Last night’s Logie Awards ceremony was a shambolic disaster. Gretel Killeen’s first go at hosting the Logies was so bad it almost made you wish for Wendy Harmer, most of the presenters were wooden and the banter was insufferable. Most years I would have followed my normal course of action and switched it off, but this year there was a surprise ingredient that made the Logies must watch TV, twitter.
One of the great features of twitter is its real time search results which, in addition to letting you search for whatever you’re interested in, lists the top ten terms in use at that time, the trending topics. Last night during the telecast both “Logies” and “Gretel” made their way into the top ten and clicking on either of them led to some of the funniest commentary you’d ever read.
Mumbrella’s Tim Burrows summed it up best when he tweeted Twitter does for the Logies what Terry Wogan does for Eurovision. He was spot on, except it was more like having a hundred Terry Wogans, all bringing their own unique take on the event.
The twitter stream was bolstered by Wil Anderson, who was actually giving a running commentary from the event. Because the telecast was on a 30 minute delay, Wil’s tweets gave a glimpse into the awful future that we were yet to see.
The best comment of the night however definitely went to comedian Dan Ilic, giving his review of the woeful Peter Phelps sketch with Humphrey B. Bear. “Humphrey on stage begging for a job. No pants, no speech, wild gestures. That’s not kids tv, that’s an ice addict.”
So with the sad news that there will be no Terry Wogan commentary on SBS’ Eurovision telecast this year it’s great to know that there will still be a reliable source of snark to drag us through until the final vote is cast.