Ja­cobs’ sunny spell

The fore­cast is bright for weather­man-turned-quiz show host Steven Ja­cobs, writes Siob­han Duck

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page -

THE great­est chal­lenge Steven Ja­cobs faces as host of Chan­nel 9’s new quiz show, The Power of 10, is be­ing able to stay awake to see it.

The To­day weather­man is nor­mally tucked up in bed quite early so he can to face the day again at 4am.

And he of­ten finds him­self nod­ding off on the rare oc­ca­sion he goes to a din­ner party, jok­ing he may have to record his own show in or­der to watch it be­cause, at 7.30pm, it’s way past his bed­time.

Ja­cobs has been trav­el­ling the coun­try pre­sent­ing the weather — which of­ten in­volves him per­form­ing death-de­fy­ing stunts be­fore break­fast — for three years.

He ad­mits life on the road and the strange hours he works on To­day of­ten take their toll, adding he has de­vel­oped the abil­ity to fall asleep al­most any­where at any time.

Twenty-minute power naps are the se­cret to stay­ing perky for work when on the road, he says.

‘‘In some ways it’s the best job and the worst job I have ever had,’’ he says of To­day.

‘‘I get to see and do things that I wouldn’t nor­mally do ev­ery day. But it is also hard on my so­cial life.’’

Ja­cobs says one of the best as­pects about his job at To­day is the peo­ple.

Though To­day is recorded in Syd­ney and Ja­cobs is based in Melbourne, he has be­come great mates with the team, in­clud­ing hosts Karl Ste­fanovic and Lisa Wilkin­son and the pro­duc­tion crew.

He and the crew of­ten play pranks on one an­other to pass the time.

He says crew mem­bers have tipped wa­ter over his crotch while he has been asleep on a plane, leav­ing him red-faced as he walks through air­ports look­ing as though he has had a wee ac­ci­dent.

But Ja­cobs gets his own back on them, short-sheet­ing beds and book­ing wake-up calls at un­godly hours.

He has re­cently had a short break from the early starts and pranks for The Power of 10, in which con­tes­tants guess the re­sults of a na­tional poll and can win up to $1 mil­lion.

The per­cent­ages are based on a se­ries of na­tion­wide polls and Ja­cobs says some of the an­swers may shock and amuse view­ers.

Many stars from Nine’s stable re­port­edly au­di­tioned for The Power of 10.

Nine CEO David Gyn­gell called Ja­cobs to of­fer him the job, say­ing the net­work had great faith in his abil­i­ties as a pre­sen­ter.

‘‘I have done stuff in prime-time be­fore but never on my own,’’ Ja­cobs says. ‘‘I have al­ways been a co-host or part of an ensem­ble.’’

The Power of 10, which starts on Mon­day, will hope­fully do for Ja­cobs’ ca­reer what Danc­ing With the Stars did for for­mer Sun­rise weather­man Grant Denyer.

Denyer’s per­for­mance on the Chan­nel 7 celebrity dance com­pe­ti­tion pro­vided a plat­form for him to host two prime-time shows — It Takes Two and Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent.

Though of­ten pit­ted as on-screen ri­vals, Ja­cobs and Denyer get on well and of­ten run into each other at air­ports or on lo­ca­tion.

Ja­cobs says the pair have a ca­ma­raderie, Denyer be­ing the only other per­son in the coun­try who un­der­stands what he goes through.

‘‘I re­ally like Grant and I am glad he’s done well,’’ Ja­cobs says. ‘‘If The Power of 10 can do the same for me, then that’s great.’’

The life of a weather­man can’t last for­ever, he says.

‘‘We’ll see how this ( The Power of 10) goes and take it from there,’’ he says.

Wake-up call:

To­day

weather­man Steven Ja­cobs’ sleep pat­terns will have to change if he wants to watch his new quiz show.

Pic­ture: JEFF CAM­DEN

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.