The somewhat controversial categories for Most Popular New Talent (Male) and (Female) has been merged into one single non-gender-specific category.
Last year the Male category was won by Joel Madden from The Voice, on the same day as the second season kicked off.
Industry subsequently protested over the decision, which overshadowed emerging Australian talent.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that The Voice coaches and Australia’s Got Talent judges into the Best Presenter category (under TV Week rules, judges are acceptable in this category). But Timomatic has been submitted in the New Talent category by Nine. Networks can submit 5 names for consideration.
It’s unclear if he will still go up against potential “new talent” submissions including Ricky Martin, Dawn French, Geri Halliwell and Redfoo.
The peer-voted Graham Kennedy Most Outstanding New Talent remains.
Other categories including Most Popular Factual Program have been axed entirely. For the past 6 years it has been won by TEN’s Bondi Rescue.
Voting for the awards, to be staged on April 27, will begin on February 3 and runs for 4 weeks.