Stars come out tonight.
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.’’
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