QUESTION MARK OVER FARNHAM
Will John Farnham ever appear on Rockwiz? That is the big question as the popular music quiz show, hosted by Julia Zemiro, draws to the end of its 14th season.
SBS is already talking about more Rockwiz episodes in 2017, and quizmaster and co-creator Brian Nankervis has made no secret in the past about his desire to get Farnham on the program.
Rockwiz has featured around 400 different local and international music acts across its more than 170 episodes.
The cream of Aussie music — everyone from Jimmy Barnes to Daryl Braithwaite and Courtney Barnett — has appeared. Overseas stars have included Martha Wainwright, Judy Collins, Steve Earle and Billy Bragg.
“There are a few key artists — who will remain nameless because we’d still love to get them — who we have been chasing that haven’t come on the show,” Nankervis says.
It isn’t only Nankervis that would love Farnham to be on Rockwiz. Viewers are also keen.
“The Espy wouldn’t be big enough for the earthquake he’d deliver! Tez … Love this guy … He’s our very best ever,” Terrence O’Donnel posted.
This year’s Rockwiz has been a bit different with seven “Salutes the Legends” specials.
“The (ratings) figures this year have been really good,” he says. “People are telling me it is the best series yet.”
Rockwiz has evolved over time. Early seasons ran around half an hour. Now they stretch to 50 minutes.
Guitarist Ash Naylor and Clio Renner (keyboards) have joined the house band alongside Mark Ferrie (bass) and Peter Luscombe (drums).
Singers Vika and Linda Bull have provided back-up across the past two seasons.
“It does have a rough-hewed quality to it,” Nankervis says.
“If a mistake is funny we leave it in. It is like a night at the pub where anything can happen. It’s unpredictable and people love that.”
ROCKWIZ SALUTES THE LEGENDS, SBS, SATURDAY, 8.35PM