There's still plenty of room to improve the Logies
SUNDAY'S Logie Awards rated well for Channel 9 this year, very well in fact.
The awards ceremony, at the end of which The Project's Waleed Aly was given the Gold Logie, was the most-watched non-news program of the night across the five metro cities, which is saying something considering it was up against Seven's House Rules and Ten's MasterChef.
But there's still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to Australian television's night of nights.
Here are my suggestions on how to improve the Logies.
1. Edit, edit, edit
The awards show itself is way too long. If you want more people to watch all the way until the end, when the Gold Logie is handed out, then it shouldn't run for more than three hours. Who, outside of the media, wants to stay up until midnight to see the top gong when it will be all over the morning news and social media? Handing out a few more awards before the big night, as per the Oscars, would also help tighten things up.
2. Less musical performers
It's the Logies not the Grammys, so how about someone performs during the In Memorium segment (Clare Bowditch was great on Sunday) and close the show with a big act, like Jimmy Barnes, that will get the room up and dancing? We're seeing enough of Delta Goodrem on The Voice at the moment, why do we need her on the Logies too?
3. Perfect pairings
Chemistry, or the lack of it, between those presenting the awards makes or breaks the entertainment value of the show. Craig McLachlan and Miranda Tapsell were hilarious on Sunday, as were Kitty Flanagan and Peter Helliar. In contrast, Steve Peacocke and Danielle Cormack, for example, were painfully awkward. More comedians, just look at what Dave Hughes and Julia Morris have done for the show over the past two years, generally the more laughs you get.
4. More diversity
The diversity of this year's Gold Logie nominees was a hot-button issue and I think the fact Waleed Aly and Lee Lin Chin were up for Gold is one reason why more people tuned in. Aly's acceptance speech was eloquent, as was Noni Hazlehurst's. The fact that Hazlehurst is only the second woman to ever be inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame is a poor reflection of the great female talent on our screens and is something that needs to change.