GOLDEN GIRL

Could 2015 be the year Car­rie Bick­more breaks her Gold Lo­gie drought?

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - EDI­TOR Deb­bie Schipp RE­VIEWS Deb­bie Schipp, Colin Vick­ery, An­drew Fen­ton, Holly Byrnes, Neala John­son, Leigh Paatsch, Tiff any Dunk COVER Gold Lo­gie nom­i­nee Car­rie Bick­more COVER DE­SIGN Trevor Timms AD­VER­TIS­ING Ryan Kin­cade ( 03) 6330 0494, ryan. kin­cade@

NEW Mum Car­rie Bick­more has never been one to get car­ried away by the glam­our of show­biz.

But she also knows it’s part of the game, which is why, less than seven weeks af­ter giv­ing birth to her sec­ond child – a gor­geous daugh­ter named Evie – Bick­more will step back into the spot­light tonight on the Lo­gies red car­pet.

“I am not sure any new mum would choose their fi rst proper out­ing since hav­ing a baby to be a black- tie event, but I guess it’ll be nice to be out of my track­ies for a night,” the down- to- earth Bick­more, 34, says.

“I have picked an outfi t that will hope­fully be com­fort­able AND glam­orous.

“I feel sorry for my stylist Nat and designer Paulo Se­bas­tian. I am sure it’s been hard for them to get a dress ready at such short no­tice, but Paulo is amaz­ing.

“It’s been a long time since I wore high heels. Thongs were the only shoes my swollen feet would fi t in to­wards the end of my preg­nancy. I’m sure they’ll come off un­der the ta­ble pretty quickly.”

It’s the popular The Project pre­sen­ter’s fourth Gold Lo­gie nom­i­na­tion. While fans would ar­gue she’s long over­due to take the prize, Bick­more, who won the Lo­gie for most popular new tal­ent in 2010, main­tains “just be­ing in the mix is lovely”.

“It is just as ex­cit­ing be­ing in the run­ning for Gold a fourth time as it was the first.”

Of the show which has net­ted her those four nom­i­na­tions, Bick­more says it feels like home. And she’s de­vel­oped a fresh ap­pre­ci­a­tion for it while she’s been off on ma­ter­nity leave.

“The Project is very much home for me, and I hope it feels like that for many fam­i­lies ev­ery night,” she says. “I have had the plea­sure of watch­ing it while cooking and look­ing af­ter the kids [ Bick­more also has a son, Ollie, whose fa­ther, Bick­more’s hus­band Greg Lange, died of brain can­cer in 2010] while on ma­ter­nity leave and it’s such a friendly, com­fort­ing pres­ence in your lounge room.

“We have very loyal view­ers and I hope they can see we love what we do each and ev­ery night.”

Bick­more an­nounced her preg­nancy on air – catch­ing even her co- hosts by sur­prise. “We didn’t spend too long dwelling on how to share the news. Chris [ Bick­more’s part­ner Chris Walker] and I just wanted to be in con­trol of how we told ev­ery­one. I love a bit of spon­tane­ity and I thought it would be a fun way to do it.”

Bick­more says there’s no Lo­gies plan of attack with Evie in the mix tonight. “Chris and I have no idea how the night will pan out,” she says. “My mum is look­ing af­ter Evie, Chris and I will take turns check­ing in on her.”

Bick­more seems to have been re­minded afresh that the trap­pings of TV are no sub­sti­tute for a happy and healthy fam­ily.

“Thanks for the Gold Lo­gie votes. Told Evie about the nom­i­na­tion and this was the re­sponse I got,” she posted on Instagram with a pic­ture of her peace­fully sleep­ing daugh­ter.

She’s en­joy­ing hang­ing at home with her kids.“I am lov­ing get­ting to do school pick- up and be­ing around for all the sto­ries at din­ner time,” Bick­more says.

“Ollie is lov­ing have a sis­ter. He tells her ev­ery day she will be his best friend. Ob­vi­ously adding a new baby in the mix is chal­leng­ing, but she is do­ing great and eat­ing and sleep­ing most of the time, which is all you can hope for.

“I am back on The Project in June and look­ing for­ward to see­ing the team and get­ting back to do­ing what I love. It’ll be tricky at fi rst co- or­di­nat­ing ev­ery­thing, but we’ll get there.”

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