BINGO! Mullum girl more popular than John and Kev
By RACHEL AFFLICK
FORMER Mullumbimby High School student Renee Bargh has injected a dose of glamour into the old Aussie pastime of bingo.
The 22-year-old, who grew up in Eureka, graced Australia's television screens on Sunday night as a host of the new Channel Seven game show, National Bingo Night.
More than 1.56 million viewers tuned in, making it the most watched show of the night, ahead of Channel Seven's Kath and Kim and Channel Nine's controversial screening of the political debate between John Howard and Kevin Rudd.
She may now be Australia's most famous bingo caller, but Renee first developed an appreciation for the game as a kid, hanging out in the housie shed at Brunswick Heads.
"We always thought it was something older people played, but it's not. I used to go down there with friends and we loved it," Renee said.
Renee, who now lives in Sydney, scored the hosting role after participating in a rigorous audition process and has already completed filming all six episodes of the show.
When she wasn't learning the whole list of bingo terminology, like 'legs 11', Renee said she enjoyed the perk of working alongside her co-host Tim Campbell, of Home and Away fame.
"He was lovely. He's been in the industry for a long time and we found we had a lot of closer connections than we realised," Renee said.
And it's not Renee's first brush with fame. She appeared in the 2005 Aria Awards as a dancer for American actor David Hasselhoff, and even got to meet 'the Hoff' first-hand. "He was pretty eccentric and pretty out there, bursting into song every five minutes," she said.
The singer/model/actress also starred on Channel Ten show, Girlband. It followed a pop group as they recorded an album and went on tour.