Stay tuned: The New Daily’s ‘Most Talked About People’ series kicks off on Boxing Day morning.
There were plenty of big Australian stories in 2017. A heavyweight of the Catholic church flew from Rome to face accusers. A welterweight ex-school teacher flew the flag for the unlikely underdog. In Canberra, an ex-prime minister buzzed like a blow fly at a barbie around the head of the incumbent, pollies were skittled by dual citizenship and the historic same-sex marriage vote brought the deeply personal into public life.
The entertainment industry threw up plenty of fodder: a breakfast TV star who became the news, an actress who revelled in her day in court, reality TV stars who rewrote the unscripted script.
Whoever turned heads, The New Daily was watching. The result? Our inaugural gallery of the year’s Most Talked About People.
For months, hundreds of names were compiled and discussed by our staff. Debates got heated. Famous figures were summarily crossed off. In the end, just one criteria had to be met: those on the final list had to have been the people we talked about the most, with chief of staff Kate Halfpenny, reporter Farrah Plummer and graphics editor Simon Rankin heading up the project to name and talk to our candidates about the year and their place in it.
So, welcome to The Most Talked About People 2017. From A-list stars to politicians and athletes, they’re the 13 Australians who made headlines and sparked conversations – both heated and admiring – across the nation.
Some covered themselves in glory. Some created controversy. Some made reputations, others lost them.
From the cricket arena to the same sex marriage battlefield, regardless of whether they were beloved or booed, their personal and professional wins and downfalls had us talking over dinner tables and media channels.
They proved what turns our heads most is humanity – even the one who isn’t human.