2009 Logie Awards: let the rumours begin!

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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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