Video Hits is no more.
After 24 years the weekend clip show took its final bow on TEN today in three hour retrospective special.
“Thankyou to Channel TEN for letting us be on air for 24 years, thankyou to all the bands and record companies and artists who have appeared on the show, thank you for watching,” said co-host Dylan Lewis.
Premiering in 1987, the show preceded rage by just two months and became the world’s second longest running music show after the Eurovision Song Contest.
But after 24 years it finally fell victim to cost-cuts under interim CEO Lachlan Murdoch.
Today Lewis and co-host Faustina “Fuzzy” Agolley looked back on the songs that have helped define its two and a half decades. Several of the previous hosts, Kelly Cavuoto, Axle Whitehead, Hayden Guppy, and Nathan Sapsford, were also acknowledged.
Across its three hour finale it featured interviews and shout outs from many artists including ABBA, Adele, Mariah Carey, Boy George, Muse, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Sinead O’Connor, Pharell Williams, Silverchair, La Roux, Faithless, The Script, Emma Bunton, Rhianna, The Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys, plus highlights from Big Day Out, Park Life and live concerts in Martin Place.
In its final hosting segment, Lewis and Agolley toasted champagne with with the four production staff who have worked on the show.
“Here’s to Video Hits you will be sorely missed until something hopefully comes and fills the void soon,” said Lewis.
Karma Chameleon -Culture Club
Mmm Bop -Hanson
Poker Face -Lady Gaga
Time of Your Life -Green Day
The Resistance -Muse
Hero -Mariah Carey
My Happiness -Powerfinger
Barbie Girl -Aqua
Torn -Natalie Imbruglia
Fall At Your Feet (Live) -Neil Finn
Angel -Robbie Williams
Livin La Vida Loca -Ricky Martin
Pure Shores -All Saints
Tellin’ Everybody -Human Nature
Better Than (Live) -John Butler Trio
Straight Lines -Silverchair
Killing Me Softly -The Fugees
Rehab -Amy Winehouse
You’ve Got the Love -Florence and the Machine
Wannabe -The Spice Girls
Runaway -Kanye West
Only Girl (In the World) -Rhianna
Superwoman (Live) -Alicia Keys
Every Teardrop is Waterfall – Coldplay
On Twitter fans left affectionate farewells:
jesscampbell:Last #VideoHits ever! A childhood Saturday tradition all over, I remember when I use to record my fav videos and watch them over & over!
madeitobvious: “And then a hero comes along with the strength to carry on & you cast your fears aside & you know you can survive…” #videohits
felicityward: Farewell #VideoHits you’ve got me through so many hangovers & panicked moments when Rage had already finished.
KristinDevitt: Raise your glass to all the crew who have brought us #videohits, a soundtrack for Saturday mornings. @channelten
chrispytweets: 24 years of music history comes to an end. Long live #videohits.
paulcochrane10: the #videohits farewell brings back heaps of memories working here in the @sportstonight1 newsroom on Saturday & Sunday mornings!
themacboy: Still cant work out why Channel 10 is cancelling #videohits . I mean how much would the show cost to make? The videos are free!!
CampbellTwitTim: Mariah Carey on #VideoHits!!! Quick, everyone grab the remote and sing it loud!! 🙂
blahblahellis: Farewell #VideoHits! If only they’d had cooking or renovating in with the music, it might have stood a chance.
james_tobin: @Faustinathefuzz and @_Dylan_Lewis_ congratulations on a stella run! The end of an era #videohits
_Dylan_Lewis_: It started to hail in Melbourne as the credits rolled and Coldplay was playing. So perfect and magic. #lasteverVideoHits
Faustinathefuzz: Our Executive Producer is crying at home. I’m going outside to play in the sun now. Will return to all of your beautiful messages soon. LOVE
Thankyou for the music, guys….