‘We’ve All Been Challenged For The Better’: Rhonda Burchmore’s Daughter Is The Reason She Went Into The Jungle
The undeniable queen of the tucker trials this year, Rhonda Burchmore needed a bit of help convincing her husband it was a good idea to trade french champagne for penis coladas in the jungle.
Thankfully her daughter, Lexie Jeuniewic, knew her mum would thrive in camp.
“Dad 100 percent supports mum in everything she does,” Lexie told 10 daily, “he was just a bit concerned with it being a reality show and past seasons have been arguably a lot more dramatic but we just went, you know, why not?
“Talking dad around was initially a bit tricky but then he was like yeah, I can see that. Why wouldn’t she do it?”
Lexie also said she saw the show as an opportunity for people to get to see a more rounded side to her mum. Though she’s been in the industry for almost 40 years, Lexie said there was an appeal to introduce a whole new generation of people to get to know “the real Rhonda”.
“In the camp she’s been a big part of that great atmosphere,” Lexie said, “but I think she couldn’t have been more fortunate with the other campmates. It’s a really supportive environment.”
While she may have been on-board to get her mum in the jungle from the get-go, Lexie admitted it had been tough not to be able to chat to Rhonda while she’s been away.
“We talk every day, two-three times a day so not having that has been tricky,” she said, “now that it’s nearly there I’m just so pumped to see her and tell her how brilliant she is. She goes into everything she does with determination and passion but this is a personal best in terms of that sheer force of going for it.
“I can’t wait to be with her and talk to her and just hang out, that’s what I miss.”
While she’s been able to see her mum on the TV most nights, Rhonda also got a surprise when the messages from home arrived in camp and it featured not just Lexie but her husband Nik too. Tearfully Rhonda told the campmates that it was the first time Nik had shown his face to the Aussie public in her 40-year career.
“I think it was a Saturday afternoon and I was like, ‘Dad we better record a video -- I’ll pop a dress on, you pop a nice shirt on’,” Lexie said. “It was one take and he came out with some great one-liners… I didn’t think anything of it because he’s such a massive part of my life.
“It wasn’t until afterwards when the article came out and everyone was like, ‘Wow that’s such a big thing for [him] to do. Obviously mum was shocked by it, which was so sweet, it was great to see her so thrilled by it. He just went along.
“I think we’ve all been challenged by this whole experience for the better.”
Admitting that often it has been difficult to watch her mum have to tackle some of the tucker trials, Lexie said the bigger picture result has been so worth it.
“The thing I’ve loved about it most -- everyone discovering what kind of person she is, the incredible soul she has and the compassion for other people,” she added.
“I’m really looking forward to watching it with her being like, ‘You did that!’ I’ll be interested to see what she has to say about it or what she was thinking in that moment.”