Instant Hotel: Behind the Camera

It’s funny how things happen…like the call I got from central casting at Channel Seven, out of the blue, inviting me to step in front of a camera and talk about my life for five minutes. Next thing I know, I’m plunged into the world of reality TV, which, by the way, bears little resemblance to any reality I have ever known.

So, for about 12 weeks I put my real life on hold and go on walkabout around Australia crashing in on people’s homes and judging them!

I met all kinds of folks who have been plucked from their sane, calm lives to get in touch with their competitive streaks. I suspect that some of them – normally mild-mannered – shocked themselves at how filthy they could become when
criticised by total strangers.

We had ten home hotels, ten couples to defend them to the hilt, a sexy prize, a friendly host and me, the slightly scary hospitality design expert…Instant Hotel was born.

Lots of friends asked me afterwards: “Was it fun to do?” There were fun moments, for sure. Mainly behind the scenes with the very blokey crew and less blokey, Luke Jacobz, who, by the way, is a delight to know. Sometimes the tension ‘front of house’, between the more highly-strung contestants, was quite wearing; like being in a conflict zone were the only safe place was the loo!

I actually bumped into one of the more testy contestants months later and had to resist the temptation to duck for cover in a shop doorway. But, to my surprise, we had a pleasant chat. He was a different person to the one I remembered and clearly a little embarrassed and bemused by some of the on- screen antics, as if he’d been having an out-of- body experience.

“I needed to detox afterwards and so I went away for a few weeks,” he said sheepishly.

As I say, it’s funny how things happen in TV land.

2017-11-24T05:07:56+00:00November 15th, 2017|Instant Hotel, Interior Design|7 Comments

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  1. Rodrigo December 30, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Hey! We just saw the show on Netflix with my girlfriend. It was really tense but you were the chill pill of sorts. Everyone in the show seemed to respect your opinion as an expert and that brought certain objectiveness to the overall result. The host also seemed to share your opinion about the rivalries and rather unpleasant moments with the contestants. We appreciate your work and professionalism.

    Greetings from Chile

  2. Ethan Adams January 1, 2019 at 2:33 pm

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  3. Anonymous January 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Samantha ans James

  4. Ethan Adams January 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Samantha ans James

  5. Anel Aguiar January 7, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Felicidades Juliet por esta nueva experiencia profesional.
    Acabo de ver toda la temporada de Instant Hotel después de pensar que sería aburrido, fue todo lo contrario!

    Me encantó el nivel profesional que sostuviste sobretodo cuando hubo situaciones tensas.

    Saludos desde México.

  6. Kasia and Wojtek January 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Juliet you rule! We are waiting for next Instant Hotel season on Netflix:)
    Greetings from Poland!

  7. Lllccc January 25, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Fun show. You are a breath of fresh air at the end, real class. I wonder what was cut out on the editing floor after the second groups final episode at shay and Mikey’s. You held it together well, but dying to know what was really said.
    Look forward to the next episodes.
    Show is a smash, I hope you will continue!

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