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Osher Gunsberg (C) hit the big-time with Australian Idol and is back on top with The Bachelor

Today's Birthday, March 29: Osher Gunsberg, aka Andrew G, Australian TV personality, (1974 - )

He made a name for himself co-hosting ratings juggernaut Australian Idol in the noughties - now Osher Gunsberg is one of the nation's most recognisable media personalities.

Born on March 29, 1974, in London, Andrew Gunsberg was just four months old when he moved to Australia with his Czech father and Lithuanian mother. First stop was Adelaide, then Brisbane where he spent most of his youth.

Gunsberg developed an early interest in music, playing in his school orchestra and performing in school musicals. A bass and double bass player, he completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music and performed in a swag of bands around Brisbane, including Feeble's Junky and Resin Dogs.

In the late 1990s, he scored a gig working as a Black Thunder driver with B105 FM's radio street crew and as fill-in host on the midnight-to-dawn shift before making it a regular spot. In 1998, at 24, he joined Adelaide's SAFM for the afternoon shift and changed his on-air name to Andrew G.

A year later, he was hired by music television station Channel [V] to host their flagship request show By Demand, as well as various late night shows. He stayed for seven years, also hosting the national radio chart countdown show Take 40 Australia.

Then came Network 10's Australian Idol, which he co-hosted with James Mathison from 2003 until 2008, before going solo for his seventh and final Idol series in 2009. Numerous high-profile hosting roles followed, along with a marriage break-up and an ongoing battle with depression.

At 38, he changed his name to Osher - Hebrew for happiness - after what he says was a revelatory meeting with a Shaman in Israel who advised him to "change the energy".

His career in broadcasting took off again. His latest gigs include hosting 10's The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia and Bachelor in Paradise, narrating Bondi Rescue, and hosting the Australian version of international hit The Masked Singer.

His memoir, Back, After The Break, came out in 2018.

Gunsberg lives in Sydney with his second wife, baby son and stepdaughter.

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