With a podcast, national radio show, clothing line and TV pilot under her belt, it’s fair to say that Abbie Chatfield is one of Australia’s busiest celebrities.
The 27-year-old, who burst to fame in 2019 after coming second place on The Bachelor, is one of the few people in the country who have managed to not only extend their fifteen minutes of fame after appearing on reality TV, but build an entire empire from it.
“It’s really just been a whirlwind,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle ahead of the new season’s premiere on Sunday night.
“I was driving yesterday on my way to film something that is a little bit of a secret, and I drove near Kyle & Jackie O’s studio and I remembered how excited I was to even just be interviewed on Kyle & Jackie O three years ago, and now I've got my own radio show and I’ve taken Jackie O’s role on The Masked Singer.
“I just feel like things keep coming and I just keep saying yes. I don't know why I have this career but I love it and I think if I question it too much I might lose it a little bit, so I’ve just got to put keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
‘I was thrilled’
Speaking about the moment she received the call from her agent about being a part of the new season, Abbie admits it was quite “dramatic”.
“I was walking to get a coffee and my agent called me, and he loves drama, so he was like, ‘Do you want to be on The Masked Singer?’,” she recalls.
“And I was like, ‘I can't really sing, I don’t know’, and then he was like, ‘As a panellist!’. It was very exciting and the drama of my agent really added to it. I was thrilled.
“I do have a lot on my plate, but I think when something like this comes along you don’t really hesitate for long. The only question was about when the show was being filmed, and I had a spare spot in my schedule and it was obviously radio break, so it was perfect.”
‘There are some huge names’
Abbie went on to say that the “celebrities are bigger than ever” on this year’s season of the singing competition and viewers should prepare to have their jaws dropped.
“I'm sure they say that every year but honestly, some of Hughesy’s guesses aren't as out there as you would think,” she laughs.
“Some people that ended up being unmasked, I had them in mind but wouldn't have ever thought that they would be on The Masked Singer Australia so I kind of dismissed them. But there are some huge names.”
She adds that while former panellists Jackie O, Dannii Minogue and Urzila Carlson were fantastic, Mel, Chrissie and herself have brought “a whole new vibe to the guessing panel”.
“We really are a team working towards guessing who the people are and a win for one of us is a win for all of us,” she says.
“I actually got a beautiful message from Jackie O and she just said congratulations and she's so excited to watch. I didn’t ask for advice really because I think that I just wanted to do my own thing, but I've had a lot of support from the previous judges.
“I'm just so lucky to have this job.”
The Masked Singer Australia premieres this Sunday at 7:30pm on Channel Ten.
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