Jacobs’ sunny spell
The forecast is bright for weatherman-turned-quiz show host Steven Jacobs, writes Siobhan Duck
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.
weatherman Steven Jacobs’ sleep patterns will have to change if he wants to watch his new quiz show.
Picture: JEFF CAMDEN