Gogglebox Australia

Gogglebox talk: Yes to love

This week, the Goggleboxers watched Sophie Monk sort of spill the break-up beans on A Current Affair and the heartwarming tale of Christine Forster's marriage on Australian Story.

Every evening in Australia, more than four million of us choose to spend a night in front of the telly. Have you ever wondered what other people are watching? Or what they think about the Abbott siblings, Sophie Monk, and finding true love in 2018?  

Love is in the air

One of the greatest ironies of last year's same-sex marriage debate was that its greatest political opponent happened to be the brother of one of its most outspoken supporters.

Irony became happily ever after earlier this year when Tony Abbott's sister, Christine Forster married her long-term partner and soulmate, Virginia Flitcroft in one of 2018’s first high-profile gay weddings.

The ceremony was a beautiful, heartwarming affair - as so many weddings of loved ones are. Tony surprised most of the nation by actually attending his sister's ceremony, but as the Goggleboxers noted, seemed to have trouble enjoying the couple's happiness. It's maybe a case of keeping up appearances - or maybe blood really is thicker than water - either way, the plebiscite's pool of no voters will have to embrace our nation's brilliant and refreshing gay pride. 

And while Australia is so ready to embrace love in all its wonderful forms, it seems we are not ready to let go of John Paul Young, and what is probably Australia's greatest love song to date. 

Looking for love

For every happily ever after, it seems there has to be a sob-story too. Sophie Monk has openly shared her quest for love with Australia, and as (somewhat unsurprisingly) her reality-TV relationship with a married man with four kids and a vasectomy didn't work out, her quest continues. 

On A Current Affair, Sophie kept mostly quiet about the intricate details of her split, instead shifting the focus of the interview to what she's doing now - a pretty strong move on a current affairs show known for dialing up the drama in the blandest of stories.

However, it looks like Sophie's simply promoting her new dating show - Love Island Australia, in which the unlucky in love reality star will guide a host of other hopefuls through the pitfalls of (island) romance. 


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