The votes are in! Yes, voting has finished for the 55th TV WEEK Logie Awards. So, what happens now?
We spoke to the awards' project manager, Andreana Walton to get a better idea of what happens in the lead up to this year's big night on April 7.
Is it pretty frantic at Logies headquarters right now?
After voting closes it's completely nuts. We outsource the Logies survey to market research company Roy Morgan, which basically goes through each of the votes in a cleansing process to make sure that any of the invalid votes are removed.
It sounds like a long process.
It takes a long time because of the number of candidates on the bigger awards, like Most Popular Actor and Actress and particularly the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On TV. There is also the pure volume of the number of votes themselves. They [Roy Morgan] scrutinize every single vote individually before the votes are passed on to Ernst and Young, the auditors.
What exactly do they audit?
They audit the process, the results, and they audit all the steps Roy Morgan have taken to remove any invalid votes. Then I receive the nominees.
Well, that's very official.
Absolutely, and I don't think the public realises that. We do everything in an unbiased way and try to be as fair as possible to the networks and the nominees.
How long does the auditing process take?
It takes two weeks for the auditing process. In the meantime, we've also got the other half of the awards, the Most Outstanding Awards, which are voted on by peers, which happens at the same time.
We reveal the nominees exclusively in the TV WEEK issue on sale Monday, March 11. Four weeks from that day is the big event.