THE BIG ASK ANDREW G New Year’s Eve
ANDREW G will again lend his smooth brand of Australian Idol-honed hosting talents to Channel 10’s New Year’s Eve coverage, along with co-host Kim Watkins.
The event will feature music by The Presets and Gurrumul Yunupingu and a dance performance choreographed by Jason Coleman. The countdown to midnight includes Jessica Mauboy, Idol winner Wes Carr and Natalie Bassingthwaighte performing her new single Someday Soon. What’s in store for viewers this year with your New Year’s Eve show? I grew up in Brisbane and it used to s---me to tears how Sydney-centric and Melbourne-centric television was. I hated it. So all through my TV career I’m just really aware that not only people who live in Sydney watch TV. I think through the ’80s and ’90s there was this arrogance in television, ‘‘If you’re not from here then hahaha’’, but we did it last year and we’re certainly looking to do it this year. Just bring in the whole nation to celebrate together and there are a few things we have up our sleeve. We’re pretty excited about it. We might be at the Opera House and trying to bring you the experience of what it’s like to be on the Harbour, but that doesn’t mean you at home can’t also be a part of this celebration. Have you had any influence on the proceedings? Yep. This year and last year. Very much. Last year we had a lot of fun. We had to solve the problem of how do you get from Dawes Point to the Opera House. We do two shows— we do the early show under the bridge and then we do the second show at the Opera House. We were trying to work out how we were going to get through 400,000 people. There are no cars allowed— what are you going to do? I was like, ‘‘Well, let’s get me a boat and give me a camera and I’ll go and talk to the people on boats’’. So we went and talked to the people on the boats on the way over and it turned out to be one of the best parts of the show. So this year we have a bigger boat, more floodlights, more cameras, and we’re going to have a chat to people on the water again because that’s all part of watching the fireworks on the harbour. How do you cope with people who might have had a few too many? Look, I started working when I was 17— half my life ago— as a roadie. So I was working in pubs before CCTV, before security guards had numbers. I’ve had those skills for quite some time, so I’m usually all right. After 14 years of broadcasting, I think I’m OK. I can handle myself. So you can pick the ones who are going to be happy and entertaining rather than the abusive ones? They all make great television. It doesn’t matter. So how do you feel about giving up your New Year’s Eve to work? Are you kidding? What else do you do on New Year’s Eve besides get freaked out by too many freaks on the street? And have a hassle about getting a cab home. I said, ‘‘I don’t care how much you pay me, can you just get me a car home?’’ That’s all I care about. The big party’s on New Year’s Day anyway. It’s all about New Year’s Day. I think there’s so much pressure on New Year’s Eve. It’s handy now I’m married to an Israeli (actor Noa Tishby) so I get two New Year’s Eves every year because they’re on a different calendar.