Herald Sun - Switched On - - News - with ERIN McWHIRTER

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.

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