Q&A panellists, from left, Julie McCrossin, John Haldane, Ray Minniecon and Reverend Tiffany Sparks listen to Lyle Shelton. Photo: ABC Australian Christian Lobby leader Lyle Shelton on Q&A. Photo: ABC’s Q&A
He’s our newest TV star and is on his way to big things – who knows, maybe one day even a Logie? Here comes Lyle!
With a very rare second appearance on Q&A in as many months, there are obviously big things in store in 2016 for breakout star Lyle Shelton – the rugged, super-sin-sniffing wizard for the Australian Christian Lobby. Industry insiders are tipping he’s on track to become the most popular spirit-friendly feature on late-night TV since Doris Stokes brought the voices in her head to The Don Lane Show in the 1970s.
They’re big shoes to fill. But TV insiders insist Q&A favourite Shelton could even be in line for his own show, especially if producers decide his boy-next-door fundamentalist charm deserves even more airtime than the Monday night flagship program can provide.
Watch this space!
In the meantime, we’ve run a poll asking fans to tell us what Lyle’s solo TV vehicle could be called – and the viewers have spoken.
Here’s your verdict: Lyle Shelton Lately…
Great choice, guys!
And what a great way for Lyle to tell us on a late-night show what he’s been up to “lately” – whether it’s chit-chat about chilling out with a far-right American Christian in the middle of a Nazi-related tit-for-tat over gay rights, as Lyle revealed on Q&A, or stories of hanging with his buddies in Canberra, where he likes to shoot the breeze about wholesale vandalism of school welfare policies. With a busy life like Lyle’s living now, he’ll never be short of great material!
We’ll let the ABC know your verdict: Lyle Shelton Lately … it is! With those all-important dot-dot-dots at the end. Because as all Lyle super-fans know, there is always a dot-dot-dot at the end with the cardigan-friendly star.
His critics used to call him a Bible-basher … but he’s not like that at all! If Lyle’s going to hit you over the head, he prefers to use the ellipsis he carries with him for that very purpose …
To make his points and to offer his savvy advice about things that might happen to you …
If you’re not careful …
It’s just one of his little quirks.
That, and quoting the Bible out of context for fun to see who can guess the mistake he’s deliberately making – though on his latest Q&A session he hinted those prank days might be over.
“Dangerous!” is what he said of biblical passages being wilfully misinterpreted, showing off the deadpan delivery and quick wit that has made him such a smash guest.
And he’s quick on his feet – mention a Nazi-gay-rights-Scott-Morrison-related controversy to most people on live TV and they’d freeze up – but Lyle didn’t skip a beat! He assured fans it was only a sort-of Nazi-gay-rights-related thing but mostly a harmless storm in a homosexual-lobby teacup.
And don’t worry ladies – Lyle’s not drinking from that cup! – even though it made for a tense moment with Q&A’s lesbian-wielding guest Julie McCrossin, who said something about Lyle’s “intensity” and “savagery”. As Shelton fans could have told Julie, that’s exactly what they love him for – and the headstrong star won’t go changing what’s working now.
Critics were hailing Lyle’s latest Q&A work as proof he has true TV-star chops.
“Usually, having five Christian leaders on your show is like having five chefs on to debate whether potatoes are better roasted or mashed,” says one veteran watcher. “But with Lyle, it has more of an edge – like listening to a group of mechanics argue over how to rig your brakes. Lyle brings that added oomph.”
We can also report that whatever happens with his TV career this year, Australians will be seeing a lot of Lyle anyway – the government is flying him around the country on some sort of public awareness campaign designed for him by unlucky loser PM and loyal Lyle buddy Tony Abbott.
We can’t wait to see what those two mates have in store! We’ll keep you posted …
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