The sunglasses went flying, and the clothes followed soon after - The All New Monty hit screens with the reckless abandon of the gold g-strings that littered the stage after the finale.
A nation clutched at its pearls as eight well-known men took their naked bodies to the stage in the most Aussie stand for men’s health you could possibly imagine.
The dads dominated the stag, showing off the kind of ‘dad bods’ most can only dream of.
The Bachelor’s Matty J and NRL star George Burgess, who both welcomed brand new baby girls - as recently as yesterday - in George’s case, took a running leap at fatherhood, taking on the ultimate dad role of embarrassing their kids before they are old enough to understand it.
There was also a surprise naked man who brought the final tally up to eight - choreographer Todd McKenney ditched host Shane Jacobson in a last-minute twist.
Todd shocked everyone - probably mostly his mum who was seated front and centre - by jumping in to the dance and out of his clothes at the eleventh hour, joining the men he had been training for weeks.
This year’s take on the wild success of last year’s extravaganza didn’t disappoint; the famous fellas stripping down to bring up men’s health in a big way.
Who got in the nude?
There were beloved kids entertainers (taking a night off for mum or dad), sporting stars, veterans of the screen, and even reality heartthrobs jostling for space to let it all hang out.
Brendan ‘Fev’ Fevola, gave us a teaser of what was to come with a racy snap of his gold g-string this morning, and if that wasn’t enough to make us blush, imagine when it hit the floor.
The ex-AFL star talked incessantly of nerves, and fear of ‘letting the team down’ ahead of the big night, but if anything, he was loving the limelight.
He may have made it through the jungle as a former winner of I’m a Celeb, but he - along with all the other fellas - weren’t looking forward to the manscaping that came with the g-string territory.
A pre-show segment showed us - in what I would call unnecessary detail - the meticulous grooming that preceded the raunchy charity dance and some shared far more than others (Matty J, I’m looking at you).
On the back of yesterday’s new addition to the Burgess household, proud dad of three George, was seen bringing the locker room to the public stage while then-pregnant wife Joanna cheered him on from the side.
Despite being a bit skin-shy ahead of the big reveal Matty J strutted a serious six pack to the delight of the crowd while fiancée and the also expecting (now new mum) Laura Byrne cheered on her man from the front row.
Sam Moran, the former yellow Wiggle, left the Hot Potato at home in favour of a more adult take on his usual shtick, while Rugby star Lote Tuqiri, veteran actor John Wood, and veteran AFL star Robert DiPierdomenico showed the young bloods a thing or two about loving the skin you’re in.
The real exposé
Behind the giggles (and wiggles), there was a strong cause pushing everyone forward - men’s health with a focus on prostate and testicular cancer.
The real strip down for most was the interviews sharing the emotional rationale behind participating in the good, if challenging, cause.
Most had close family members affected, or their own experiences, or warned of leaving a health check a little too late.
The show hopes that by flashing some famous privates, men will feel more comfortable getting theirs out in front of a doctor who could save their lives.
Most important takeaway? Get checked before it’s too late.
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