“On the Spot” – ASTRA Awards Announce Subscriber’s Choice Finalists

    VOTE FOR THE STARS AND SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH
    9TH ANNUAL ASTRA AWARDS ANNOUNCE

    SUBSCRIBERS’ CHOICE FINALISTS AT EXCLUSIVE EVENT
    VOTING OPENS TUESDAY 21ST JUNE
    FINALISTS ALSO ANNOUNCED FOR PRESTIGIOUS CHANNEL OF THE YEAR AWARD

    At a glamorous cocktail event hosted by ASTRA Awards and OK! Magazine, finalists were announced in the four Subscribers’ Choice categories which will open for public vote on Tuesday 21st June. The event, held at Hugo’s Lounge in Sydney’s Potts Point, celebrated the 86 finalists for this year’s twenty ASTRA Awards categories with guests including some of subscription televisions favourite stars including Charlotte Dawson, Alex Perry, Andrew Winter and Danny Clayton. The event also featured the announcement of finalists for the Channel of the Year award.

    One of the highlights of the ASTRA Awards annual program, the Subscribers’ Choice categories encourage viewers to show their support for their favourite subscription television programs and personalities. Consumer voting starts on Tuesday 21st June, closing on Monday 11th July 2011. Audiences will be able to vote for their favourite talent and home-grown and international shows online at astraawards.com, and via SMS, and the iTV application at Channel 333.

    In the Favourite Personality – Female category four of Australia’s favourite presenters Charlotte Dawson, Jane Gazzo, Laura Dundovic and Sarah Murdoch will go head to head for viewers’ votes, whilst the competition gets serious for the men with eight finalists vying for the Favourite Personality – Male ASTRA Award. David Speers made headlines for his performance as host at the 2010 ceremony, and is up against last year’s Favourite Personality winner Andrew Winter amongst the contenders.

    The 9th Annual ASTRA Awards celebrate local and international content with the Subscribers’ Choice ASTRA Award for Favourite Program – Australian and Favourite Program – International. The Australian category sees long time favourites like Australia’s Next Top Model and Selling Houses Australia facing off against new local productions including Dating in the Dark Australia and Grand Designs Australia while finalists in the International category include Gossip Girl, American Idol, Deadliest Catch and Jersey Shore.

    The ASTRA Awards Subscribers’ Choice finalists are:

    Favourite Program – Australian

    Australia’s Next Top Model Series 6FOX8
    B430 Season 2Channel [V]
    Dating in the Dark AustraliaFOX8
    Grand Designs AustraliaThe LifeStyle Channel
    MAX Sessions: SlashMAX
    On the CouchFOX SPORTS
    Selling Houses Australia Series 3The LifeStyle Channel
    SpiritedW

    Favourite Program – International

    Gossip GirlFOX8
    American IdolFOX8
    Cake BossLifeStyle FOOD Channel
    Grand Designs Season 8The LifeStyle Channel
    Deadliest Catch Season 6Discovery Channel
    Man Vs. WildDiscovery Channel
    Good Luck CharlieDisney Channel
    Jersey ShoreMTV

    Favourite Personality – Female

    Charlotte DawsonFOX8
    Jane GazzoChannel [V]
    Laura DundovicFOX8
    Sarah MurdochFOX8

    Favourite Personality – Male

    Alex PerryFOX8
    Andrew ‘ET’ EttingshausenDiscovery Channel
    Andrew WinterThe LifeStyle Channel
    Danny ClaytonChannel [V]
    David SpeersSKY NEWS
    Mark BosnichFOX SPORTS
    Peter MaddisonThe LifeStyle Channel
    Phil KearnsFOX SPORTS

    Finalists for the coveted ASTRA Award for Channel of the Year were also announced last night. The Channel of the Year is determined by the ASTRA Board and the finalists are:

    Channel of the Year

    Crime & Investigation Network
    Discovery Channel
    The LifeStyle Channel
    SKY NEWS
    FOX SPORTS

    Here, enjoy some postcards of the venue below:

    The 9th Annual ASTRA Awards will take place on Thursday 21st July at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. The theatre style ceremony will showcase the talent, production and best programming categories of subscription television. Tickets are on sale now at www.astraawards.com.

    Story by ASTRA Awards & OK! Magazine.