Logie Awards 2022: Sportsbet puts Sonia Kruger second to Hamish Blake for Gold Logie

Three years after the Tom Gleeson controversy that rocked TV Week Logies, betting sites have predicted another surprise tonight.

Three years after Tom Gleeson’s unforgettable 2019 Gold Logie win, the industry will crown another great TV show on Sunday night, but will it be as wild a spin as the final ceremony?

Comedian Gleeson sparked controversy after a relentless campaign chasing victory, mocking the Logies and its competitors for several weeks. When he actually won the award, his win was followed by weeks of annoyed industry peers who expressed a “lack of courtesy” in his acceptance speech.

This year radio star Hamish Blake has been labeled a “shoo-in” to the gong, but according to Sportsbet he could be picked on the post in the evening by TV’s golden girl herself, Channel 7’s Sonia Kruger.

While Blake, who hosts the family’s favorite competition show, Lego Masters on Channel 9 he is still betting at $1.80, his odds have declined from $1.40 over the weeks. Elsewhere, Kruger has gone from $6 to $4 and is now outright second favorite.

Chef‘s Melissa Leong is the third choice for $5.50, with iconic Home and away actor Ray Meagher at $10 and I’m a celebrity‘s Julia Morris at $11.

A win would be a long time coming for Kruger, 56, who has finally been recognized on our screens for her 20 years with a nod to the most popular personality.

Earlier this week, she told TV Tonight that it was “high time” for a woman to take home the award, noting that most male nominees have already taken home a Gold Logie in the past.

“And it’s not a popularity contest, but I hosted every single show on Channel 7 last year and earned it more than everyone else,” she joked.

Sean Ormerod of Sportsbet agreed.

“Sonia would be a deserved winner if she takes home the gold,” he said.

“There’s not much she hasn’t appeared on, Big BrotherHoley MoleyDancing with the stars, just to name a few, and there is no doubt about her popularity with the voting public.” Kruger also hosted The voice this year.

According to the betting site, the biggest outsiders are both former Gold Logie winners, with Difficult Quiz host Tom Gleeson for $11 and Karl Stefanovic for $13.

When Gleeson was announced as the last Gold Logie winner, he definitely had something to say about it.

As he took his award with a glass of wine in hand, Gleeson began an eight-minute speech that poked fun at Aussie TV’s Night of Nights and those who really cared about the awards.

“Just because you all want it and I have it, don’t get mad at me,” he said on stage.

“There’s been a lot of concern that I’m making a joke of this award. But what you’re forgetting is that I’m a comedian. I like jokes.

“This award has meant so much to so many different people and it doesn’t stop there. It’s done a lot of great things for a lot of different people… But to me it’s a joke. But I like jokes. I really enjoy them. I really think we should all light the f**k. I really.”

The speech did not go down well with Tracy Grimshaw who shot at Gleeson A current mattersaying, “We’ve all been waiting for him to change tempo and close his speech with some grace, but no chance.”

Amanda Keller, the sentimental favorite for this year’s Gold Logie, admitted she was “a little unimpressed” by the acceptance speech.

“There was a lack of kindness”, The living room host told Andrew Denton on Channel 7’s Interview

Live voting for the Gold Logie is now open until the end of the red carpet broadcast. Fans can now vote for their favorites from the shortlisted nominees on tvweeklogiesvote.com.

The 62nd TV Week Logie Awards will be broadcast on Nine on Sunday, June 19 from 7 p.m.

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