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Stars get into festive Logies spirit

On the red carpet at the Logie Awards, the vibe is all excitement, fun and a dash of terror, but for many of Australia's biggest TV stars, the real party is yet to come.

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The TV Week Logies is a marathon, and it's not just about the race to nab a coveted statuette.

From mid-morning on Sunday teams of hairdressers, wardrobe assistants, make-up artists and publicists descended on specially set up beauty ''triages'' throughout the Crown Casino complex.

Carrie Bickmore attending the 56 Logie Awards at Crown in Melbourne on Sunday 27 April 2014 . Click for more photos

Logies red carpet 2014

Carrie Bickmore attending the 56 Logie Awards at Crown in Melbourne on Sunday 27 April 2014 .

Within each of these mock-up beauty parlours, teams of ''technicians'' were frantically buzzing around their network stars, spritzing their talent before their all-important red carpet ''reveal''.

The red carpet appearance is almost as important as the awards themselves, an opportunity for networks to push their respective talent as stars are ushered down the 430-metre carpet which snakes its way through the screaming crowds, up the grand staircase and finally into the Crown Casino's glitzy Palladium ballroom.

Traditionally the bigger names are the last to arrive, with Kylie Minogue ranking as the biggest star of the night.

Kylie Minogue stole the show.

Kylie Minogue stole the show. Photo: Eddie Jim

Patti Newton arrived with daughter Lauren, revealing her Logie's legend husband, Bert, was unable to attend due to recent eye surgery: ''He'll be watching at home, but through droopy eyes.''

This year, the cast of Foxtel's Real Housewives of Melbourne were given a rousing welcome by the home crowd, especially when Gina Liano, the barrister with a penchant for hairspray, stepped out. Liano's reception was almost as loud as the one for Kylie Minogue, the former having insisted she do her own make-up and hair. ''I'm pretty particular about that and I like to do it myself. I'm practically low maintenance.''

Logies stalwart Susie Elelman wore a plunging neckline gown by the late Christopher Essex. But the real excitement came with the arrival of this year's Gold Logie nominees, who include Ten's Asher Keddie and Carrie Bickmore, Seven's Stephen Peacocke, Nine's Scott Cam and Andy Lee, and the ABC's Essie Davis.

Bickmore said she had overcome her nerves, and arrived wearing a huge pale grey taffeta skirt and fitted lace top by the designer Paolo Sebastian. ''Yes, you can fit quite a few people under here … I'm smuggling them in,'' she joked.