Oprah Brings Her Audience To Australia – And How You Can Get Involved
John Travolta will fly 300 of Oprah Winfrey’s studio audience to Australia.
The chat show host gifted the prize – dubbed Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure – to all of her spectators on the opening episode of her final series yesterday, and the 56-year-old actor will pilot the plane to take them to Sydney.
To a shrieking crowd, Oprah announced: “We’re… going… to… Australia!”
The set was then turned into a mini-airport, where Travolta emerged from a Qantas jet to reveal his job in the present.
She added: “This is really my last chance to do something really big.
“And if you want to do something big, you want to take along your ultimate viewers. I started to think about where would I most want to go. Maybe I should take you with me to the other side of the world. “We’re going to Australia! We are going to Australia! You and you and you and you are going to Australia!”
This will be the first time “The Oprah Winfrey Show” including the entire audience, has travelled outside of North America.
Oprah announced in November 2009 she would be quitting the show after 25 years to launch her own TV network in 2011.
She said: “This show has been my life and I love it enough to know when it’s time to say goodbye.”
After months of top-secret negotiations, it’s been revealed Tourism Australia as well as the NSW Government will contribute about $3 million to the project, expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars of American tourist money. It’s already being hailed as the best tourism campaign since Paul Hogan’s 1970’s “throw a shrimp on the barbie” – and we agree!
Oprah and her audience will be in Australia for just over a week and will record two shows in Australia, including one at the Sydney Opera House – already dubbed The Oprah House – on 14 December. The other show will follow Oprah and her audience as they travel to some of the country’s most iconic locations.
How you can get involved
Later this month Oprah will announce a ticket lottery that will open for registrations in October. Australian audiences will be able to apply via www.ten.com.au for tickets to this amazing event. SheSaid will bring you the latest details as soon as we get them!
Are you excited about Oprah’s visit? Do you think it will boost tourism to Australia? Will you try and get tickets to the show?