Johns in line for AS­TRA hon­our

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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 or face­

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

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