They're Australia's hottest exports with one of the top 10 grossing shows in Las Vegas; but the Thunder from Down Under boys are so much more than a gimmick. Chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines and that hard to resist boy-next-door charm...But most importantly, the blokes from Thunder From Down Under are down to earth.I was lucky to meet them for A Current Affair and, to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect.It's a situation I thought I'd never be lucky enough to find myself in, standing in a dressing room, surrounded by twelve shirtless men, oiling themselves with coconut oil. Sounds like any girl's greatest fantasy, but for little shy me, I thought it would be somewhat intimidating.
I was wrong.
The show itself something else; 300 women scream while the boys dance, they take their clothes off, they entertain for close to two hours. And then they do it all again. Sometimes three times in one night, thirteen times a week.
But after every performance, the boys greet fans outside the showroom. They talk to the women, sign autographs and take photos.
Before I jetted over to Las Vegas, I flew to the Gold Coast to meet Billy Cross. A brickie by trade, Billy gave up his high-vis for a g-string and began Manpower, also known as Thunder from Down Under, around 30 years ago. Talking to Billy he explained that not just anyone is Thunder Material. He said that besides for a good rig, a good personality is key. When a bloke auditions for Thunder, he meets Billy's wife Jacqui first. Jacqui's tough, if she doesn't like the guy, he's out. If she does, well then he can go on to meet Billy, then it's straight off to Thunder Bootcamp in Vegas.
Turns out nice guys don't always finish last.Thunder From Down Under's Aussie tour kicks off this week.