Hamish Blake, Lego Masters, 9
Having handed over far an excessive amount of cash to on-line betting in my time, I can confidently say that the bookies don’t typically get it unsuitable. On the time of writing, Blake was $1.62 to win one other Gold Logie, and it might take a courageous punter to guess towards him. Whereas Lego Masters scores could have softened (final yr’s finale attracted a complete TV viewers of 1,209,000 in comparison with 944,000 this yr), the present stays one of the watched applications on TV.
However extra vital than that’s the unrivalled model energy that Hamish Blake wields. The 41-year-old boasts 1.2 million followers on Instagram, and given Gold Logie voting is predominantly completed on-line, social media muscle issues.
Consider his top-rated Listnr podcast, which sits atop the Australian Podcast Ranker each month with over 1,000,000 listeners and an ambassadorship with Tourism Australia; Blake is the person to beat.
Sonia Kruger, Large Brother, Dancing With The Stars, The Voice, Seven Community
Arguably probably the most well-known Kruger since Freddy, Sonia, is in with a shot just because she spends extra time on TV than any of the opposite nominees. Between Large Brother, Dancing With The Stars and The Voice, Kruger, 57, is omnipresent. Whether or not that saturation pays off stays to be seen.
Julia Morris, I’m A Celeb… Get Me Out Of Right here!, Community 10
A legend of the business and a long-time fan favorite, ought to the voting public be tempted to vote with their hearts, then Morris could be within the combine. That is the second yr working she’s been up for the Gold, and Community Ten can be sensible to run a sentimental marketing campaign for the 55-year-old.
The Darkish Horses
Shaun Micallef, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, ABC
Whereas everybody loves Shaun Micallef, Mad As Hell wrapped up in September final yr, which means he’s been off the air for almost a yr, making his probabilities at a Gold Logie win low as hell. That being stated, Logie voters do have a comfortable spot for Micallef, 60, (he gained Most Common Presenter again in 2010). Inconceivable however not unimaginable.
Leigh Gross sales, 7:30, ABC
The nomination of Leigh Gross sales is probably the most thrilling factor in regards to the Gold Logie lineup this yr. Whereas betting businesses have her as absolutely the rank outsider (paying $21 for the win), Gross sales is undoubtedly well-liked although additionally polarising, having spent over a decade in our loungerooms because the host of 7:30. Nonetheless, she wrapped on 7:30 in June final yr and is presently “internet hosting” Australian Story, nevertheless it entails about two minutes of display screen time every week. A loud and passionate fanbase from her podcast, Chat 10 Seems to be 3, is taking part in in her favour, which has greater than 300,000 month-to-month downloads.
Ought to ABC again Gross sales onerous (#GoldenSales is my advised hashtag), she might be a reputable rival for Blake, primarily as a result of he in all probability gained’t hassle campaigning. A win for Gross sales, 50, can be important, contemplating it’s been eight years since a lady final gained the Gold Logie, with The Mission’s Carrie Bickmore taking out the honour in 2015.
The Lengthy Pictures
Mark Coles Smith, Thriller Street: Origin, ABC
The final time an actor gained the Gold Logie was in 2017, when Samuel Johnson took out the gong for his work on Molly, and earlier than that, it was Offspring star Asher Keddie in 2013.
Sadly, the character of voting for the Gold Logie makes it tough for actors, particularly these in short-lived collection, to chop by way of and preserve sufficient momentum to win. Mark Coles Smith, 34, was a revelation in Thriller Street: Origin, nevertheless it gained’t be sufficient to hold him over the road.
Osher Günsberg, The Bachelors Australia, The Masked Singer, Community Ten
We are able to all agree that Günsberg deserves a Gold Logie for providers to Australian TV. Nonetheless, we should additionally acknowledge that The Bachelors was one of many worst issues to occur this yr (why have one boring man when you may have three?).
Sadly, this guidelines the 49-year-old out of significant competition, although it’s good to see him nominated.
The 63rd Logie Awards shall be broadcast solely on Channel Seven and 7Plus on July 30. Followers can vote for his or her favourites from the shortlisted nominees right here.
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