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Michael Lallo

Michael Lallo is an entertainment reporter for The Age. Michael joined The Age in 2006 as a feature writer. He has also been a news reporter for The Sunday Age, a deputy editor of Green Guide and a columnist and critic.

Making news

Leaks, The Lodge and a life in politics, Laurie Oakes tells all

Michael Lallo For five decades, Laurie Oakes has reported the machinations of Australian political life - and he's still just as fascinated by what goes on in the corridors of power.

Raw ambition

Sunrise streaker the latest prankster to go to extreme lengths to get on telly

A streaker distracts Simon Reeve's interview with Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir and Paddy Payne, father of  winning rider Michelle Payne.

Michael Lallo It's a fine Spring Racing Carnival tradition: interrupting live TV broadcasts by waving like an idiot, bellowing something mates, or ripping your gear off.

Derby Day: Celebrities bring the swank and swagger to the Birdcage marquees

Michael Lallo If you're an international celebrity looking for a quiet break in Australia, it's best not come during the spring racing carnival.

Bachelorette's Sam Frost confirmed as Rove McManus's co-host on 2Day FM

2Day FM's new breakfast team, Bachelorette Sam Frost and Rove McManus.

Michael Lallo The rumours are true: Bachelorette Sam Frost will join Rove McManus as host of 2Day FM's new breakfast show, Rove & Sam. 

Does Karl Stefanovic have what it takes to make it in prime time?

The Verdict panel and host Karl Stefanovic

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Michael Lallo Karl Stefanovic proved his doubters wrong by making a success of Today. But can he succeed in prime time?

Spoiler city

Bachelorette Australia: Just how far do television stations go to keep spoilers at bay?

Sam Frost

Michael Lallo Last night's Bachelorette spoiler breaks all the rules of reality TV. But what's really at stake in this secretive world?

Happily ever after

The Bachelorette Australia 2015: Sasha Mielczarek wins Sam Frost's heart in tearful finale


Michael Lallo Sasha is not the only one smitten with Sam. Why did Australian viewers fall so hard for The Bachelorette?

New dramas on the way

Seven Network unveils its show highlights for 2016, with less reality TV and more local drama

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 21:  Singer Jessica Mauboy poses for a picture at a Seven Network programming announcement on October 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media)

Michael Lallo With viewers hungry for local stories, the network will screen a record 308 hours of fresh Australian drama next year.

Bindi Irwin gets perfect score on Dancing with the Stars with Dirty Dancing move

Time of her life: Bindi Irwin re-creates <i>Dirty Dancing's</i> famous

Michael Lallo The re-creation of an iconic dance move proved nobody puts Bindi in a corner.

Kyle and Jackie O, Ross and John win top gongs at Australian Commercial Radio Awards 2015

Kiis FM's Kyle and Jackie Show won the best on-air FM team award for the fifth time.

Michael Lallo The Kyle and Jackie O Show gets its first gong since defecting from 2Day FM to Kiis FM.

Pop's bad boy

Justin Bieber fans turn the volume down and the adoration up at rooftop performance

Justin Bieber on Fox FM's World Famous rooftop

Michael Lallo With the Melbourne skyline in the background Bieber waved this magic won over his devotees.

Emmy Awards 2015 Live: awards winners and highlights

The Emmy

Michael Lallo and Bhakthi Puvanenthiran Will Mad Men finally triumph in the best drama category? Can Amy Schumer continue her meteoric rise? Stay with us for on the ground reports from Michael Idato and commentary from Michael Lallo and...

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We're in love

The Bachelor 2015: Why are we all so smitten with The Bachelor?


Michael Lallo Teenage girls, stay-at-home dads, ardent lefties: everyone is obsessed with The Bachelor. Why?

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Ladies first: Australia's Bachelorette Sam Frost is ready to shine

Ready to shine: Sam Frost.

Michael Lallo Aussie boys have had their turn at the world's most popular reality dating format and, as Michael Lallo reports, now it's time for Sam Frost to show us what the girls can do.

The Bachelor 2015: Sam sends Sarah home but she almost quit two weeks ago

Sarah (centre) at the first cocktail party.

Michael Lallo Her time on The Bachelor was 'f..king amazing' so why did Sarah almost quit before the rose ceremony?

Bitter end

When binge TV turns bad: the shows you can't stop watching even when you should

True Detective

Michael Lallo Halfway into a TV binge-a-thon, you realise you don't love show. So why do you keep watching?

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ABC and Sky News the big winners out of Liberal leadership spill

Prime Minister Tony Abbott delivers a statement in the Prime Minister's courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 September 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Lallo Australians were gripped by yesterday's dramatic Libspill - and the TV ratings prove it.

Off-the-hook backstories

X Factor 2015: Amazing shark attack survival and other off-the-hook backstories

Shark attack survivor Lisa sings on <i>The X Factor</i>.

Michael Lallo One contestant literally fought off a great white shark.

Beau Ryan: NRL Footy Show denies rumours star has been dismissed

Lauren Brant and Beau Ryan during rehearsals for <i>Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp</i>.

Michael Lallo NRL Footy Show co-hosts have slammed rumours of his sacking as 'completely untrue'.

Sam evicts Heather on The Bachelor Australia

An emotional farewell from <i>The Bachelor</i> for Heather.

Michael Lallo Viewer favourite Heather Maltman has been sent home by The Bachelor's Sam Wood in the most gut-wrenching rose ceremony yet.