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Andrew G

Osher Günsberg
Günsberg on the set of Australian Idol
Born Andrew Günsberg
(1974-03-29) 29 March 1974 (age 40)
London, UK
Nationality British
Australian
Other names Andrew G
Occupation Presenter
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Noa Tishby (2008–2011)
Website
http://www.andrewgunsberg.com

Osher Günsberg [1] (born Andrew Günsberg on 29 March 1974) widely recognised by his former stage name Andrew G, is an Australian television and radio presenter who is best known as the host of the reality series Australian Idol. He is also known for his hosting roles on Channel [V], Live to Dance on CBS and radio shows including Take 40 Australia and The Hot Hits.

Gunsberg was also the narrator for factual television programs Bondi Rescue and Recruits. He is a regular contributor to The Project and in 2013, he will host the Australian version of reality television series The Bachelor.

Early life

At four months of age, he moved to Adelaide and then to Brisbane, where he spent most of his youth and attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Andrew had an intense interest in music from a young age, playing in school orchestras, and performing in barbershop quartets and school musicals. In his youth, he learned to read and write music, and to play the bass and double bass, attending music school on the weekends, as well as studying for a year at South Brisbane TAFE where he completed an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music majoring in performance.

Bands

After leaving school, Andrew worked his way through music school as a roadie, where he learned many aspects of the music industry. Following this in 1994, Günsberg started performing in bands around the Brisbane scene, such as Feeble's Junky, and later, was in the original line-up of Resin Dogs, playing double bass. Feeble's Junky released two CDs, Panticlerevgator in 1996 and Dive in 1997.

Radio

At 20, Andrew started working as a "Black Thunder" driver and did on-air midnight-to-dawn shifts for B105 radio station in Brisbane, during which time he bore the nickname "Spidey". He filled in for late-night announcing shifts, before taking on the role of the regular midnight-dawn announcer. In 1998, he left B105FM to join SAFM for the afternoon shift. In 1998, at the age of 24, he adopted the stage name of "Andrew G" while doing the afternoon shift at SAFM after his program director said, "Günsberg? Adelaide? Nahh, Andrew G!", thus becoming the first person to ever call him by this name and ensuring some confusion amongst audiences between Günsberg and his new namesake, former Australian rugby league footballer for the Brisbane Broncos, Andrew Gee. In 2009, he decided to drop his stage name and revert to his real name.[2]

From 2004 to 2009, he formally hosted the Australian radio chart countdown programme Take 40 Australia, which airs on nearly 100 stations nationwide. For a month in September 2009, he filled in for controversial breakfast radio presenter Kyle Sandilands on 2Day FM's The Kyle and Jackie O Show along with Dannii Minogue and Brian McFadden. Günsberg finished with Take40 Australia on 29 November 2009. In December 2009, he launched a re-formatted version of The Hot Hits, bringing the show live every week around Australia from Los Angeles. The show was re-named The Hot Hits Live from LA. In July 2010, after only six months on air, the show was nominated for an ACRA award in the category of "Best Syndicated Program".[3]

Television

Channel [V]

In 1999, Andrew shot a short video tour of himself on his skateboard and sent it to Channel [V], resulting in his selection as a host for the station.

For the next seven years, Günsberg worked mainly in live broadcasting, and hosted the flagship request show, 'By Demand' (later 'whatUwant'), and various late night shows (including "The Joint"). He also hosted a nightly live variety show during the Sydney Olympics of 2000, "Rings of Fire".

Günsberg was also involved with Channel [V]'s Bus tours — a show broadcast via satellite from the back of a truck from various locations in Australia. Bands and skaters would perform, and crowds varied in size from several hundred to several thousand. They toured throughout summer around the country, broadcasting from cities, beaches, snowy mountains and deserts.

Günsberg travelled to Europe and North America in July 2005 to shoot the interview series "Andrew G's Excellent Adventure". Highlights included a ride in the private plane of the Offspring's Dexter Holland to the Vans Warped tour, and seeing Jamiroquai perform to 100,000 in Naples, Italy.

In 2006, it was announced that Günsberg would be leaving Channel [V].[4]

Network Ten

In 2003, Andrew became co-host (with Channel [V] co-star James Mathison) of Australian Idol on Network Ten. For this role, Günsberg was nominated for the Silver Logie in 2004. After Mathison announced that he was moving on to other projects, Andrew hosted the seventh season of Australian Idol solo in 2009. He was also the compere of Network Ten's game show The Con Test.

He appeared on a celebrity episode of the Australian version of Ready Steady Cook in October 2005. As a committed vegan, his recipe ideas were not extremely well received by the audience. According to Gunsberg, the audience's response when he revealed tofu on the menu, was "similar to the look you see on peoples [sic] faces when they view two dogs rooting on the side of the road — puzzled, curious, but all together uncomfortable."[5]

He was one of the co-hosts of the televised Australia Day-eve celebrations on 25 January 2006. In October 2006, he was a contestant on the Australian comedy TV Show, Thank God You're Here, and played in "Celebrity Joker Poker", winning $10,000 for charity. In 2007, he hosted The Con Test. In February 2007, he appeared as himself on the soap opera Neighbours.[6] From 2007–09, he co-hosted the Sydney New Year's Eve telecast alongside Kim Watkins & Fuzzy. He also served as a creative consultant on the production.

Andrew is also the narrator for the Network Ten / Cordell-Jigsaw productions, Bondi Rescue and the second season of Recruits (TV series). Gunsberg was a contestant in Season 2 Episode 34 of Good News Week that aired on Channel 10 on 14 September 2009.[7] He has been an occasional guest host for Charlie Pickering and is still a regular contributor to The Project.

CBS

In October 2010, CBS announced that Andrew would be the host of the new Paula Abdul dance competition Live to Dance.[8] The show made its debut in January 2011 on CBS. It was announced that Live to Dance would not return for a second season.

Other media

In 2004, Andrew G was named Cleo magazine's "Bachelor of the Year". In 2005, Günsberg appeared (with Jackie O) in a television commercial for the Ford Focus, in which he 'forgets' that he has left an iPod on the roof of the vehicle (an exaggerated demonstration of the smoothness of the vehicle's handling).

Personal life

Andrew G holds dual British and Australian nationality.[9]

He was married to Israeli actress and producer Noa Tishby.[10][11] In two very simple tweets on 27 December 2011, Gunsberg told his Twitter followers that he was sad to say his marriage to Tishby was over, and to respect their privacy.[12] He is a vegan.[13] In September 2010, Günsberg exhibited a year of daily photographic self portraits (June 2009 – June 2010) at Mart Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney, with part of the proceeds going to Lifeline.[14]

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Andrew G's Australian Idol Biography
  • Take40
  • Günsberg's MySpace
  • Official Blog
  • WHO.com Australian Idol blog
  • MCM Entertainment
  • 365 Days – A set on Flickr
Preceded by
Geoff Huegill
Cleo Bachelor of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
Ryan Phelan
Preceded by
Gretel Killeen and Daniel MacPherson
Sydney New Year's Eve
Co-host with Kim Watkins

2007–082008–09
Succeeded by
incumbent
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