While we wait for news on next year’s show, here’s the totally unofficial Gusworld Countdown Spectacular 2 awards.
Best singer: Martha Davis (with Kate Ceberano an agonisingly close second).
Best preserved: Samantha Fox (runner up: Plastic Bertrand).
Act with most dedicated Internet fanbase: Rick Springfield.
Act most likely to be mistaken for a Gold Coast plumber on karaoke night: Graham Bonnet.
Most surprisingly impressive vocals: Ignatius Jones.
Biggest audience reaction for a headliner: Doc Neeson’s Angels (with Rick Springfield running close behind).
Biggest audience reaction for a non-headliner: David Patton.
Most welcome innovation: The Wolfgramm Sisters solo spot.
Most welcome exclusion: The dodgy Humdrum segment from last year thankfully didn’t make an appearance.
Most deserving of a second song: Sharon O’Neill.
Most obvious setlist exclusion: Kate Ceberano, ‘Do You Wanna Be’ (with Rick Springfield’s ‘I’ve Done Everything For You’ a rather close second).
Trick they should repeat next year: Mixing international and Australian acts.
Trick they shouldn’t repeat next year: Cutting the middle verse out of half the songs.