Divine Levine on song for Logies
IS IT wrong that I’monly going to the Logies so I can see Adam Levine (below)? I didn’t think so. I mean, last year it was k.d. lang without any shoes on. Singing Hal-e-flippin’lujah. Give me a break.
I don’t even care if I can’t hear him over the screaming girls from Home and Away. He’s the best thing they’ve had in years. And his band, Maroon 5, obviously. Very big coup.
I hope I don’t get there and there’s been some hideous mistake and it’s actually Avril Lavigne. Though it would be much more in keeping with the Logies we all know and . . . like? Is like a bit strong?
But something’s happened this year because not only are Maroon 5 playing, they also have Katy Perry, who isn’tmy thing at all but you have to say is, again, a very good get. And fantastic for the Logies, just the right note.
By any standard this line-up is impressive. Turning now to the actual nominees . . . Gee, aren’t you all upset about Chrissie Swan? You shouldn’t get so worked up. Who remembers from one year to the next who won? Is that Logie going to get Jessica Marais a job in Hollywood?
Besides, you’re upset for the wrong reason. The real problem here is just how shallow the talent pool is. And at what end of the day they’re working. Where it’s concentrated.
But, look, nobody really cares about awards. There are people in the industry who don’t even care about them. Look at how they feel about the Logies at Channel 10. They probably won’t let Chrissie go, make her pull out on a grandstanding yet dignified gesture of principle the way John Le Carre did the other day with the Booker Prize.
Of course, then they’ll be forced to do the same with Asher Keddie and her Gold nomination for Offspring. And Callan Mulvey’s Silver for Rush. Hamish and Andy, Before the Game, there’s a few, Biggest Loser, MasterChef ... MasterChef. Ah yes. What’s the rush, I wonder. Why not just start the stupid thing the next night? Normally I’d be liking Ten’s upyours way of doing things, but pretending it was a coincidence . . . Their head of programming David Mott actually told the Sunday Tele they hadn’t ‘‘ aggressively gone out to put MasterChef against the Logies’’. C’mon David, that’s not the kind of soft, clueless approach to the job the stakeholders should be hearing.
They want to believe you know what you’re doing. Everyone would’ve, or I would’ve anyway, had major respect for Ten if he’d said, yep, we’re going head-to-head with the Logies, we don’t rate them as a force any more, and don’t believe our audience do either, and so we find we’re not comfortable accepting any Logie nominations because we wouldn’t want to risk looking massively hypocritical.
And then next year David Mott would certainly be lining up for an Outstanding Actor Logie.