When did the race for the Gold Lo­gie get so crowded, won­ders Guy Davis.

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Be­fore we be­gin looking at some of this year’s Lo­gie nom­i­nees – a de­serv­ing bunch of peo­ple, I’d like to add – let me ask this ques­tion: when did every­one in the Aus­tralian en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try join the race for the Gold Lo­gie?

I’m sort of se­ri­ous about this. I mean, wasn’t it tra­di­tion­ally the case that five per­son­al­i­ties or per­form­ers would be in the run­ning to take home the prize for “Most Pop­u­lar Per­son­al­ity on Aus­tralian TV”? You know, like the same num­ber of nom­i­nees for ev­ery other Lo­gies cat­e­gory?

Don’t get me wrong, va­ri­ety truly is the spice of life. ( That said, have you tried sumac? It’s re­ally nice with chicken or fish.) And hav­ing an ar­ray of op­tions when it comes to choos­ing a celebrity to re­ward cer­tainly can’t hurt. It just strikes me as a lit­tle un­usual that eight peo­ple will be vy­ing for the gold at this year’s Lo­gies on May 3.

And just who are th­ese peo­ple? Well, regulars like Rove McManus, An­drew Den­ton and Kate Ritchie have made an ap­pear­ance in the 2009 line-up along­side a few “new” faces.

For in­stance, Neigh­bours vet­eran Ian Smith has been re­warded with a nod now that his char­ac­ter Harold Bishop has bid farewell to Ram­say Street for­ever (well, al­legedly for­ever – you never can tell). As past win­ner Ms Ritchie will tell you, a long-term char­ac­ter say­ing a tear­ful good­bye can cer­tainly earn you a bit of good will from the vot­ers.

The same could there­fore go for Sim­mone Jade Mack­in­non, now that her show McLeod’s Daugh­ters has rid­den off into the sun­set. And the case could be put for­ward that Den­ton’s nom­i­na­tion is pay­ing trib­ute to his much-ad­mired Enough Rope se­ries, which has also come to a close.

Among the other nom­i­nees, the nice-young-man fac­tor shared by McManus and Spicks and Specks host Adam Hills could can­cel out each other’s chances of victory.

Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte is prov­ing so pop­u­lar with the kids, thanks to her host­ing role on So You Think You Can Dance Aus­tralia and her re­cently re­leased pop al­bum, that she could eas­ily score a win.

But the smart money at this stage seems to be on Re­becca Gib­ney from Packed to the Rafters. First of all, it’s Re­becca Gib­ney, and who doesn’t like Re­becca Gib­ney? (Short an­swer: no one.) Se­condly, she’s prob­a­bly the most liked char­ac­ter on one of the most pop­u­lar shows on Aus­tralian TV at the mo­ment. And thirdly, her char­ac­ter Julie Rafter is go­ing to have a baby!

Quite frankly, they ought to just mail her the lit­tle gold statue right now and save every­one the sus­pense.

In other Lo­gies news, Seven’s Packed to the Rafters picked up an im­pres­sive 11 nom­i­na­tions in to­tal, col­lect­ing nods in the pop­u­lar awards and the peer-nom­i­nated “Out­stand­ing” awards. Nine’s crime saga Un­der­belly is hot on its heels with nine nom­i­na­tions, with the per­for­mances of three of its male stars, not to men­tion the scene-steal­ing Kat Ste­wart, up for Sil­ver Lo­gies.

And in a bit­ter­sweet an­nounce­ment, late All Saints star Mark Pri­est­ley, who took his own life last year, is up for a Sil­ver Lo­gie for Most Pop­u­lar Ac­tor.

And the nom­i­nees are: clock­wise from top left, Re­becca Gib­ney, Rove McManus, Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte, Ian Smith, Kate Ritchie, An­drew Den­ton, Adam Hills (cen­tre) and Sim­mone Jade Mack­in­non.

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