From the Hoff to Jessie J: 10 TV guest spots to remember

Baywatch star David Hasselhoff appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice for three episodes. Photo: Supplied Adele spoke about the pitfalls of fame on 60 Minutes. Photo: Channel Nine

Redfoo’s appearance on the judging panel of The X Factor was outlandish. Photo: Channel Seven

Meatloaf’s performance at the AFL Grand Final in 2011 didn’t exactly bring the house down. Photo: Getty Images/Mark Dadswell

Kevin Federline’s Excess Baggage appearance had him admitted to hospital twice. Photo: Supplied

Joan Rivers mocked the Logies at her appearance in 2006. Photo: Penny Stephens

The programmers of Australian television have an uncanny knack for recruiting international guests from across the globe in a bid to boost ratings and up the ante. Those appearances can range from the unexpected to the bizarre. Whether it be on a judging panel or in competition with their fellow Aussie rivals, imported guests can be a spanner in the works or a boon for ratings.

Here are 10 of the most random international guest appearances on Australian TV in recent years.

10. Meat Loaf – AFL grand final (2011)

The American rocker was crucified by the Australian public for his much-maligned pre-match performance at the 2011 AFL grand final. Meat Loaf blamed hemorrhaging vocal chords for his shambolic performance and retaliated by calling the AFL a group of  “the cheapest people I’ve ever seen in my life” and saying that next time he was in Australia he’d “kick their ass”. A few days later, he issued an apology to the AFL and his Australian fans.

9. Andre Rieu – Neighbours (2009)

It was once voted as one of Neighbours’ “weirdest” storylines and it’s not hard to see why. Dutch violinist Andre Rieu made his debut on the soap in 2009, stepping out of a limo to serenade Paul Robinson and Rebecca in the middle of the street. The bizarre marriage of pop-culture and classical music makes a little more sense when you realise that Neighbours has had a long run in The Netherlands.

​8. Joan Rivers – Logies appearance (2006)

The Logies can too often be predictable no matter how hard the promoters try, so they went the extra mile and brought in legendary Hollywood comic Joan Rivers. But she was so unimpressed at what she saw that she made a mockery of the event, declaring: “I know you’re all famous, I know I’m sitting with important people, but I don’t know who you are!” Later she admitted: “I don’t know why the f— I’m here!”

7. David Hasselhoff – The Celebrity Apprentice (2012)

When it was announced that Baywatch veteran David Hasselhoff was being brought into the mix, The Celebrity Apprentice looked to be pretty colourful. But the Hoff made an abrupt exit after filming just three episodes. He claimed he had “family commitments” and it was speculated that he had prior commitments elsewhere that conflicted with the filming. But news reports after his departure suggested Channel Nine knew in advance of his “shock” exit.

6. Redfoo – The X Factor Australia (2013-14)

It seemed outlandish that Redfoo was sitting on the judging panel of a show about judging talent, considering the ludicrous scope of his musical abilities. Then he compounded the problem when he released a single, Literally I Can’t, that drew fire for lyrics deemed sexist. He wasn’t part of the following season of The X Factor.

5. Kevin Federline – Excess Baggage (2012)

When it comes to excess baggage, Kevin Federline sure has a lot of it. The former backing dancer, best known for his failed marriage to Britney Spears, had packed on the kilos in recent years and was a recruit for the Australian reality show Excess Baggage. It was soon axed, but not before Federline had to be hospitalised twice during filming.

4. Jason Derulo and Kelly Rowland – Everybody Dance Now (2012)

It was Channel Ten’s answer to So You Think You Can Dance, but even R&B megastars Jason Derulo and Kelly Rowland couldn’t bring life to the reality-TV dance show. Brought in as “dance masters”, the two would mentor contestants through each stage “to do battle in a colosseum-style dance duel”. Unfortunately, the show was axed after low ratings prompted Ten bosses to cut their losses.  

3. Ed Sheeran – Home and Away (2015)

Seeing the mega-selling redhead crooner on Home and Away was enough to prompt a double take. But considering the Australian soap’s enormous popularity in Britain, it’s not so surprising. Sheeran played Teddy, a boy who singer Marilyn Chambers used to look after when she lived in Britain. Marilyn later convinces Teddy to perform a song for the Summer Bay locals at a packed-out diner.  

2. Adele: 60 minutes (2015)

She’s one of the world’s most revered pop-ballad divas and has a penchant for writing songs that pull the heartstrings – so 60 minutes scored a coup in securing a tell-all interview on the eve of her latest album release. Liz Hayes sat down with the Grammy Award winner to discuss the pitfalls of fame, new album 25 and the enormous standards she has to live up following her colossal success.

1. Jessie J – The Voice (2015)

She provoked the ire of Delta Goodrem and was ruthless when it came to playing the game, but British popstar Jessie J sure made a splash when she came down under the judge on The Voice. Eventually tensions heightened to the point where it went from a talent quest to the “Delta Goodrem versus Jessie J Show”.

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