Johns in line for ASTRA honour
AS the brother of a rugby league legend, Matty Johns is used to turning up at awards ceremonies and walking away empty handed. His fortunes could change at this year’s ASTRA Awards, subscription TV’s answer to the Logies, with Johns up against Rove McManus, Andrew Winter, Peter Maddison, Danny Clayton and Paul Murray in the category of favourite male personality.
One of several first-time nominees in the fan-voted categories, the Fox NRL presenter speculated his nod was down to a looser format, following his switch to a Monday timeslot.
‘‘By Monday night everyone’s had so much football that they’re a little bit over it, so the team decided to strip it right back and have a good time,’’ Johns says.
‘‘That’s the recipe for the show taking off, but I can’t contemplate winning just yet – believe you me when your brother is Andrew Johns you’re used to turning up and not winning.’’
Project Runway Australia host Megan Gale is nominated in the favourite female personality, alongside Melanie McLaughlin, Sarah Jones, Shaynna Blaze, Deborah Hutton and Carissa Walford.
The model is surprised by her first ASTRA nomination after only a second season hosting the Arena ratings champion.
‘‘I’m very humbled but I’m not expecting any wins as I’m not sure I’ve won my stripes yet,’’ she says.
‘‘But I feel like we’re in a real rhythm with Project Runway and there are exciting things in the pipeline for the next season.’’
Grand Designs Australia, Selling Houses Australia, Rove LA and Abalone Wars are among the shows up for favourite program, while Deadliest Catch, Storage Wars and Tosh.O are top contenders for the favourite international program.
The international drama award is set to be a battle between the Showcase hit shows Girl and Game of Thrones.
Viewers can vote for the fan-voted categories until June 27 on Foxtel, at Channel 333, or online at astraawards.com or facebook.com/ASTRAAwards.
The winners of all categories will be announced at the 2013 ASTRA Awards at the Sydney Theatre on July 25.
Matty Johns with Peter Sterling