December 2010 saw the arrival of Queen Oprah and 302 lucky audience members onto Australian shores and boy didn’t Oprah fever take over our country for that week?Â We saw her Climb the Harbour Bridge, party in our Botantical Gardens and go Sailing with Russell Crowe just to name a few things she did and I can’t wait to see more. And did you notice that the whole time she was here, it didn’t rain anywhere except it was raining before she arrived and a thunderstorm arrived a couple of hours after she left Sydney.
The first show in a four part series of “Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure” has been fast tracked from the US and starts tonight, Wednesday January 19th and finishes on Sunday January 23rd, 7.30pm on Channel 10.
I’m excited and am looking forward to seeing her shows, I was really lucky to meet Oprah on her visit to Australia at a private event that had no media in attendance (well except for her production crew) and it was an amazing experience and I decided to keep any details of it private, all I will say is she is everything and more in person and I feel blessed to have met her, and her production crew were awesome to work with.
Highlights for the next four nights include:
Wednesday 19 January (7.30pm on TEN): Oprah begins her Australian adventure with a bang as she lands on Hamilton Island and has a close encounter with a pair of frisky koalas. She enjoys the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and hosts a beautiful beach barbeque with celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Then, Oprah travels to Uluru where she experiences the spiritual heart of Australia and an unforgettable dinner under the stars with local Aboriginal people. Next up, she meets Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a crowd of 10,000 in Melbourne\’s FederationÂ Square. Plus, some of Oprah\’s ultimate American viewers hit the road for a jaw-dropping jaunt through Tasmania.
Thursday 20 January (7.30pm on TEN): Our incredible Australian adventure continues as Oprah gets a first hand look at the Australian lifestyle. See what happens when she goes knocking on doors, including an unexpected pop-in at one local viewer\’s weekly taco night dinner. And, hidden cameras capture the special delivery Oprah had in store for one of her ultimate Aussie viewers who was nine months pregnant! Then, nearly 500 feet above the Sydney Harbor, a brand new world record attempt as Oprah and her audience make their way to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb. Plus, our fleet sets sail for a once in a lifetime regatta with Oprah\’s first mate, Russell Crowe!
Friday 21 January (7.30pm on TEN): Oprah hosts the first of two shows from the world famous Sydney Opera House in Australia. First, tune in for a tribute to the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin with his wife, Terri, and children, Bindi and Robert. Then, find out what happens when ten-time GrammyÂ® winner Jay-Z helps deliver a million dollar surprise, Oprah welcomes OscarÂ® winner Russell Crowe, and watch a heartwarming surprise for a dad battling cancer. Ultimate wildest dreams are coming true! Plus, Bon Jovi rocks the stage.
Sunday 23 January (7.30pm on TEN): It\’s our Australian grand finale from the Sydney Opera House with U2\’s Bono and some of Australia\’s best loved stars! First, see actor Hugh Jackman\’s headline-making entrance and what happens when he introduces Oprah to the wonders of vegemite. Then, it\’s their first interview together â€“ Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban! Plus, thirty-two years after starring in “Grease,” icon Olivia Newton-John joins them as the biggest names from Down Under bring the house down!
So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride of Oprah’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure …
Courtesy of Channel 10 & Harpo Productions
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