2010 Logies: Gold favourites meet new challengers

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Rebecca Gibney, Rove McManus and Adam Hills will fight off Shaun Micallef, Ray Meagher and more for the 2010 Gold Logie.

Rebecca Gibney, Adam Hills and Rove McManus have again been nominated for the Gold Logie, in the 2010 awards announced today by TV Week magazine.

View the photo gallery from the nominations event.

This year the three are competing with five first-time contenders: Wil Anderson (The Gruen Transfer), Paul McDermott (Good News Week), Shaun Micallef (Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation) and Home and Away's Esther Anderson and Ray Meagher.

Gibney, who won in 2009, will again be the front runner while Rove McManus, Shaun Micallef and Adam Hills are likely to contend. A gallant "Harold-Bishop" style campaign for Ray Meagher will surely be a long-shot to succeed, with the nomination itself just reward for remaining the only original cast member on the soap.

Channel Seven completely dominates the Silver Logie Popular Actor and Actress Awards, with all ten being divided between Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters.

Both shows will also compete for the Most Popular Drama against Neighbours, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and the evergreen but belated All Saints. Expect this to go to down to a fight between Summer Bay and the Rafter clan.

The other Silver Logie for Presenter will be a battle between Natalie Bassingthwaighte (So You Think You Can Dance Australia), Melissa Doyle (Sunrise), Adam Hills (Spicks & Specks), Rove McManus (Rove) and Shaun Micallef (Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation). Watch this one be fought between TEN's Rove and Micallef.

The Logies also has jury-voted Outstanding Awards with a Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries Or Telemovie: A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne (TEN), East West 101 (SBS ONE) Packed to the Rafters (Seven), Tangle (Showtime) and Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Nine). Nine's gangland sequel may not be shoe-in this year with Tangle and East West 101 surely favourites here. The latter also took home an AFI Award.

The Silver Logies for Outstanding Actor and Actress include none of the names that are nominated in the Popular categories. Roy Billing (Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities), Don Hany (East West 101), Garry McDonald (A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne), Ben Mendelsohn (Tangle), Aaron Pedersen (The Circuit). This is a tough call as all were excellent performances. Hany and Mendelsohn would be strong possibilities but McDonald's years in the industry will probably see him take it out.

Similarly the Actress field is tight: Justine Clarke (Tangle), Claudia Karvan (Saved), Asher Keddie (Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities), Susie Porter (East West 101) and Kat Stewart (Tangle). It will be hard to beat the two ladies from Showcase's urban drama, Tangle.

Amongst those snubbed in nominations this year are Rush, City Homicide, Sea Patrol and all of the ABC's local dramas including East of Everything, Dirt Game and The Cut.

Voting for the Gold will continue via SMS and phone lines right up until 8pm on the night of the awards.

The 2010 Logie Awards will be hosted by Bert Newton on May 2 at Melbourne's Crown Casino on Nine.

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.

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