Plane saga could play out on reality show
The shocking incident where The Veronicas were kicked off a flight is likely to play out on the pop duo's new reality show, where it may become clear exactly what happened.
The two-time ARIA Award-winning singers made national headlines yesterday after they reportedly "refused to follow crew instructions" on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Brisbane on Sunday.
Lisa and Jess Origliasso, both 34, were deemed security risks by the airline and booted from the plane over a reported baggage mishap. But the twin sisters took to Instagram to slam the airline, adding they were "pursuing legal action" and would not make any further comment.
But we might see the incident unfold on-screen with MTV set to air The Veronicas' very own Kardashian-style reality show on Foxtel in November after it was commissioned earlier this year.
The sisters have been quite vocal about the incident on social media, and admitted that they filmed it on their mobile phone.
The pair has been busy shooting the series - under the working title Jess & Lisa: The Veronicas - which was announced by MTV and Viacom Digital Studios International in May. It is currently still filming.
Posting from the band's official Instagram account on Sunday night, the duo wrote that the incident on the QF516 flight was "incredibly intimidating and confusing".
"The details reported are false and in conflict with video recorded during this event and witness accounts from the flight," the statement read.
"The incident was escalated without explanation why from cabin staff. We co-operated with all requests from authorities and exited the aircraft."
Produced by MTV Australia, their show will follow the Origliasso sisters as they navigate the ups and downs as one of the country's most successful music exports.
"We grew up with MTV and to be able to create a show together, bringing people closer inside our lives of music and as sisters, is going to be a wild ride," the duo said in a statement at the time.
Viacom's global head of music and talent and MTV International's co-brand head, Bruce Gillmer, said fans would score an intimate look at The Veronicas' personal lives.
"The Veronicas were part of our first-ever MTV Push launch in 2009, and we are so excited to work with them again and give fans a new, behind-the-scenes look into their lives and music in a way only MTV can do."
The series and the upcoming release of their fourth album marks a comeback for the duo.
Hailing from Brisbane, the identical twin sisters formed in 2004 and first garnered international attention in 2007 with their single, Untouched, which made them the first Australian artists ever to have a single certified platinum in the US. It came off the back of the hit 4Ever, which was released in 2005.
Their debut album The Secret Life Of … went platinum four times in Australia.
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The sisters lead a life that is anything but boring, and the show is expected to reflect that - since 2004, they have led animal and LGBTQ+ rights campaigns, had bust-ups with record companies, returned to Australia to be with their sick mother and have been engaged in the occasional social media feud.
Not to mention Jess' very high-profile relationship - and subsequent break up - with fellow Aussie, actor Ruby Rose last year.
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But fans feared the delay of their fourth album signalled the end of their favourite pair.
Following their self-titled third studio album in 2014, the songstresses went quiet, and in 2017 rumours of a feud between the two rose to the surface. They delayed the release of their next album "due to personal circumstances out of our control", creating doubt around the future of The Veronicas.
Speaking to Stellar Magazine in February, the sisters reflected on the tension that brewed between them when Jess reconnected with her now ex-girlfriend, Rose, calling it "hard to comprehend".
"The last year-and-a-half was very difficult for us," Jess said in the interview.
"There was a lot going on that separated us. To be able to heal through our music and create again … it's what we live for, and it's how we bond. It's been so inspiring."
The sisters have a string of famous exes - as well as Rose, Jess previously dated Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan, and Lisa was in a relationship with Australian Idol star Dean Geyer. They're now both in happy relationships. Lisa married US actor Logan Huffman last year, and Jess is dating musician Kai Carlton.
Jess & Lisa: The Veronicas will premiere on Foxtel in November.