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
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.