Lo­gies boast the most hosts

There will not be one, not two, but many be­hind the mic at this year’s gala event, writes Colin Vick­ery

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WHO would be mad enough to host the Lo­gies? Fronting Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion’s ma­jor awards night has been a risky propo­si­tion even for our most sea­soned per­form­ers.

Lo­gies favourite Bert New­ton had to think long and hard be­fore re­turn­ing to the host­ing gig in 2010.

Shane Bourne man­aged to es­cape ridicule when he pre­sented last year’s Lo­gies, but oth­ers haven’t been so lucky.

Who can for­get poor Gre­tel Killeen, who hoped to res­ur­rect her TV ca­reer by host­ing the 2009 Lo­gies?

In­stead, the for­mer Big Brother pre­sen­ter copped a tor­rent of abuse from view­ers and, sadly, even her peers.

The Gruen Trans­fer’s Wil An­der­son tweeted his opin­ion: ‘‘ Gre­tel looks like a Lego per­son’’ and ‘‘ Gre­tel do­ing a sketch in heaven . . . and yet we are in Hell’’.

The Chaser’s Do­minic Knight also had a go.

‘‘ Gre­tel’s re­ally good at live tele­vi­sion. Un­for­tu­nately this is on de­lay,’’ Knight wrote.

Killeen’s rough ride was noth­ing com­pared to Wendy Harmer’s. The veteran co­me­dian is still haunted by her 2002 Lo­gies flop.

Harmer de­scribed host­ing the Awards as like cut­ting her arm off with a blunt chain­saw.

There is no stand-alone host for this year’s Lo­gies. In­stead, there will be a num­ber of pre­sen­ters on the night.

Hamish and Andy will join Adam Hills, Dave Hughes, Ju­lia Mor­ris, Shaun Mi­callef, Mick Molloy and Manu Feildel be­hind the mi­cro­phone.

You can’t help think­ing it’s be­cause or­gan­is­ers couldn’t nail a big-name solo host.

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are fans of the Lo­gies, but ad­mit they would say no if Chan­nel 9 ever asked them to host.

‘‘ We would im­me­di­ately cut our tongues out and say ‘ sorry, we can’t, there’s been a work­place ac­ci­dent’,’’ Blake, who has been nom­i­nated for a Gold Lo­gie, says.

‘‘ There is a per­cep­tion that who­ever hosts is go­ing to fail. There is the smell of blood in the water. The ex­pec­ta­tion gets higher ev­ery year.’’

If the com­edy duo had their way, the Lo­gies would be a theatre-style event sim­i­lar to the Academy Awards — no din­ner, no al­co­hol, no sit­ting around ta­bles.

‘‘ I think the room has a lot to do with the (host­ing) prob­lem,’’ Lee says.

‘‘ Peo­ple are there hav­ing din­ner and drink­ing so it is not the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment to be per­form­ing. Half of the room is fac­ing the wrong way.’’

Crooner Tony Ben­nett, boy band One Di­rec­tion and vo­cal­ists Seal and Delta Goodrem will per­form at this year’s Lo­gies.

‘‘ We try to ap­proach it (the Lo­gies) very pos­i­tively be­cause it is the one night where ev­ery­one in TV land gets to­gether,’’ Blake says.

‘‘ It re­ally doesn’t do the in­dus­try any favours to bag it.’’ Lo­gie Awards, Chan­nel 9, Sun­day, 7.30pm

Funny guys: Hamish and Andy on song to co­host.

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