THE LO­GIES

Stars come out tonight.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

WHO would be mad enough to host the Lo­gies? That is the ques­tion the Aussie TV in­dus­try asks ev­ery year.

Fronting Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion’s night of nights 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.

But Killeen’s rough ride was noth­ing com­pared with Wendy Harmer. The veteran co­me­dian is still haunted by her 2002 Lo­gies flop, which she de­scribed 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 strung across the night.

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

You can’t help think­ing that is be­cause no one wanted the host­ing gig.

Hamish and Andy 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’,’’ says Blake, who has been nom­i­nated for a Gold Lo­gie.

‘‘ 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.

‘‘ The room has a lot to do with the [ host­ing] prob­lem,’’ Lee says.

‘‘ It is not the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment to be per­form­ing.’’

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

‘‘ 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.’’

MOST POP­U­LAR: Karl Ste­fanovic and Asher Ked­die ( be­low) are both nom­i­nated.

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