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Virginia and Ian Depart It Takes Two

April 22, 2008, 11:00 am Alicia Neil whomagazine

As Julia Morris and Russell Robertson are left to battle for singing supremacy on It Takes Two's grand finale on April 22, All Saints's Virginia Gay leaves with her newfound voice of a saint after her belting rendition of "Hallelujah", thanks the help of rocker Ian Moss.

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But the journey wasn't easy-she talks to WHO about her tears, terror and a somewhat embarrassing crush on David Hobson!

Have you had any sleep after your elimination?

I actually slept like a log. There was that adrenalin high and then the low hit me. I've actually been sick for two weeks so I was like, "Oh, bed!"

How are you feeling leaving so close to the final?

I was so happy to even be part of that final three. I'm blown away by what great performers they all are-as both showmen and great singers. And all of them are really funny, lovely and approachable people, so it was an absolute delight to work with those guys.

What did you do to celebrate?

Channel 7 gave us a bottle of Moët & Chandon each to say thanks for being on the show. Mossy and I cracked the bottles open on the steps of the building and had a glass of warm Moët together. We are such classy people!

Did you have a goal to make it to a certain week?

I truly did not think I would last past week one! It's all so exposing. As a Virgo, making mistakes in front of people has been really, really hard. I like to keep my mistakes very private! The most awesome barometer has been the Qantas staff. I flew back and forth from Sydney to Melbourne each week. Every time I get on the plane I'd know if I'd done a good job or not by how the staff would react. When I'd done a good job I'd get, "I just loved you, that song is my favourite," and when I'd let myself down it would be simply, "Lovely to see you again"!

Why did you decide to take part in It Takes Two?

I've always really, really liked singing. I'd sing around the house, and I used to be in the school choir. So when all of this started I thought it would be a great idea to have a go, not realising that it's absolutely terrifying! For a long time I felt like I was letting Ian down. There was one point during the show when I was in a terrible fit of tears on the phone, apologising.

How bad was your confidence to start with?

The confidence was all fake the whole way through! It has been a dirty lie, that confidence! And I think there definitely were some weeks where I wasn't lying that well, and you can just see the fear in my eyes.

What went on backstage?

Well, Paul O'Brien and I used to run lines back stage, him for Home and Away and me for All Saints. He'd be like, "Put the gun down, I'm a cop", and I'd be like, "BP is 140 over 60-he's crashing!" just before going on stage! It was an insane schedule, but that's what made it so fun and so much like life on the edge. And who thinks life should be easy and unchallenging?

Have you noticed an improvement in your singing?

I'm absolutely blown away that I've actually learnt something and changed on reality television. I always thought reality TV was a big mock up! But I learnt to hit notes so far out of my range.

What was the best advice Ian gave you?

He said go out there, close your eyes, and listen to the story that's coming through your voice. So that's what I was trying to remember during my last performance, and it made a massive change.

Were you an Ian Moss fan prior to It Takes Two?

Rock wasn't a huge part of my upbringing. But I was a massive fan of David Hobson! I've had a crush on him since I was about 14 years old. Most sensible people would have a crush on Ian Moss, but I went the wacky other way-I've seen him in about every production since I was 14!

Did you tell him?

I did. He's such a sweetheart. He blushed!

Who do you tip to win?

I reckon you cannot pick it. They're both fantastic showmen, both fantastic singers, they have a great chemistry with the public. I would not put money on it because I really think it's 50-50.

What are you going to do now?

Firstly, I'm just going to get a lot of sleep, and then it's back to work on All Saints.

What's your ultimate career ambition?

I would love to do a Broadway musical. I really miss the stage-that's something It Takes Two has reminded me of with the live audience. It feels like nothing else, it's such a drug. So I'd love to do that.

What role would you love to play?

Either Anita in West Side Story, or Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; my favourite role of all time.

So you can sing, but can you dance?

I took about one Argentinean Tango lesson-that's surely enough isn't it? I can move my hips from side to side!

Virginia's chosen charity is Medecins Sans Frontires Australia

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