible clip music video here.

All this information has us on the edge of our seats for the film to come out. Look, we are sad that the contest was cancelled this year, but we’ll gladly take this Eurovision film instead.

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‘Masterchef’ Proves Asian Representation Is As Easy As Two-Minute Noodles

“This is the real on-screen diversity we’ve all been waiting for.”

Last night’s Masterchef episode was one for the ages. While this season has been filled with some wild challenges that involved sushi trains, shocking twists and Katy Pery, this episode gave voice to a very important slice of Australia. 

We spoke about this season of ‘Masterchef: Back To Win’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The episode was all about instant noodles. And while some of you were wondering where the Mi Goreng noodles were or learning how to pronounce ‘Maggi’ correctly, we saw something quite beautiful on-screen. For hours, during prime-time tv, Australian audiences were subject to Asian culture, Asian representation and Asian women killing it.

As Poh Ling Yeow, Reece Hignell, Jess Liemantara and Simon Toohey were all challenged to “pimp out” two-minute noodles, Asian families around Australia gasped at the sight they were seeing.

Benjamin Law put it best when he said, “This is the real on-screen diversity we’ve all been waiting for.”

But, he’s not the only one. The #MasterchefAU hashtag was popping off on Twitter, with many praising the Australian-Asian representation on-screen from not only the noodle challenge but the following ‘comfort food’ challenge, which saw both Poh and Jess plate up Asian-inspired dishes. 

A lot of the discourse around Masterchef this season has been about the positive representation on screen, with each episode diving into new cultures and giving them a platform to be enjoyed by the wider-Austalia. Additionally, the introduction of an Asian-female judge and the abundance of queer, ethnic and non-men voices on screen make this show feel like it does capture the reality of Australia.

Speaking of representation on-screen, we spoke about Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Funny that Austalia was worried that the new season would flop without the OG judges returning but, after what’s happened this season, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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