Three years after the Tom Gleeson controversy rocked the Logies of TV Week, betting sites predicted we could be in for another surprise on the night.
Three years after Tom Gleeson’s unforgettable 2019 Gold Logie victory, the industry is set to crown another big TV show on Sunday night, but will it be as crazy a twist as the last ceremony?
Comedian Gleeson has sparked controversy after campaigning ruthlessly for victory, mocking the Logies and his competitors for several weeks. When he actually won the prize, his victory was followed by weeks of irate industry peers slamming a “lack of kindness” in his acceptance speech.
This year radio star Hamish Blake has been branded a ‘shoo-in’ for the gong, but according to Sportsbet he could be hit on the post in the night by TV’s golden girl herself, Channel 7’s Sonia Kruger.
While Blake, who hosts the family-favorite competition show Lego masters on Channel 9, still in the lead betting at $1.80, his odds dwindled over the weeks from $1.40. Elsewhere, Kruger has gone from $6 to $4 and is now downright second favorite.
Chef‘s Melissa Leong is the third pick at $5.50, with the iconic At home and away actor Ray Meagher on $10 and i am a celebrityby Julia Morris at $11.
A victory would be long in coming for Kruger, 56, who has finally been recognized for her 20th birthday on our screens with a nod to the most popular personality.
Earlier this week she said tv tonight that it was “high time” for a woman to win the award, noting that most male nominees have won gold honors in the past.
“And it’s not a popularity contest, but I’ve hosted every show on Channel 7 in the last year and I deserve it more than anyone,” she joked.
Sportsbet’s Sean Ormerod agreed.
“Sonia would be a deserved winner if she won gold,” he said.
“There’s not much she hasn’t appeared on, Big brother, Holey Moley, Dancing with the stars, to name a few, and its popularity with voters is beyond doubt. Kruger also hosted The voice This year.
According to the betting site, the biggest underdogs are both former Gold Logie winners, with difficult quiz host Tom Gleeson at $11 and Karl Stefanovic at $13.
When Gleeson was announced as the latest Gold Logie winner, he certainly had something to say about it.
As he accepted his award with a glass of wine in hand, Gleeson launched into an eight-minute speech that poked fun at the night of Aussie TV nights and those who really cared about the awards.
“Just because y’all want it and I got it, don’t get mad at me,” he said onstage.
“There’s been a lot of concern that I’m turning this award into a joke. But what you forget is that I’m a comedian. I love jokes.
“This award has meant so much to so many different people and it just doesn’t stop there. He’s done a lot of great things for a lot of different people… But to me, that’s a joke. But I love jokes. I really appreciate them. I really think we should all relax. I really do.”
The speech didn’t go down well with Tracy Grimshaw who blasted Gleeson on A topical mattersaying, “We all waited for him to change pace and end his speech with some grace, but no luck.”
Amanda Keller, who was the sentimental favorite at this year’s Gold Logie, admitted she was “a little impressed” with the acceptance speech.
“There was a lack of kindness” The living room the host told Andrew Denton on Channel 7 Interview.
Live voting for the Gold Logie is open until the end of the red carpet television broadcast. Fans can now vote for their favorites from the shortlisted nominees on tvweeklogiesvote.com.
The 62nd TV Week Logie Awards airs this Sunday, June 19 from 7 p.m. on Nine.
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