After a two-year hiatus, the Logies are back this Sunday and promise to bring all of Australian TV's favourite faces to the Gold Coast for a night of glitz, glamour and unbridled celebrations.
We last saw the red carpet rolled out at The Star in 2019 before the pandemic sadly suspended in-person events. It was the year Hard Quiz’s Tom Gleeson swept to Gold Logie glory after he led a concerted campaign of mockery and ridicule against his fellow nominees and the award itself.
The high-profile stunt paid off and he beat out favourite Amanda Keller and Gardening Australia legend Costa Georgiadis (who should have won in my humble opinion) to declare in his acceptance speech that he'd "ruined the Logies forever".
Whether he succeeded in that remains to be seen, but although Gleeson is nominated for the Gold again this year, don't expect to see a repeat of last time's shenanigans.
Who will win the Gold Logie in 2022?
Hamish Blake is strongly tipped to take out Aussie TV's highest honour and is likely to win without the help of any funny tactics, recently telling TV Tonight, "If you have to be cajoled into voting for someone's popularity, then I'm not sure they're that popular!"
The success of Blake's show Lego Masters, speaks to his popularity, as does his 1.2 million-strong following on Instagram and the fact that his Hamish and Andy podcast consistently ranks in Apple Podcasts' top 10 in Australia.
TAB has given the comedian runaway $1.25 odds, with the next placed nominee Julia Morris, placed at $8.
It would be lovely to see a woman take out the award considering the past four winners have been men, however none of the three female nominees seem to have a very convincing chance.
Competing alongside I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! funny woman Morris, is MasterChef judge Melissa Leong, and Sonia Kruger, who hosts Big Brother, The Voice Australia and just about every other show on Seven.
Sportsbet has given Kruger $5 odds and placed her right behind Blake, but after she made those anti-Muslim comments back in 2016, it seems unlikely she'd be named Australia's most popular TV personality.
Also in the running for Gold this year are 2010 and 2011 winners Ray Meagher and Karl Stefanovic, who have very little chance of repeating their success this year.
Although Today host Stefanovic has somewhat redeemed himself since falling out with viewers after the breakdown of his 21-year marriage to Cassandra Thorburn and subsequent wedding to younger shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough, Karl has not seen his level of popularity return to what it was when he won more than a decade ago.
Most Popular Drama Program
Meanwhile Meagher will have to content himself with a win for his show Home and Away, which has a good chance of picking up the Silver Logie for Most Popular Drama.
It's up against Binge series Love Me, ABC dramas Total Control and The Newsreader, and Nine's returning favourite Doctor Doctor, but according to the betting agencies, Home and Away is the clear favourite - no small feat in the year that rival soap Neighbours was axed.
Most Popular Reality Program
It's likely there will be a closer battle for Most Popular Reality Program with Nine's two ratings juggernauts Married at First Sight and The Block: Fans vs Faves, going head to head.
TAB has put The Block in front at this stage with odds of $2 vs $3.50 for MAFS, but if you were to go off viewership ratings, MAFS would come out on top.
The Block's viewers peaked at 1.8 million for the Fans vs Faves finale in November last year while the MAFS reunion dinner party brought in 2.1 million in April.
Like the Gold Logie, the Most Popular awards are voted for by the public, and while professing yourself a fan of The Block doesn't carry the same sense of shame as being a MAFS lover, the polling booth is an anonymous and notoriously honest place so I wouldn't be writing off MAFS just yet.
Most Popular Entertainment Program
Interestingly, in the Most Popular Entertainment Program category, Hamish Blake's Lego Masters isn't tipped to win, with Sportsbet giving Gogglebox Australia and Hard Quiz better odds. Also in that category is The Voice, The Masked Singer and Anh's Brush with Fame.
This past April, Lego Masters, The Voice and MasterChef: Fans vs Faves, all premiered on the same night on Nine, Seven and Ten respectively, with The Voice coming out on top with 840,000 metro viewers to Lego Masters' 670,000 and MasterChef's 540,000.
Meanwhile Googlebox's viewership peaked at 920,000 that same month - although on a different night - and Hard Quiz picked up an equally impressive 930,000 viewers earlier this month.
Most Popular Comedy Program
When it comes to Most Popular Comedy, the race is between Ten's two offerings, Have You Been Paying Attention and The Cheap Seats.
Scripted ABC comedy series Fisk, starring Kitty Flanagan, is also nominated in the category along with Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, and The Hundred with Andy Lee, all of which have a pretty remote chance of winning.
How to vote for your favourites
Voting for all the Most Popular categories is still open for this year's Logies and can be done online via the TV Week Logies website, you just need to enter a valid mobile number.
You have until the end of the red carpet on Sunday night to cast your vote.
Meanwhile, the other major category of awards handed out on the night, the Most Outstanding Awards, are picked by a panel of TV industry experts rather than the public.
The Logies will be broadcast live on Nine and 9Now from 7pm on Sunday, June 19.
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