COAST TO PLAY HOST TO STARS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News - Holly Byrnes

MOV­ING the Lo­gies to the Gold Coast may add a few more vari­ables to tele­vi­sion’s night of nights, but red car­pet co-host Sylvia Jef­freys prom­ises one thing: “You can ex­pect plenty of se­quins, I can guar­an­tee that.”

Shar­ing the pre- show pre­sent­ing du­ties with fel­low Queens­lan­ders and noted Chan­nel 9 fash­ion­istas, Leila McK­in­non and Sonia Kruger, the To­day news­reader vows the stylish trio will lead by ex­am­ple “in our nat­u­ral habi­tat.”

“You wouldn’t find three prouder Queens­lan­ders … we’re just all thrilled to be host­ing,” Jef­freys tells TV Guide.

The stat­uesque TV star has turned to her bridal cou­turier and friend Re­becca Val­lance to create her Lo­gies gown again this year, con­firm­ing she will def­i­nitely bring the bling.

Hop­ing to keep a lower pro­file will be Jef­frey’s hus­band and Week­end

To­day co-host Peter Ste­fanovic, whose in­fa­mous Uber rant with brother Karl, is likely to be fod­der for comic Dave Hughes’ much-an­tic­i­pated open­ing mono­logue.

The in­dus­try roast fa­mously tar­gets some of the in­dus­try’s big­gest own goals of the year, with Jef­freys’ ad­mit­ting the Uber scan­dal is ripe for skew­er­ing. “It’s safe to say they are al­ways brac­ing [for crit­i­cism],” she says, laugh­ing. “They won’t re­lax un­til Dave’s done his opener, but it’s all friendly fire.”

The good-na­tured at­mos­phere at the prize night is what she loves most about the an­nual event – es­pe­cially the chance to meet some of her TV crushes. “It’s al­ways a ‘pinch me’ ex­pe­ri­ence,” she ex­plains. “I re­mem­ber my first red car­pet, Patti New­ton came up to me and said, ‘ Hi Sylvia, you’re do­ing a great job’ and I thought, ‘ In what par­al­lel uni­verse does Patti New­ton even know who I am?’ She’s this in­dus­try legend and just has the most beau­ti­ful pres­ence about her.”

Shar­ing a lift with ac­tor Asher Keddie also turned Jef­freys into a fan girl. “We hadn’t yet met, but she said, ‘ Hi, Sylvia’ and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m shar­ing a life with Nina [Keddie’s char­ac­ter in Off­spring]. I was so ex­cited, that was a real high­light be­cause I’ve ad­mired her for so long.”

When asked to share se­crets from the net­work af­ter par­ties, Jef­freys’ claims her sig­na­ture move on the dance­floor is the “smoke bomb” or “ghost­ing” – leav­ing the party without any­one notic­ing.

“I am yet to fully ex­pe­ri­ence an af­ter party,” she says. “I mean, I’ve popped in but I never last more than 45 min­utes, be­cause I’m watch­ing the clock and have to be up at 3.30am. Some peo­ple are able to push through but I’m not one of them, I need my sleep.”

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