by Kristofer Crane
MATCHBOX productions are this week doing test shoots with potential new castmates for the Real Housewives of Sydney.
With Foxtel looking to shake things up after an extremely volatile first season, Confidential understands producers have been meeting with women over the past few weeks about joining the franchise.
Decorator Nelly Tilly, jeweller Alina Barlo and pilates queen Sonia Darbey are among the names floating around the Harbour City as potential new members of the cast.
One source close to the production said many ladies had been in talks with the show for a number of weeks.
"They (the producers) have spoken to so many people, but know one knows for sure who they want for the show," the insider said.
"All of the ladies were asked to put names in the hat so it is a waiting game.
"Matchbox have flown up to Sydney to have meetings with several girls and they will be filming with some ladies this week to see how they look on camera."
Confidential understands a few women have knocked back the opportunity.
Barbara Coombes - BFF to Roxy Jacenko, and Harriet Waugh - owner of Bistro Moncur and a string of Sydney hot spots - both told Confidential recently that they had been approached for the show.
They both revealed that their families were not in favour of them joining the cast.
"Personally my husband might go shopping for a new wife (if I was on the show), so I am a no," Coombes said.
"I am not sure it is my speed," Waugh said.
The stars of season one of The Real Housewives of Sydney are rumoured to getting extremely tense as they wait for news about the return of the show.
Rumours are swirling around the Eastern Suburbs that season one castmates Victoria Rees and Nicole O'Neil are said to have had a falling out in recent weeks.
A source close to the ladies said to have been fighting over potential new castmates. O'Neil yesterday shut down the suggestion as gossip.
"She is coming to my birthday, we are not fighting, we are good," O'Neil said.
Foxtel and Matchbox are both keeping tight-lipped about the future of the show.