Seven Network personality Sonia Kruger has won the Gold Logie at the 63rd annual TV Week Logie Awards, held on Sunday night at The Star, Sydney.

The host of Big Brother, The Voice and Dancing With The Stars took the top award ahead of fellow nominees Osher Günsberg, Mark Coles Smith, Julia Morris, Leigh Sales, Shaun Micallef and last year’s Gold Logie winner, Hamish Blake.

Kruger’s win was the first Gold Logie for the Seven Network since Samuel Johnson won in 2017, following his portrayal of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum in Molly, and the first female Gold Logie winner since Carrie Bickmore‘s Gold Logie in 2015.

It was billed as a new-look awards with Seven taking over as host broadcaster for the first time since 1995, and the awards being held in Sydney for the first time since 1986. Also significant was that awards would have a solo host — comedian Sam Pang — for the first time since 2011.

Pang opened the show after a pre-show segment that saw him discussing his lucrative hosting gig with former Logies hosts Rove McManus, Steve Vizard, Andrew Denton, Wendy Harmer and Shaun Micallef and some words of encouragement from Patti Newton, whose late husband Bert of course led 19 Logies nights. Pang’s opening monologue and intermittent segments during the night held the crowd with gags that didn’t just come off as insider jokes. Most of the jokes landed well, some less so — something with he sent up later in the show.

Presenting awards the night included Alex Dimitriadis, Liz Hayes, David Koch, Poh Ling Yeow, Colin Fassnidge, Virginia Gay, Celeste Barber, Emma Hamilton, Larry Emdur, Grant Denyer, Stephen Peacocke, Lincoln Younes, Karl Stefanovic, Natalie Barr, Kylie Gillies, Tristan McManus, Sophie Monk, Samantha Armytage, Marta Dusseldorp, Alan Fletcher, Lynne McGranger, Matt Shirvington, Mick Molloy, Eddie Betts, Abbie Chatfield, Joel Creasey, Peter Helliar, Rodger Corser, Yael Stone, Luke McGregor, Kat Stewart, Tony Armstrong, Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Ayesha Madon, Julia Zemiro, David Wenham, Patrick Brammall, Harriet Dyer — and three-time Gold Logie winner and Dancing With The Stars host Daryl Somers to hand out the Gold.

Stefanovic’s tribute to Barry Humphries and Barr’s tribute to Olivia Newton-John led the In Memoriam segment, with Kate Miller-Heidke performing Newton-John’s famous hit Xanadu.

Todd McKenney led a bizarre dance routine to pay tribute to the reality TV show nominees — before he sheepishly regretted performing said item! Dave Hughes, who presented opening monologues at past Logies, was apparently a ring-in to replace late scratching Kyle Sandilands to present the most outstanding children’s show award. Perhaps being a late inclusion explained his fairly ordinary contribution to the night.

Stefanovic tried to make a joke about David Koch’s reference to the series Bump that he made earlier in the night — though the gag was lost on pretty much everyone.

Dusseldorp and Shirvington inducted former Network Ten and Foxtel executive, the late Brian Walsh into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. Walsh was a passionate supporter of Australian production, championing shows like Neighbours, Vietnam and Bangkok Hilton to huge success, and commissioning many Foxtel productions including Love My Way, Gogglebox Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, Uptight, The Great Australian Bake-Off, Wentworth, The Twelve, The Kettering Incident, Secret City, Satisfaction and taking over A Place To Call Home after the Seven Network axed it. There were tributes to Walsh from Jason Donovan, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Somers’ appearance late into the night to present the Gold de-railed what had to that point been a decent line-up. His rambling about a late-running Logies when he won Gold in 1983, and his mock Gold Logie auction among the nominees fell flat with Somers failing to recognise that he wasn’t the funniest person in the room.

In making her acceptance speech, Kruger, a veteran of over 20 years and countless hours of live television and one of Seven’s highest profile stars, made a puzzling gag of a conversation with her agent about cancelling fellow client Hamish Blake.

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2023 TV WEEK Logie Awards – Gold Logie
TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
● Sonia Kruger, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars & Big Brother, Seven Network

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Popular Actor
● Sam Neill, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Popular Actress
● Kitty Flanagan, Fisk Season 2, ABC

Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter
● Tony Armstrong, A Dog’s World With Tony Armstrong, ABC

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent
● Amy Shark, Australian Idol, Seven Network

Most Popular Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie
Home and Away, Seven Network

Most Popular Lifestyle Program
Travel Guides, 9Network

Most Popular Comedy Program
Have You Been Paying Attention?, Network 10

Most Popular Reality Program
MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites, Network 10

Most Popular Entertainment Program
Gogglebox Australia, FOXTEL & Network 10

Most Outstanding Entertainment Program
The Cheap Seats, Network 10

Most Popular Current Affairs Program
Australian Story, ABC

2023 TV WEEK Logie Awards – Gold Logie
Hall Of Fame
● Brian Walsh

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Actor
● Patrick Brammall, Colin from Accounts, BINGE

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Actress
● Harriet Dyer, Colin from Accounts, BINGE

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor
● Thomas Weatherall, Heartbreak High, Netflix

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress
● Brooke Satchwell, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE

Most Outstanding Comedy Program
Colin from Accounts, BINGE

Most Outstanding Children’s Program
Crazy Fun Park, ABC

Most Outstanding Reality Program
Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains, Network 10

Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report
Foreign Correspondent – Saving the Children, ABC

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
State of Origin, 9Network

Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program
The Australian Wars, SBS

Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie
The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE

Source: Now To Love

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