Simone Callahan is a lot of things. A yoga guru, mum-of-three and, of course, spin bowler Shane Warne’s ex-wife.
But on Sunday night, the former model will be something else entirely when she quite literally bares all in front of the entire country in Channel 7’s TV event, The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night.
The 49-year-old is set to glam up and strip off alongside seven other Aussie women, all while performing a coquettish dance routine - and all for a good cause.
Similar to the all-male version, The All New Monty, which aired earlier this year, the female-only Ladies’ Night aims to raise awareness for women’s health, particularly breast cancer.
Simone bares all
While the special one-off episode was filmed back in March, Simone still remembers the ‘funniest yet most painful’ moment of the whole process - and it wasn’t taking her clothes off on stage.
In an exclusive chat with Yahoo Lifestyle, Simone recalls the day her co-stars took a break from rehearsals to participate in a photoshoot with breast cancer charity So Brave.
The charity is known for releasing a calendar featuring stunning photos of women affected by the disease, covered in nothing but body paint and glitter - and the Ladies’ Night gals decided to follow suit.
“We had to have glue stuck all over our bodies and then they put glitter [on us],” she reveals.
“When it came time to remove the glue and tape from the nipples and all that, that was horrendous,” she laughs.
“We had to get in taxis and there was glitter in the taxis. We had to get back to the hotel and there was glitter in the bathroom. There was glitter in our shoes for days!” she adds.
“We all had marks on our boobs from where they had to tape up around our nipples. That was probably the funniest and most painful part of it all,” she says.
And don’t worry, this “beautiful little part” of Simone’s Ladies’ Night journey will be featured in the program.
Simone’s pre-show prep
She reveals that she prepared to go nude in front of millions by not preparing at all, really.
“I don’t know whether I prepared myself because I really didn’t know what it was all about,” she says.
The dedicated yogi didn’t make any tweaks her daily routine, either, in the lead up to stripping off, sticking to “what I practice every day”.
But she made sure to put in the hard work in rehearsals and at home to avoid any on-stage mishaps.
“I was pretty confident once I was up on stage. It was still nerve-wracking as I haven’t performed in front of an audience like that before,” she says.
But the lead-up to Ladies’ Night has by no means been a breeze. Simone’s co-star Casey Donovan has revealed that she suffered an anxiety attack while practising her routine.
Simone and Todd face-off
Filming Ladies’ Night marked the first time Simone and choreographer Todd McKenney came face-to-face since her less-than-impressive turn on Dancing With The Stars back in 2006.
And Simone tells Yahoo Lifestyle that she was ready to impress the notoriously hard-to-please judge the second time around.
“I was hoping for a bit of redemption from Todd but I’m not sure if I got it or not,” she laughs.
“He’s such a great guy and such a professional... the show he put together is fantastic and fun,” she adds.
So, will Simone’s three kids, Brooke, 22, Jackson, 20, and Summer, 17, be tuning in?
“Yeah absolutely, they’re quite excited. The girls came to the filming of the show so they sort of know what to expect. It’ll be a fun night I’m sure, and there’ll be lots of laughs,” she says.
Simone also explains why raising awareness of women’s health, particularly breast cancer, is so important to her.
“I think it’s something that affects a lot of families, I’ve had cousins go through it, and I have a cousin who is very unwell at the moment. I’ve lost friends to it,” she reveals.
“We have to focus on ourselves before we can look after anyone else,” she says.
The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night, will see Simone, alongside Casey Donovan, Nadia Bartel, Lisa Curry, Rachael Finch, Ella Hooper, Lynne McGranger and Georgie Parker, taking their clothes off on TV to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night airs 7pm Sunday September 29 on Channel 7.
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