Last year at Carols by Candlelight, Happy Feet penguins and Hi-5 accompanied Santa instead of the traditional appearance by Humphrey B. Bear.
Humphrey may have been in attendance for meet and greets and commercial break appearances, but he only made it onto screen for the viewing audience in the curtain call.
And according to a line in an Age article it will be the same this year.
”Humphrey’s going to do what he did last year,” it notes.
I can only presume this is because a sponsor is paying handsomely for some inclusion, whereas Humphrey is no longer owned by Nine and probably costs to appear. But that’s just a guess…
Last night’s Carols in the Domain on Seven also came under fire for the amount of commercial references it contained.
On Twitter, viewers said:
Is this Carols in the Domain or @GruenHQ So many ads or product plugs #carolsinthedomain
I didn’t expect this much product placement in #carolsinthedomain. At the moment they’re singing “Hark the Sun-Herald Angels Sing”
When the f*** did #carolsinthedomain turn into one giant advertisement. Really pissed off. #woolworthscarols
Over commercialised, B list singers from xfactor ruining #CarolsintheDomain #keepitclassic
not hearing many carols at the moment just lots of plugs for things that have nothing to do for Christmas #carolsinthedomain #letdown
It was also the final TV performance for three of The Wiggles, Greg Page, Jeff Fatt and Murray Cook.
They received a much brighter reception on Twitter.