New Host + New Games + New Team Captains = New Spicks and Specks

New Host + New Games + New Team Captains = New Spicks and Specks

Spicks and Specks is coming back, but apparently without any of these people [source].

BIG NEWS: Australia’s favourite1 music quiz show SPICKS AND SPECKS will be back in 2013 with a new host, new team captains and new games! SPICKS AND SPECKS 2013 promises to be no cover version.

– via the Spicks and Specks facebook page.

Spicks and Specks is coming back next year, but things are going to be different.  There’s no word yet on who the new host or team captains will be, but my fantasy casting involves comedian and DJ Andrew McClelland, the wonderful Bill Bailey [seeing as he doesn’t do Buzzcocks anymore], and me [because I’m a massive music trivia nerd, and besides, this is my fantasy].

Considering that Adam Hills was quite a small fish [compared to now, anyway] before he began hosting the series, I hope that the folks at the ABC use the relaunch of Spicks and Specks as the opportunity to boost somebody else’s career.  There are plenty of promising Melbourne-based comedians with excellent hosting skills, and a love of music, who would be perfect for the position.

Who do you think would make a good host or team captain?  Leave a comment with your suggestions, and maybe the Spicks and Specks production team will take your ideas on board2.

1 This quote is taken directly from the Spicks and Specks page, which might be a little biased in announcing that they are Australia’s favourite. Personally, I prefer RocKwiz.
2 This is highly unlikely because I do not work for the ABC, and I doubt any members of the Spicks and Specks production team would be reading here.  Still, I would love to know what you think.



  • Lauretta
    6 years ago

    Ok. My Spicks and Specks fantasy league team consists of DeAnne Smith as host (hey she loves Australia and really, a little Canadian loveliness never goes astray) along with Tom Ballard and… now I can’t really think anyone who would properly fit the dynamic or actually know anything about music. Celia Pacquola would be very good. Her career is just becoming mainstream but there would still be ABC1 patrons who had not heard of her. Quite a few probably. There. Yes. This is my fantasy but really I’d love to see anyone new. I’m looking forward to Spicks and Specks now. It will be interesting.

  • 6 years ago

    DeAnne Smith would be great! I too am looking forward to the new Spicks and Specks. I just hope that they maintain their promise that it won’t be “a cover version”, and that they instead try new things with new people. We don’t need a low-rent version of the old show, but something new is always welcome.

  • Lizzy
    6 years ago

    Deanne Smith can do anything and I will watch it gladly. I think Sammy J would make a great addition to the team, either as host or team captain.

  • 6 years ago

    It’d be great to see more of Sammy J on the telly. Imagine if he performed duets with different guests each week.

  • Glenn
    6 years ago

    Hopefully the ABC don’t do something horrible like get one of the Chaser guys, or Tom and Alex to host or captain. I have faith they’ll do well though.
    On one hand, I’d love to see Myf or Alan take up the hosting role. But I think a totally fresh start is a great idea.
    I agree Andy McClelland would be a brilliant choice for team captain. Tim Minchin would be great (but unlikely). I’d like to see Brian Mannix and Denise Scott involved too.
    Also, ratings would support the Australia’s favourite claim.

  • 6 years ago

    The ABC did so well in casting Adam, Myf & Alan the first time around, that I too have faith that they’ll do well. Unless the first time was just a fluke…

    It’d be good to see some of the regulars back – Denise Scott, Dave O’Neil, Felicity Ward… even Hamish Blake.

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