Bert Newton to host 2010 Logies

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Veteran performer returns to TV's "Night of Nights" for his 20th hosting.

Bert Newton has been announced as host of the 2010 TV Week Logie Awards.

His announcement was made official in this week's edition of the TV magazine.

The 20 to 1 star is synonymous with the event: this will be his 20th time as host, 19 of which were solo plus one shared hosting for the 50th year of TV in 2006.

To many in the industry, Newton is the current king of television. His performance as Logies host is the stuff of legend. With his quick wit and ad-libbing skills, he knows just how to hit the right note with the star-studded audience, and, as even Muhammad Ali can attest, can turn a potentially disastrous moment into hilarity.

It has been 17 years since Newton served as solo host. In that time there has been a parade of contenders, including Eddie McGuire, Andrew Denton, Steve Vizard, Daryl Somers, Shaun Micallef, and several who struggled to make an impact, including Gretel Killeen in 2009.

Industry has been speculating who would win the high-profile role, with recent suggestions that Nine might even give it to Today's entertainment editor, Richard Wilkins.

But Newton, who performs in the stage production of Wicked when he isn't doing 20 to 1, will no doubt step up to some suggestions that he should have retired from television. He is already promising to veer off-script -- in fact, he doesn't even work from a script for this one.

Also set to appear is Britain's Got Talent superstar Susan Boyle.

The worldwide star will perform on the big night at Crown Casino, in what is sure to be a memorable moment. Boyle's CD sales in Australia have been just as red hot as the rest of the world, she is bound to be a highlight of the show.

John Mayer, who will also be on tour, is another confirmed name along with ARIA sensation Gabriella Cilmi.

TV Week is yet to reveal the nominees for its awards, due to be unveiled on March 29th.

A previous media leak revealed the Hall of Fame shortlist: Brian Henderson, Ian Ross, Brian Naylor, George Negus, Ken Sutcliffe, Les Murray, Maggie Tabberer, Ray Meagher and Prisoner.

Just one will be confirmed as the 2010 inductee ahead of the big night.

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