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My Kitchen Rules

My Kitchen Rules' Romel reveals his TV plans

Could MKR herald a whole new career for the contestant?

By Helen Vnuk
MKR may be finishing this week, but Romel is hoping to stay on our screens for a lot longer. He reveals to TV WEEK that he's working on plans for his own talk show.
"We're going to be creating a sizzle reel [a short video showcase]," he says.
Romel, who runs a Sydney modelling agency, says his talk show would be similar to Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, focusing on reality TV and other pop culture, with lots of viewer interaction.
Romel, left, says MKR has opened him up to new opportunities (Image: Channel Seven).
Along with his teammate Ibby, Romel made a guest appearance on Better Homes And Gardens last month. He describes it as "a dream come true".
"I've watched Better Homes And Gardens since Noni Hazlehurst was one of the hosts," he explains. "I'm loving doing TV; it's where I feel comfortable."
Romel, 42, is enjoying the publicity that's come with being one of the most talked-about characters on My Kitchen Rules.
"I absolutely love it," he says. "I thrive on it."
He even admits to having "set up" paparazzi shots of him and Ibby arguing on a beach, which appeared in magazines near the start of the season.
Ibby and Romel are heading to the Grand Final of MKR (Image: Channel Seven).
However, there's a drawback to being recognised when he's in public.
"On the show, I'm always dressed well, always immaculate," he says. "Now, I feel I always need to look immaculate and well-dressed even if I'm going down the road to buy a bottle of milk."
Ibby and Romel will see their fame skyrocket even further if they take out the top spot in the Grand Final on Sunday night.
The pair will be facing-off against cricketers Matt and Luke, with one team set to walk away from the cooking competition with $250,000 prize money.
My Kitchen Rules Grand Final airs Sunday, on Channel Seven.

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