This week brought us an event that is arguably the pinnacle of reality television featuring all the hallmarks of a truly compelling watch – there's gripping drama, highly inappropriate comments and a touch of glamour to boot.
No, it isn’t MKR, Real Housewives, I’m a Celebrity or anything so scripted or mundane. It is Australian television’s night of nights – The Logies.
And there’s just so much to love about this event.
As the entertainment industry nurses its annual hangover, here are three reasons to love the Logies and two women who managed to keep it real amidst the theatrics of reality TV…
We could go on at length about how Grant Denyer took the Gold, but let's not. Chances are you probably know. Instead, it's indicative of how the Logies always serves up a twist. That's partly due to the fact that unlike the Oscars or BAFTAs the Logies is open to the public vote.
There’s probably a little girl in all of us who once envisaged getting dressed up to the nines. So it’s always fascinating to watch the glitz and glamour unfold. Equally, if not more fascinating, is when a celebrity stylist truly misses the mark.
The Logies has a long and star-studded list of gripping train wreck moments, where the country couldn’t help but watch on mouth agape. There was the year Bert Newton sparked international outrage while co-hosting with Muhammad Ali.
There was last year when Molly Meldrum highjacked Samuel Johnson’s touching tribute to his sister. Then there was the infamous morning after in 2009 when Karl Stefanovic embraced Today slightly worse for wear.
And that brings us to a real highlight of this year's Logies brought to us courtesy of Channel 9 stalwarts Lisa Wilkinson and Tracy Grimshaw. These fabulous first ladies of Nine brought some reality to an otherwise beauty-worshipping affair.
There amidst the blonde glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast, they took us behind the scenes and into their hotel rooms as they spent hours preparing for the event.
Grimshaw (58) posted a shot of herself on Instagram half made-up, hair yet to be done, joking “totally red carpet ready”, while Wilkinson (also 58) was pictured wearing an eye mask, noting: “And so the #Logies red carpet construction job begins...with an eye mask. But ladies, this is the real me. No makeup. Just remember, everything you see from here is all smoke and mirrors”.
It's not the first time Wilkinson has fronted the cameras sans makeup to show her real self to the world. She also did before and after Logie shots, last year and regularly posts to Instagram just going about day-to-day life. Meanwhile, Wilkinson and Today co-host Georgie Gardner once famously took the brave step of having their mammograms done on TV.
It’s inspiring, it’s real and feels honest. Smoke and mirrors the makeup and glamour may be, but when high-profile women step up to confidently show who they are, you can’t hide the beauty beneath.
Clare Sultmann is a wife, mother of 3 and the founder of Dear Molly.
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