How to fix the Logies
A WEEK ago today, the Logies as a brand descended into negative value territory.
I watched the entire telecast - even Gold Logie winner Scott Cam's eight-minute-20-second acceptance speech and am still in shock over the fact that a show of this calibre can gobble up so much prime-time Sunday night TV.
I don't care if Kylie sang live or not, she and Tina Arena were the only people on that stage who performed in time and key. Contrary to hysteria on social media, I was not blown away by Jason Derulo, John Newman or Ed Sheeran.
And I remain puzzled why a bunch of rag-tag people who looked like they came straight from the set of The Walking Dead ended up on stage as Kylie's backing dancers.
If that's the standard, I am certainly going to put my hand up for next year. And I'll make sure not to brush my hair or wear clothes that fit.
Kylie said on Twitter she was keen to do something different with the choreography, but there's edgy different and downright strange different. And was the irony lost on anyone that she was singing I Was Gonna Cancel? Probably.
So, how can we make it better? Take Kylie's advice? That's one option.
Or, if you must resurrect it year after year, try this.
The best moments this year came down to two people: Hamish and Andy. Install them as hosts.
Ditch the presenter banter. It even fails when bigger names try to do it at the Oscars.
That part of the show, where awards are actually handed out, needs to be serious.
On that note, make the audience respect the awards by getting an industry group or committee to select the winners, not the public. People who actually have a discerning knowledge about what is good TV and why Housos should never win a meat tray at the Frankston RSL, let alone a Logie.
Balance it with some light, funny stuff. We have some of the best comedians in the world, sprinkle a few four-minute spots throughout the show. Get Andrew Denton to give a summary of the year that was in TV; cut away to packages of stars talking about why they love their job or behind-the-scenes set tours of some of the hottest shows.
And what about a blooper reel from some of the top-raters? I'd watch all of that, gladly.
Make it a celebration of an industry many of us love. Time to tip the laughing stock down the drain and put a new brew on the stove.