*WARNING EMBARGOED FOR THE GUIDE COVER AUGUST 28* Samantha Armytage hosts the TV series Bringing Sexy Back. Supplied by Channel 7.
*WARNING EMBARGOED FOR THE GUIDE COVER AUGUST 28* Samantha Armytage hosts the TV series Bringing Sexy Back. Supplied by Channel 7.

Sam's team of transformers make Aussies feel sexy again

SAMANTHA Armytage loves being the bearer of good things on Bringing Sexy Back.

The Sunrise co-anchor hosts Channel 7's new makeover series which helps Aussies turn their health and lives around.

"It's been a really rewarding show," Armytage told The Guide.

"It's lovely to see these people transform. They're so happy and genuinely full of joy at the end of it. I stand up close to them on the stage when we reveal what they look like and you see the joy in their eyes, their skin is glowing, they've got their health back.

"I've been in the public eye for more than 15 years and I know what it's like to feel you fall short of others' expectations but this show is about equipping people to make healthy life choices."

Surprisingly, the former news reporter said she found presenting the show more challenging than live television.

"At the beginning it's a bit This Is Your Life-esque," she said. "We really surprise them. It's sort of me creeping into movie theatres and walking into pubs saying 'hello Lisa'. That was quite intimidating to me. I'd never done anything like this before.

"I'm part of an ensemble on Sunrise and I've always got people to fall back on. With Bringing Sexy Back you only have one take because these people don't know you're coming and you don't know what they're going to do."

The overweight men and women spend one intense week with trainer Cameron Byrnes learning how to exercise and eat a healthy diet.

Samantha Armytage with stylist Jules Sebastian and personal trainer Cameron Byrnes.
Samantha Armytage with stylist Jules Sebastian and personal trainer Cameron Byrnes. Channel 7

Byrnes is a trainer to famous Sydneysiders including actor Luke Jacobz, singer Stan Walker and radio personality Jackie O.

Armytage said a common theme running throughout the series was a lack of time and changing life priorities as the reasons for weight gain.

"A lot of them have kids so they've started putting themselves second, third, fourth or fifth," Armytage said.

"They've pushed themselves to the back of the queue and that's when you start to let go of your exercise and not eat the right things.

"Sometimes you form bad habits and they stick and you need a jolt to rewire yourself. That's what we do. They're all really ready for change and it's a shock to a lot of them, but they all appreciate it at the end."

Each episode focuses on one person or couple, following their four-month journey from their initial commitment to change to the final makeover at the hands of stylist Jules Sebastian.

Plenty of tears are shed on the reveal nights when the final transformations are unveiled to friends and family.

"There are a lot of tears but they're good tears," Armytage said.

"Jules had just had a baby so she had lots of post-baby tears. Jules would cry, then Cam would cry and then I would cry (laughs).

 "I love the fact that with each person you'll get to know them and throughout the show you'll want them to do well. I get a real buzz towards the end of (each) show."

Bringing Sexy Back airs on Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Channel 7.



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