Rosemarie Lentini, The Daily Telegraph, reports
It looks like Jersey Shore, sounds like Jersey Shore - but, whatever you do, don't confuse it with Jersey Shore.
Three stars of The Shire hit Cronulla's main drag yesterday, to the bemusement of locals worried that the upcoming reality show will depict them as bogans.
Mates Mitch, Andy and Simon - all aged 23 - said they signed up to the controversial Channel 10 series "for a bit of fun", insisting they would never be part of a misrepresentative program.
"People have seen the leaked clips of the show and got the wrong idea. We'd never go on a show that was like Jersey Shore," Mitch said.
"We're having so much fun, hey, and we've got nothing to hide."
But the producers do - the boys were only told yesterday morning that they'd be filming at a surf shop. They didn't know who their fellow stars were.
"They're keeping it well under wraps and not telling us anything. We were told to hand out the phone number of the producer if we get questions," Simon said.
While filming has been under way for a couple of weeks, locals said that yesterday was the first time film crews were spotted on Cronulla St, the main shopping strip.
Shoppers said the six-hour shoot, from 10am to 4pm, involved the boys trying to find a perfect outfit for Andy to wear to a speed dating event. He walked away with a chequered shirt and mustard chinos.
"They were really relaxed in front of the camera, and were asked to say a few lines in situations set up by the crew," one shopper said. "They can say whatever they want but were given direction."