Joel Creasey on Abbie Chatfield and Martha Kalifatidis: 'They’re mini businesses'

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Alongside stand-up comedian, actor, radio host and TV presenter, Joel Creasey can now proudly add ‘recording artist’ to his list of achievements.

The multi-talented star has just dropped his very first music video to celebrate the Australian premiere of the brand new spin-off series in the Real Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, on hayu.

Joel Creasey recording his new song.
Joel Creasey has released his very first music video. Photo: Supplied

Chic C’est La Vie (Ultimate Girls Trip Remix) is a tribute to The Real Housewives of New York City’s Luann De Lesseps’ iconic 2011 single and music video, which simply exudes, as the song says, “beauty, class and elegance”.

“Countess Luann, she’s up there with your Celine Dions, your Britney Spears’, your Lady Gagas,” Joel tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “So to get to replicate it, it was an honour and a dream come true.

“Anyone that knows me will know that I like to live life as if I am a Real Housewife and so it really wasn’t that hard to get in the zone. I have genuinely thrown a glass of champagne on someone at a dinner party before, so it was all second nature to me.”

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For the music video, Joel teamed up with a group of people he calls “three of Australia’s most respected musical divas” - Abbie Chatfield, Martha Kalifatidis and Brandon Lee Scott.

“I actually learned quite a bit off of them,” he remarks. “It’s amazing how they can multitask, like they can be constantly catching content and having a conversation at the same time and also doing their job and having their makeup done. It was very impressive.”

‘They’re mini businesses’

The Nova host says he’s a “big fan” of both Abbie and Martha, who are arguably two of Australia’s most popular reality TV stars, and found it “amazing” getting to work alongside them.

“Their confidence was quite inspiring actually, just the way that they come in all guns blazing,” he details about the I’m A Celebrity champion and former Married At First Sight bride.

“Although we’re a similar age, I came up in media kind of the old school way. I did live stand up and then I put on stand up shows and then I started appearing on TV shows, then I did a reality show.

“But basically they came in via the reality TV route, which I'm all for, like get in any way you can. It was interesting just seeing how they operate, they’re mini businesses.”

Joel Creasey with Abbie Chatfield, Martha Kalifatidis and Brandon Lee Scott.
Joel teamed up with Abbie Chatfield, Martha Kalifatidis and Brandon Lee Scott for the music video. Photo: Supplied

‘She speaks in sound bites’

Speaking about meeting Martha for the first time, Joel admits that she actually took him by surprise.

“I didn’t know she was gonna be just as funny and as brilliant as she is,” he says. “She is hilarious. She speaks in sound bites, it’s amazing.”

As for Abbie, the pair actually first came into contact when she was interviewed on The Project after coming second on The Bachelor in 2019.

“I remember hosting The Project that night and I wasn’t super across that season, but I knew she sort of had a bit of a villain edit,” he explains.

“And Lisa Wilkinson was like, ‘No, this woman is brilliant. She’s going to go on to do big things’. And I remember interviewing her and I was like, ‘She's amazing, who is she? And who is the bloke that turned her down? What was he thinking?!’.”

Joel Creasey and Abbie Chatfield on The Project in 2019.
Joel remembers meeting Abbie on The Project in 2019 and says she was ‘amazing’. Photo: Channel Ten

‘I don’t think I’d be able to handle that’

While Joel is evidently a massive fan of reality TV himself - “I kind of watch it like people watch sport,” he says about the Real Housewives franchise - fans would remember that he made his debut reality TV appearance competing on the very first season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! back in 2015.

“We had no idea what we were walking into and no idea what to expect,” he recalls about the experience.

“Now I think the celebrities kind of know where the camp is because they can talk to the multitude of celebrities who’ve done it before. But we were like, ‘What is going on? Is anyone even watching this show?’ We had no idea.”

As for whether he will make a return to a reality TV competition sometime in the near future, Joel has a rather clear idea of what he is and isn’t willing to do.

SAS, I just don't know how I would go when they put the bag over your head,” he says.

“I don't think I’d be able to handle that. Or if you yelled at me to run up a hill I’d be like, just ask nicely and I'll do it, you don’t need to yell. What are you going to achieve from yelling? I'm not going to join the army.

“The one I wouldn’t mind doing but the scheduling never really works out is Celebrity Apprentice, because I quite like wheeling and dealing, I like wearing nice suits and I love getting into arguments. And it's all for charity!”

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip is available to stream exclusively on hayu.

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