Tassie leads the field in bogan hunt

Pauly Fenech has whittled the nation's bogans down to a list of eight who will be appear in the grand final of Bogan Hunters next week.

Pauly Fenech has whittled the nation's bogans down to a list of eight who will be appear in the grand final of Bogan Hunters next week.

After an extensive search across the nation, comedian Pauly Fenech has whittled down to seven the best of Australia's bogans.

And Tasmania tops the best of the worst, so to speak - depending on your point of view.

The finalists have been announced for the grand final of Bogan Hunters, which airs on 7mate on July 8. 

Half of the finalists come from Tassie - and it's an inspiring mix of characters. They are: Andrew, a father of eight kids to three different mothers; Darren who is described as the "second worst driver in Tasmania" and is on a disablility pension; Justin "the chick magnet"; and Clint, the 50-year-old Bogan "lifer".

Just as an example of the calibre to hand, in episode one, Darren is at a party being held by his mate Justin and appears to be smoking a marijuana pipe when host Fenech interrupts to introduce him.

Darren is, Fenech explains: ‘‘On a disability pension for being stupid’’.

‘‘You get Centrelink benefits because you’re dumb?’’ Fenech asks.

‘‘Yep!’’ Darren replies, swaying and clutching a stubbie of beer. ‘‘Because I smoked too many bongs.’’

‘‘Were you smart before the bongs?’’ Fenech asks.

‘‘Naaaaaa!’’ Darren replies, adding he’s officially the second worst driver in Tasmania with 52 separate charges against him for a range of offences. ‘‘I’m proud of it, too.’’ Darren adds.

New South Wales misses out on a rating in the final, as does the ACT and Queensland, which airs next week. South Australia gets a nod though, with "kinky chick" Mel, and not forgetting Nanna Shazza from Nar Nar Goon in Victoria and "wild man" Fordy from Rockingham in Western Australia. 

Pauly Fenech has been on a mission since May to uncover the best/worst of the nation's bogans with Shazza (Elle Dawe) and Kev the Kiwi (Kevin Taumata) in tow. 

The "celebrity" judges on board who have been helping to narrow the list of finalists are Angry Anderson, Miss Nude Australia and Fat Pizza star Tahir Bilgic. 

The winner will be announced next Tuesday following a showdown on who has the best bogan appearance, attitude and sex appeal.

The champ wins the Golden Thong award and a ute full of beer.

Bogan Hunters grand final airs Tuesday, July 8 at 9.30pm on the Seven Network's 7mate.

- with AAP

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