The Crikey office switched to Channel Nine at nine on the dot this morning, peachy keen to check out Kevin Rudd’s performance on Mornings with Kerri-Anne.

Yesterday, Sophie Black warned Rudd not to fall prey to the charms of KA, legendary embarrasser of politicians. 

In the end, he wasn’t overly mortifying — unless he’s your dad. Mr Rudd, or Kevvie as Kerri-Anne was keen to call him, popped up throughout the program, proving to be a renaissance man as he baked, laid a brick (not an egg) and, yes, danced.

Things we learnt this morning about Kevin Rudd:

He hasn’t yet mastered the either/or concept. Given the choice between eating chocolate and passionately kissing his lover, he tells Kerri-Anne he’d like to have both: “I’m a let’s-have-the-best-of-both-worlds man” — watch the video here.

He’s from Queensland. And he loves all things from Queensland. Taking the chocolate pizza slice with banana on it, he explains “I’m a Queenslander so … you know.”  

His 13-year-old son likes junk food.

He used to be a spoon-licker. And he reckons chocolate is finger-lickin good — watch the video here.

He’s taller than Kerri-Anne, despite her killer heels.

His daughter is getting married. She will be dancing the rhumba instead of a bridal waltz. Cue seamless transition to dancing with Kerri-Anne segment.

At first he’s tentative, looking to Kerri-Anne for approval.  

He relaxes slightly when partnering Kerri-Anne in the rhumba, also known as the “Dance of Seduction”. Mr Rudd displays a pleasing bounce and manly upper-body strength though he is a little stiff in the hips. Watch the video of Kev’s moves here.

In the interests of balance, we expect Kevin Rudd to knock on the door of Channel Ten’s Thank God You’re Here program shortly.

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