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Have You Been Pay­ing At­ten­tion on Ten, the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test on SBS, Santo, Sam and Ed’s To­tal Foot­ball on Fox Sports ... all he needs is a cos­tume drama and Sam Pang is the new Marta Dus­sel­dorp.

And now, it seems only nat­u­ral, a show named af­ter him­self: A Pang for Brasil. SBS spelt it that way, with an S, be­cause of the loom­ing FIFA World Cup. But why Pang? How does he get these fab­u­lous high­ro­ta­tion jobs? Den­mark one week, Brazil the next?

“It’ll be the eter­nal ques­tion,” he says. “‘How does he even work, why did he even get a job ... why does Santo want to work with you?’ Euro­vi­sion and this trip, people start shak­ing their head and then they just get an­gry if they think about it too long. And both these things, I just got asked to do them.”

And Brazil does seem as if it was very ed­u­ca­tional. For in­stance, Pang didn’t know what a Bikini Test was be­fore.

“I did learn a lot,” he says. “Just go­ing to Sao Paulo — it’s a boom­ing econ­omy, the rich, the traf­fic’s so bad on the ground they don’t even bother with cars, they just fly to work. I did it with this busi­ness­woman called Cozette, and I’m not sure that I would do it ev­ery morn­ing by the way, be­cause I didn’t han­dle it that well. I didn’t vomit, but put it this way, I was sup­posed to in­ter­view her and I wasn’t in good shape. There was no in­ter­view re­ally.”

Ob­vi­ously there’s also sport. And not just foot­ball. By what year does Pang think foot vol­ley will be an Olympic event?

“I would say 2016 is a per­fect Olympic Games to launch it,’’ he says. “And I think it would be more pop­u­lar than 80 per cent of the other, what do they call them, dis­ci­plines that we’re forced to watch.

“Is tram­polin­ing still in? Be­cause with re­spect to the elite ath­letes that make it to the Olympics, I’d be more than happy if foot vol­ley took the place of tram­polin­ing.” A Pang For Brasil, Mon­day, SBS One, 7.30pm.

Sam Pang (right) With Je­sus Luz.

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