‘We know what to do now’

Ju­lia Zemiro’s plans to re­deem the ABC’s New Year’s Eve cov­er­age

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JU­LIA Zemiro in­tends to fin­ish 2014 in the way she spent most of it — on our screens. This year alone, she’s hosted the

Count­down an­niver­sary spe­cials, Rockwiz, Euro­vi­sion, Ju­lia Zemiro’s Home De­liv­ery, bared her soul in Adam Zwar’s Agony of … spe­cials and done a stint with the Syd­ney The­atre Company.

So it’s fit­ting that Zemiro, along with “great mate” Toby Truslove, will present the ABC’s cov­er­age of Syd­ney’s New Year’s Eve fire­works.

“I’m almost on the ABC a bit too much at the mo­ment,” she says. “You want peo­ple to miss you a bit. I’m re­ally glad for all the work I have, but I also say no to a lot of things. I think that if ev­ery­one sees you ev­ery­where they get a bit tired of you.”

Zemiro is a firm favourite with ABC view­ers, but knows she has her work cut out host­ing NYE. Last year’s cov­er­age, with Lawrence Mooney and Stephanie Brantz, was la­belled a train wreck, taste­less and of­fen­sive. View­ers were quick to vent their dis­plea­sure on Twit­ter and via talk­back ra­dio.

“It’s so easy to com­ment, it’s not easy to ‘do’,” Zemiro says. “I mean, peo­ple have a right to their opin­ion. We’re up there rep­re­sent­ing the chan­nel.

“They (Mooney and Brantz) were the first. It’s eas­ier for us to be the sec­ond. We know what not to do now.”

Pre-pro­duced el­e­ments of the night’s en­ter­tain­ment will again rely heav­ily on ABC tal­ent, past and present and fu­ture.

Charlie Pick­er­ing will give view­ers a sneak peek of his new show, Adam Zwar will present The Agony of New Year’s

Eve and other guests will in­clude Tom Glee­son, Denise Scott and Alan Brough. Tom Bal­lard in a chopper should bring a few laughs, as well as live crosses to Peter Hel­liar “par­ty­ing at home”.

Strik­ing the right bal­ance is “a tricky thing”, Zemiro says.

“No one’s go­ing to watch for the full four hours. I’m as­sum­ing peo­ple will go and get their wine, come back, say, ‘Oh it’s Shaun Mi­callef, I want to see him’, but then see us and think ‘I don’t want to watch them’.”

Zemiro in­sists the broad­cast cov­ers not only rev­ellers, but also those stuck work­ing. She can sym­pa­thise, hav­ing spent Christ­mases and New Year’s in the ’80s work­ing as a wait­ress.

Given her im­mense work­load this year, Zemiro’s in sur­pris­ingly good spir­its.

“I will say to you that I have no chil­dren, and when you have no chil­dren, your en­ergy lev­els are very high,” she says. “I lead a very free life, so my work … once it’s done, all I’ve got to think about is my­self, so it’s ac­tu­ally OK.”

It wasn’t al­ways the case. “Five years ago I was bug­gered. And I thought, this is re­ally not the way I want to be liv­ing,” she says.

“For a while there, I’d fin­ish a project and ev­ery­one would go for a drink but I couldn’t be­cause I was off to do a cor­po­rate job.

“But you know, I’ve paid off my mort­gage, it was a great thing to do. I do get tired, but not like I used to.”

Zemiro plans to reprise her year on­screen with many of the same gigs next year, in­clud­ing the suc­cess­ful Home De­liv­ery, likely to be com­mis­sioned for a third se­ries.

“It’s look­ing good, on the pro­viso that the ABC has found , you know, $60 down the back of the couch now that they’ve had so many cuts,” Zemiro says. “I think that they’re happy with the show and they like how it rates. I would say it’s look­ing good.”

NEW YEAR’S EVE BROAD­CAST

WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM, ABC

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