Strictly Speaking (TV series)

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Strictly Speaking
Strictly Speaking logo
Format Speaking competition
Presented by Andrew Hansen
Judges Michael Gurr
Jean Kittson
Father Bob Maguire
Leigh Sales
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 5 aired, 13 total
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Southern Star Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel ABC1
Original run 29 September 2010 (2010-09-29) – 25 October 2010 (2010-10-25) (5 episodes)
External links
Website
Production website

Strictly Speaking is an Australian television series which began airing on 29 September 2010. The show is hosted by Andrew Hansen and is currently being aired on ABC1.[1] After only 5 episodes, Strictly Speaking was removed from ABC's schedule after failing to attract viewers.[2] On 5 June 2011, the show returned to ABC1 in a new Sunday timeslot.[3]

Format[edit]

The format of Strictly Speaking is based around that of a talent show where contestants compete for the title of Australia's best speaker. Each episode, three contestants perform a prepared speech and an impromptu speech in two individual rounds. The first round consists of each contestant performing a prepared speech. At the end of the round the judges decide on a score for each contestant. In the second round, contestants are given a topic to briefly prepare an impromptu speech from. At the end of the second round the judges again gives scores to each contestant, in effect announcing the winner for that episode.[4][5]

Judging Criteria[edit]

Speeches are judged on the criteria of content, delivery, entertainment and other considerations. In the area of content, contestants are assessed on the subject matter; originality; creativity; quality of writing; structure; clarity and effectiveness of argument; and appropriateness of the speech. In the area of delivery, contestants are assessed on whether the speech was natural or practised; pitch, pace and volume; appearance; fluency; and emotion. In the area of entertainment, speeches are assessed on whether the performance connected with the audience; charisma; and personality. The final judging criteria is that of other considerations where performances are assessed on whether the speaker was speaking to everyone; whether the speaker could have varied pace more; whether the gestures matched the speech; and whether the speech was reasonably within the time limit.[5]

Additional criteria is brought in for the second round to assess the impromptu speech. Judges consider whether the speech addressed the topic; how the topic was used in the speech; originality; whether it featured a logical structure; and whether the argument was concise.[5]

Production[edit]

In July 2009, a contestant call went out for anyone who could be considered as a talented or confident public speaker. One month later, auditions for the show began.[6][7] The auditions narrowed down over 1,500 applications into just 27 spots in the show's first series. On 31 August 2009, it was announced that Andrew Hansen would be the host for the show.[8] On 8 December 2009, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation announced its programming lineup for 2010 which included Strictly Speaking.[9] On 13 September 2010, it was announced that Strictly Speaking would fill the slot that The New Inventors vacated after its grand final on 22 September 2010. The first series began showing on 29 September 2010.[10]

Episodes[edit]

Indicates the winner of that round.
Indicates the winner of that round (draw).
Indicates the losers of that round.

Series 1[edit]

Air Date Contestants Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Total Score Notes
1 29 September 2010 Charlie Perry 7 7 14 [11]
Brendan Morant 7.5 5 12.5
Rebecca Macintosh 6 7 13
2 6 October 2010 Stephanie Cooper 8 7 15 [12]
Daniel Hobley 8 8 16
Dana Maray 8 8.5 16.5
3 13 October 2010 Joe Ware 7.5 8 15.5 [13]
Jennifer Neumann 7.5 7 14.5
Nat Ware 7 7.5 14.5
4 20 October 2010 Matthew Robertson 7.5 7.5 15 [14]
Alicia Nowak 8 7 15
Mark Yettica-Paulson 8.5 8.5 17
5 27 October 2010 Joe Rafalowicz 7 7 14 [15]
Sue Harold 6 6 12
Josh Hampton 6 7 13
6 10 July 2011 Steve Widders 8 8 16 [16]
Lonie Pizarro 7.5 7.5 15
Lisa Maxwell 7 7 14
7 17 July 2011 Mary Jane Boughen 7 6 13 [17]
Taylor Bunnag 6.5 8 14.5
Sam Almaliki 7 7 14
8 24 July 2011 Toby Halligan 6 8 14 [18]
Krystal Cathcart 7 6 13
Bill Stuth 6 6 12
9 31 July 2011 Joel Doutch 7.5 7.5 15 [19]
Rosie Sitorus 7 7 14
Steve Wisbey 7 6.5 13.5
Semi Finals
10 7 August 2011 Joel Doutch 8 7 15 [12][13][19][20]
Dana Maray 7.5 7 14.5
Joe Ware 9 8 17
11 14 August 2011 Mark Yettica-Paulson 7.5 8.5 16 [14][15][18][21]
Joe Rafalowicz 7 7 14
Toby Halligan 7.5 8 15.5
12 21 August 2011 Taylor Bunnag 7 7 14

[11][16][17][22]

Charlie Perry 7.5 7.5 15
Steve Widders 7 7 14
Grand Final
13 28 August 2011 Charlie Perry 8 6.5 14.5 [20][21][22][23]
Mark Yettica-Paulson 8.5 8 16.5
Joe Ware 8.5 7.5 16

Reception[edit]

The ratings for the first episode weren't positive. The Spy Report stated "Strictly Speaking struggled to make an impression, averaging 586,000 viewers".[24] The second episode received fewer viewers but ranked slightly better for the Wednesday ratings.[25]

Ratings[edit]

Viewers Rank (timeslot) Rank (day) Notes
1 586,000 4 27 [26]
2 442,000 4 24 [25]
3 410,000 4 25 [27]
4 436,000 4 29 [28]
5 390,000 4 32 [29]
6 TBA

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strictly Speaking - ABC Television". ABC. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Knox, David (28 October 2010). "Gone: Strictly Speaking". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Strictly Speaking - Episode 1". ABC. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Strictly Speaking - About Strictly Speaking - ABC Television". ABC. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Strictly Speaking - Judging Guidelines - ABC Television". ABC. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Do You Have The 'Gift Of The Gab'? - Strictly Speaking". Throng. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (13 July 2009). "Auditions: Strictly Speaking". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Knox, David (31 August 2009). "Andrew Hansen to host Strictly Speaking". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Knox, David (8 December 2009). "ABC: 2010 Highlights". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Knox, David (13 September 2010). "Airdate: Strictly Speaking". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 1 - ABC Television". ABC. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 2 - ABC Television". ABC. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 3 - ABC Television". ABC. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 4 - ABC Television". ABC. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 5 - ABC Television". ABC. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 6 - ABC Television". ABC. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 7 - ABC Television". ABC. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 8 - ABC Television". ABC. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 9 - ABC Television". ABC. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 10 - ABC Television". ABC. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 11 - ABC Television". ABC. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "Strictly Speaking - Episode 12 - ABC Television". ABC. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Strictly Speaking - Episode 13 - ABC Television". ABC. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  24. ^ Washbrook, Cyril (30 September 2010). "Ratings: Networks jostle to claim victories". The Spy Report. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  25. ^ a b Knox, David (4 October 2010). "Week 41". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  26. ^ Knox, David (27 September 2010). "Week 40". TV Tonight. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  27. ^ Knox, David (11 October 2010). "Week 42". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  28. ^ Knox, David (18 October 2010). "Week 43". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  29. ^ Knox, David (25 October 2010). "Week 44". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 October 2010.