Nobody saw Dave Hughes coming as the new host of Australia’s Got Talent when he was announced by Nine, but according to judge Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, he’s the show’s very own secret weapon.
“When they announced him as host I thought it was a stroke of genius,” he told TV Tonight. “I think Dave has got such a brilliant, common touch. He’s comfortable speaking with all types of people. He can find the humanity in any situation and drag it out and get great comedy out of it.
“He’s the normal [host] that these shows often get. Dave can be a bit of a bumbler –that’s his act. He’s happy to fall on his sword if it can create some great comedy moments and that’s what we’ve seen so far.
“I think he’s our secret weapon.”
The talent show returns on February 1st spearheading Nine’s ratings assault and while the comedian is better known for taking the p**s on The Project and The Footy Show, Dicko says there’s another side to the funny-man.
“He’s done about 16 years of live radio and television and not all of that has been played for laughs. Quite often there’s a huge amount he will do where he puts his desire for laughs to one side and actually deals with the human being in front of him.
“The one thing you get with Dave is that he will be real. Sometimes you get hosts backstage being a little bit over the top in their support [of contestants] but Dave is honest. Sometimes there are awkward moments because he’s not the most tactile of people. He doesn’t like being touched that much!
“I’ve known Dave for about 13 years,” he insists. “I won’t hear a word said against him!”