All packed and ready to rock
Host Julia Zemiro and are set to return, writes
tour Australian cities and regional and centres, landing in Brisbane in September.
Zemiro returned from Europe and got straight back to work on a new series of the music rock trivia RocKwiz; a new series is in the can. It will be launched on SBS this
Zemiro, however, isn’t interested in games of oneupmanship. She wishes the cast and crew of the rival show nothing but the best.
‘‘You can make all sorts of plans but the truth is that in television, no one really knows what will happen next,’’ she says.
‘‘ Spicks and Specks and us ( RocKwiz) have been going for the same number of years, it’s true, but they filmed twice as many shows as we did. If we’d made that many shows, maybe people would be saying it was time for us to go as well.’’
The new series continues the RocKwiz model, which films before a live audience in Melbourne, teaming contestants from the audience with two guest musicians who perform a duet when the show ends.
The new season launches with an episode that features folk music legend Judy Collins with The Whitlams’ lead singer Tim Freedman, ‘‘a match made in heaven’’, Zemiro says. Other guests include Missy Higgins and Julia Stone, who end their episode with the show’s first all-girl duet.
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