Rove takes gold

Rove takes gold, by Michael Idato - 19th April 2004
(Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald)

In a major upset and for the second year running television host Rove McManus was crowned Australia's most popular television personality at last night's 46th TV Week Logie Awards, shutting out the widely tipped Delta Goodrem.

McManus also outscored previous Gold Logie winner Georgie Parker and actors Lisa Chappell and John Wood (for his eighth consecutive nomination) to win his second Gold Logie.

Goodrem, who admitted "I adore Rove so if Rove was to get it tonight I would be so happy," left empty-handed after being beaten by McManus for the gold and by McLeod's Daughters star Lisa Chappell for the Most Popular Actress Silver Logie.

A total of 27 awards were handed out, 12 of them voted by readers of TV Week magazine, and the remaining 11 voted by industry peer panels.

McLeod's Daughters, the Channel Nine drama series , added Most Popular Program Silver Logie, and logies for Most Popular Australian Drama, and Most Popular Actor (Aaron Jeffery) to its Silver Logie for Chappell.

Channel Ten's youth drama The Secret Life of Us, which was recently taken off air after a drop in its popularity this year, was rewarded with a Logie for Outstanding Drama Series.

One of its stars, actress Deborah Mailman, was also a winner, taking out a Silver Logie for Outstanding Actress.

Channel Ten made a surprise win in drama, with After The Deluge winning Outstanding Mini-Series/Telemovie, beating Blackjack (Ten), Marking Time (ABC), The Postcard Bandit (Nine) and The Shark Net (ABC).

Ray Barrett, who starred in After the Deluge, also won a Logie for Outstanding Actor in a Drama.

Mother and daughter act Kath & Kim tied for Outstanding Comedy Series, with the political satire CNNN.

Kath & Kim was nominated for Most Popular Light Entertainment or Comedy, a category won by McManus's Rove [Live].

Highlights from the night included a performance by Cirque Du Soleil; and Michael Buble, Anastacia and Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.

Bert Newton, Mel Brooks, Paul Hogan, Jana Wendt and Bold & The Beautiful star Ronn Moss presented. Bridie Carter from McLeod's Daughters, model Megan Gale, Jamie Durie, the Saddle Club girls and Claudia Karvan were among guests. Before the start of the awards at Crown Casino, hosted by Eddie McGuire, the red carpet spectacular proved its usual eye-popping mix of faux pax and triumphs.

Serial Logies fashion tragic Susie Elelman took line honours for most desperate attention-seeking ploy when she whipped off the hood of her black-sequinned cape to reveal a freshly shaved head.

Elsewhere on the read carpet, cleavage was popular, along with shades of green and champagne.

Jeanne Little trotted out a self-made black velvet strapless gown, embellished with white doves as her "tribute to peace on earth."

Among others providing this year's fashion misses were Pizza's Maria Venuti and Annalise Braakensiek, in cleavage-baring designs that were simply too loud and outrageous for what was, for the most part, a refined fashion affair.


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