Well ahead of time, the ABC billed their 2018 NYE coverage as being all about the music.
So we were all excited when New Zealand singer Kimbra hit the stage just before 10pm.
And boy did our bubble burst quickly.
Kimbra decided to have a crack at Kylie’s number “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and people were NOT happy. Some folk suggested she was off mic and others implied she minced up an easy song. A couple of viewers were generous and blamed it on the sound engineers.
I thought “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” was an easy song to sing, and then Kimbra happened. #NYEABC— Happy New Yook 🥂🎉 (@lukeyook)
Others were less generous.
“Kimbra needs to be a singer that we used to know,” one bloke tweeted.
“Why isn’t Kimbra singing her own songs?” another person complained on social media.
Although apparently she signed the song in AUSLAN – and a few deaf folk were pleased about this.
— Peter Morton (@petermortonidau)
#ABCNYE. Hey Abc fix the sound on your NYE production!
Sack the OB sound engineer NOW !
The Broadcast sound is rubbish, fix so we can all enjoy the tunes like those right at the stage!— Chris Vidler (@Vidler26)
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Of course, I could be out partying with all my mates – or lying on a giant lilo shaped as a sloth in my friend’s semi-heated (and very elegant) outdoor pool. But like nearly four million other Australians, I couldn’t be arsed. I’d rather sit at home on the couch with a giant bucket of prawns in one hand and a glass of prosecco in the other, get well-oiled and make fun of ABC New Year’s Eve coverage. You too? Good. Let’s go.
We kicked off at 8.30pm with “The Early Night Show” hosted by Rove McManus and Hoot. One of the great things about seeing your kids grow up is that you never have to see or hear from Jimmy Giggle again. Oh wait…
I said it last year. and I’ll repeat it again – Hoot needs to part ways with Jimmy Giggle and forge a new career in musical theatre. #ABCNYE— Anouska (@AnouskaHaaket)
We see a bit of Annabel Crabb playing the flute (does anyone know…can she ACTUALLY play the flute?) and Leigh Sales acting as the Spinderella when introducing Zindzi Okenyo’s rap song.
Just when I was about to vomit a bit in my mouth watching washed out stars sing nursery rhymes, super cute kids from all over Australia started singing Auld Lang Syne…and it was better than the Qantas song. Awwwwwwww. We’ve peaked too early, folks.
The fireworks were pretty. Ooooo. Ahhhhh. Michael felt he would have done a better job, though.
Seriously 7 mins that’s it? I last longer than that. #sydnye— Michael Quinn (@michaelq)
“The Night is Yours” adult coverage was meant to start at 9.30pm but started early with a bit of indigenous poetry and amazing laser graphics.
Here’s a sneak peek of the #SydNYE Calling Country projections coming up after 9pm. This new segment includes animations of water, birds, fish & plants, beamed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons. It will welcome all to the city and Gadigal land. More info https://t.co/bi3ccHn81d pic.twitter.com/IGj68mDApN— City of Sydney (@cityofsydney)
This part is hosted by Charlie Pickering and Zan Rowe. Apparently, the ABC polled the country for Australia’s favourite party songs and one of the top three tracks was Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
I’m thinking Casey Donovan is doing a fine job belting this number out but my husband says: “Bloody hell if I kept my Nintendo Switch I could be playing it RIGHT NOW instead of watching this.”
Beautiful and talented! Casey Donovan is absolutely SLAYING! #NYEABC— Dula Peep (@xanderthegr9)
— Ambra Sancin (@ambradambra)
G Flip (aka Georgia Flipo) did improve the mood of revellers quite a bit with her awesome – oh those drums! – rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary. She quickly followed that number up with Blame it on the Boogie.
The national sport of making fun of the ABC’s NYE TV coverage began in 2013 when the broadcast was dubbed a “train wreck.” Viewers noted tasteless jokes – including references to penises and vomit – and inappropriate comments about public figures such as-then Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Others suggested some of the featured personalities were drunk.
Co-host Julia ended the broadcast by saying “oh thank god” because she thought her mic was off.
Viewers were again unimpressed with the national broadcaster’s NYE coverage in 2017 when hosts Jeremy Fernandez and Ella Hooper almost missed the midnight countdown because they were distracted by a live interview with Hoodoo Gurus front man, Dave Faulkner.
The start of last year (2018) didn’t fare much better for host Charlie Pickering as he counted down to New Year. He was swiftly slammed on social media after asking the assembled crowd: “Are you ready to count down to the magical moment, the only time it’s OK to kill … ah, kiss a police officer without asking?” Despite this gaffe, he still managed to score the gig as co-host again this NYE.
Since 2013, the ABC’s TV coverage has reached more than three million people each year. Anyone would think Australians like making fun of celebrities who make fools of themselves in public. Again. And again.