Big night predicted for WA golden girl
Carrie Bickmore poses at the TV Week Logie Awards nominations announcement. Picture: Don Arnold/Getty Images.

WA born and bred presenter Carrie Bickmore is hot favourite to take out TV's top award, the Gold Logie, tomorrow night.

Bickmore, who co-anchors Ten's news panel show The Project, is up for both gold and silver Logies.

The 31-year-old is facing tough competition in the race for gold from last year's winner, Nine's Today show host Karl Stefanovic, and fan favourite Asher Keddie.

Keddie returns to screens on Wednesday for series three of Ten's hit drama series Offspring and was recently praised for her portrayal of Ita Buttrose in the ABC mini-series, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. Former Home and Away star Esther Anderson and comedians Hamish Blake and Adam Hills make up the rest of the gold nominations.

According to online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au, Bickmore is the front-runner at odds of $1.60, ahead of Stefanovic at $4. Blake is third at $6, followed by Keddie at $9.

But despite firming as favourite, Bickmore, who is in the running for a silver Logie in the most popular presenter category, said she felt honoured to be considered among such highly regarded stars.

"It really is quite surreal," she said.

"I've sat so many times next to Rove (McManus) when he got up there and won a gold, and it's so amazing because he's done such hard work and is an incredible guy for doing all these things, but I've never ever thought I'd be in a similar situation.

"To know that your hard work has been noticed and that people have enjoyed our show, it really is quite touching."

Other WA Logie nominees include former Packed to the Rafters favourite Jessica Marais, who is nominated for a silver Logie for most popular actress, and Home and Away star turned Hollywood actress Melissa George, who is up for silver for most outstanding actress for her performance in the ABC mini-series The Slap.

Marais, who is due to give birth within weeks, will not be attending the awards.

Perth-born Sky News political reporter turned News Day host Ashleigh Gillon is also in the running for a silver Logie for most outstanding news coverage for her on-the-ground reports of the Qantas groundings.

The 54th Annual TV Week Logie Awards airs on Nine/WIN tomorrow at 7.30pm.

The West Australian

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