2009 Logie Awards: let the rumours begin!

One newspaper report this week tips Gretel Killeen could be named as host.

Killeen, who so defiantly hosted Big Brother for seven of its eight years, hasn't been seen on screen since, well, since the show bid farewell. And even that was just a cameo appearance. There was even a rumour she could revive The Weakest Link, but it never eventuated.

Nine is once again hosting television's night of nights on the 3rd of May from Crown Casino in Melbourne. Despite some talk that Queensland might try to lure the event to the Gold Coast, it wouldn't be able to do so until 2010. If they throw some money at PBL Media (which owns TV Week and Nine), don't be surprised if it happens next year.

If Killeen does wind up hosting, she would be only the second female to have the solo gig. The first was Wendy Harmer. But it's a very tough gig trying to impress a room dominated by people who didn't win, and executives and colleagues. Aside from Bert Newton, there are few who manage to hit the balance between entertaining the live, boozed-up audience and the one at home.

And who should we expect on the shortlist of Gold Logie nominees this year?

Adam Hills and Andrew Denton will probably be there once again. If Kate Ritchie is nominated it will be another sentimental vote only -- "Sally Fletcher" was hardly on screen in 2008 at all. John Howard has been nominated for a few years, but has been upstaged by the exits of Ritchie and John Wood each time.

The success of Packed to the Rafters will surely put Rebecca Gibney in contention (and possibly even a win), but what about others from the Rafters family? And how do we choose a contender from Underbelly? Vince Colosimo? Kat Stewart? Gyton Grantley?

TEN is also pushing for Ian Smith to be nominated for his 20 years as Neighbours' Harold Bishop -- a lovely gesture if fans can make it happen. Rove would likely be the network's other contender.

Who would you like to see nominated or to host?

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Mar 07, 2009
Underbelly must take out some awards. Vince was sensational
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Feb 26, 2009
Gretel would be an awful host, not that it will affect me, I despise the Logies and what it has become. As to who should be in contention, John Howard comes to mind - he does a great job week in, week out on All Saints and deserves the gold, though he could possibly be upstaged again by Ian Smith. While a Neighbours favourite and veteran, the nomination and possible win will only come about due to his departure. If he wasn't leaving, he wouldn't even be considered - another reason I don't like the Logies. Packed To The Rafters has been a brilliant success for 7, but Rebecca Gibney getting the nomination? I'd prefer to see Erik Thompson get it. I think he does a much better job on the show, as does the daughter and older son. You have to be joking about Rove getting a nomination - how could he possibly get one?? His ratings have been right down, he wasn't seen that much on TV last year, and he is the most over-rated Australian personality. Now, finally, Underbelly. Yes, it deserves nominations, but why, oh why would you pick Vince Colosimo?? Don't get me wrong, he is a great actor, and did a great job in Underbelly - but he was only in the show on its first night in the two-part premiere. 2 episodes out of 13 should not warrant a nomination. Gyton Grantley was brilliant, not to mention the spitting image of Carl Williams - if anyone hasn't seen this year's Tropfest film "Being Carl Williams" I recommend you see it - it is hysterical! Gyton probably deserves the Gold Logie for that performance in Underbelly. Now I know this will never happen, but just once I would like to see a Logies night where there isn't a Neighbours or Home And Away actor nominated for the top prize, and that we look towards our well written, well acted, well made productions, of which there are many. But then, without those shows being nominated, you remove a large chunk of your voting public, and we can't have that in an attempt to make the awards a little more respectable...
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Feb 26, 2009
I hope not
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Feb 26, 2009
I'm not the editor of that awards show............yet.
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Feb 26, 2009
I would love to see Gretel host the show. I can't think of anyone else who would be as good.
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