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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:22 AM
Red Carpet Song and Dance
SHE was pretty in, well, white, but Sydney will be seeing more of Pink after the punked-up pop princess announcing a secret show at the Metro tomorrow night.
While she has been sunning herself at Byron Bay for the past week, the energetic American couldn't lay down for long, revealing she'll rock out at the special 75-minute set.
Dazzlers and duds: We rate the celebrity outfits
Arriving in style: All the red-carpet glamour
The So What singer hit a minor hurdle on her way into Australia, with nine pieces of her luggage going missing.
Still, she managed to be one of the most stylish stars last night - crowning her look with a cute, pearl headpiece.
Tickets for her Sydney gig are available from the venue's box office and website, with a limit of two per person.
Her album Funhouse will be released this Saturday.
NATALIE Bassingthwaighte had us at her feet last night - winning the award for the most blindingly blinged-up booties of the night.
The So You Think You Can Dance host sparkled in these dazzling diamante Alexander McQueen heels.
IT was a case of the blonde leading the bobbed for The Veronicas at last night's ARIA awards.
Cutting Confidential short on the red carpet - porn scandals and broken engagements have that effect on some people - wasn't the only statement by the pop twins, with Jess Origliasso going blonde and her sister Lisa sporting cropped locks.
While these diminutive divas have always been pocket rockets, their slimmed-down figures raised concern their headline-grabbing private lives may have hit their waistlines too.
(And enough with the kissing pose, already gals. We're out of love. . .)
ROCKING a new look was Australian Idol reigning princess Natalie Gauci. Emerging from industry oblivion to attend, there was no missing the Gauch, in a curious combo of hot pants and a scarf masquerading as a top.
We're not sure about the headgear either, but this outfit will almost certainly see her wearing the dunce hat in the cool school class photo.
Flashing that much flesh went the way of Britney Spears' sanity.
Gauci told Confidential she bought the ensemble for ?6 at a London op shop, during a recent writing tour.
God help that recording if this was part of the creative train of thought.
WHO leaves Megan Gale flying solo at a soiree? Well, her boyfriend Andy Lee did, after arriving too late to escort his David Jones darling down the ruby rug.
The funnyman and his radio show sidekick Hamish Blake made a dashing appearance on the red line, apologising as they skipped a press grilling to rush inside for their presenting duties.
Of course, Gale wasn't short on volunteers to see her safely inside, attracting plenty of attention in this thigh-scraping mini-dress.
PUTTING the hard word on Brian McFadden tested the Irish crooner's toughness last night.
When asked if he'd be happy to pick up a gong on behalf of his absent fiance Delta Goodrem, the former Westlife singer buckled, telling us the pointy prize was "too heavy." Still sporting a sporting injury to his left hand, he's at least had good reason to wimp out.
SCORING the Julia Roberts trophy for award night grooming was Kate Miller-Heidke who embraced colour - but not an anti-perspirant.
Commended for her brazen fashion choice, the kooky babe from Bris Vegas revealed she was "a lot darker" under her armpits, sweating out the night of nights.
IT wasn't going to impress the folk at Quit for Life - or the nation's health authorities - but Evermore's smokin' appearance at the ARIAs was rock 'n' roll.
Dragging on fags as they made their way up the Acer Arena mad mile, the band calmed nerves by clutching cancer sticks for the duration of their red carpet duties.
SOME things last in the rock world - just ask a loved-up Anthony Callea and his partner Tim Campbell. They paired up on the red line and said their relationship was "going great" a year after they began dating. Callea was relishing the night off Wicked, the Wizard of Oz stage show he performs in Melbourne.
IT was a bumpy ride for country crooner Sara Stoner, who confirmed she's expecting her first bub in April.
STILL on celebrity parents, Human Nature's Phil Burton revealed he wasn't won over by his baby daughter's name Willow - that was before the cutie made her way into the world. Wife Justine chose the name, but Burton said he was "sold" when the tot arrived. She was in good company, born in the same maternity suite in the same week as Indigo Packer, the first child of James and Erica Packer.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:26 AM
Six Years Of Idol Content Is Yours For The Taking!
Idol have just made a change this week so you are now able to embed Video's from Anthony's Idol performances and others directly from the Idol website to your Myspace or own website or blog.
They have included his performance of Undiscovered and also when he performed Per Sempre on Up Close and Personal in 2005.
All you do is search his Surname (CALLEA) in the search field and they all come up and then you can select Embed if you want to or just let them all play through.
Now you can embed video on your personal sites and blogs
For the first time ever, you can now add any footage you like from the last six years of Idol onto your own personal sites and blogs. Were talking auditions, interviews, profiles and of course, those amazing performances' everything is yours to use on your own personal sites and blogs at the click of a button!
All you have to do is click the video embed button on the video player here on the site and you can add your favourite australianidol.com.au footage to your own sites! Its so supereasy!
1. Go to the video player >
2. Click the video embed button.
3. Copy the code.
4. Paste it into your personal site.
Get to it, and enjoy six years of fantastic Idol memories!
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:29 AM
Richard E Grant says Idol is "brutal."
AS elocutionist Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Richard E Grant knows the power of choice words. So when asked to mentor the remaining contestants on Australian Idol yesterday, Grant's choice of words on the program have proved quite telling.
Describing the talent quest as ``brutal'' and a fast-food approach to fame, the esteemed English actor slammed the series for making then breaking dreams.
In yet another PR blow for the show, Grant predicted a poor future for the finalists he was asked to teach the secrets of movement and projection.
I think the hardest thing is that the finalists get all this exposure but then usually go back to working at KFC or something,'' Grant told Confidential on set at the Theatre Royal yesterday.
"It's brutal. I know that on similar shows in England we had these people became such household names but a year later noone remembers who they are.
"They get this instant fame and it can go away just as instantly as it comes,'' he said.
While maintaining an "I can do it'' attitude was important, Grant and his Fair Lady co-star Taryn Fiebig agreed they worried for the Idol wannabes ``at the other end.''
"It's not that they are not talented, it's just the way things seem to go,'' Fiebig said of the critical process.
She also made reference to the runner-up syndrome, which cast the winners on a road to nowhere, but helped the second place-getters like Shannon Noll and Anthony Callea.
The harsh glare of the Idol spotlight has proved a help and hinder to its graduates this year.
This week's evictee Thanh Bui has revealed how ``really really difficult'' the series was on his esteem.
"There was a lot of comments - it was either touchdown or nothing much. There was no in-between for me and it was hard.''
Despite consistently strong ratings for the Channel 10 show this year, it has come under fire from many in the music industry for its ``diminishing return''.
Last year's winner Natalie Gauci was expected to release her prize - a solo album - this year,but those plans have been put off by record company, Sony.
The previous year's Idol, Damien Leith also released a covers album this year, with his album of original tracks not charting as well as expected.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:32 AM
Why Mark Holden Sold 'touchdown' for Charity
Article from: Nui Te Koha
FORMER Australian Idol judge Mark Holden has revealed why he put a $10,000 price on his famous salute, "Touchdown!"
"I have given my blessing to use the phrase," Holden said. "But I want to make something positive out of it.
Holden has asked Idol judges Marcia Hines, Kyle Sandilands and Ian Dickson to donate $10,000 to charity when they use the expression.
He hatched the idea after friend and former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, used the expression on the US show America's Got Talent.
Hasselfhoff paid $10,000 to a charity.
And after Hines gave a "touchdown" last week, Holden asked her to donate to Kids Lifeline, in honour of late Idol Levi Kereama.
Sandilands gave a "touchdown" before the charity rule. "But Kyle asked for my blessing," Holden said.
Holden believes the price tag ensures the term won't be overused. "It helps them define when they choose to use it," he said.
Holden and Hasselhoff are longtime music collaborators.
Holden introduced the "touchdown" expression - a term used in US football, or gridiron, as the ultimate accolade, for the contestant who dashed across the line.
"I was going to use the term 'Try' from rugby league," Holden said. "But it didn't work."
Holden awarded several "touchdowns" during his term on Idol. To Anthony Callea's version of The Prayer, he awarded a "Grand Royal Touchdown!" - a historic moment in television.
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:34 AM
Travel and Culture of Melbourne
Melbourne is an Australian city known for its diverse, multi-layered culture and society. It hosts many traditional and commercial cultural institutions such as theatre, popular music and film, sport and fashion, amongst others, as well as hosting diverse alternative cultural institutions, particularly; street art, independent music, art and film.
Melbourne is considered the ?cultural and sporting capital? of Australia and is accepted by many within the country as having a more diverse culture, due in part to the multicultural background of its population, thus is somewhat removed or disconnected from popular Australian culture. The city celebrates a wide variety of annual cultural events, including Moomba, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Midsumma festival.
It has thrice shared top position in a survey by The Economist of the World?s Most Livable Cities on the basis of its cultural attributes, climate, cost of living, and social conditions such as crime rates and health care, in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Federation Square, with its distinctive architecture, large digital screen and public space, has become one of the city?s main hubs, attracting congregations, rallies and public viewing of sporting events.
It is also home to the city?s tourist centre. A traditional meeting spot in Melbourne is ?under the clocks? at Flinders Street Station, opposite Federation Square. Many of the city?s parades, marches and rallies are conducted in the main thoroughfares of Swanston Street and Bourke Street.
Melbourne is strong in the performing arts. It is home to the Australian Ballet. The National Theatre in St Kilda is the oldest ballet school in Australia. Ballet regularly features at the Victorian Arts Centre and the National Theatre. Melbourne is the second home of Opera Australia after it merged with ?Victoria State Opera? in 1996. The Victorian Opera had its inaugural season in 2006 and operates out of various venues in Melbourne.
The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic was formed in 1853, making it Australia?s oldest continuously existing musical organisation and the only orchestra in Australia to be bestowed ?royal? status. The Victoria Orchestra, based in Melbourne was Australia?s first professional orchestra and performed during 1888?91. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, first assembled in 1906, is now the city?s premier orchestra and tours internationally.
Melbourne has more theatres than any other city in Australia. Live venues include David Marriner?s Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre, Forum Theatre, and the Comedy Theatre; the Athenaeum, Her Majesty?s Theatre, State Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Palais Theatre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Several professional theatre companies operate in Melbourne, of which the Melbourne Theatre Company, the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, has the most institutional support of any in Australia.
There is also a range of smaller professional theatre companies in Melbourne, including the Malthouse, La Mama in Carlton, the Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Theatreworks in St Kilda and an array of amateur companies that produce a professional standard of musical and straight theatre, such as, The Malvern Theatre Company, CLOC, Catchment Players of Darebin, Altona City Theatre, Windmill Theatre Company and Dandenong Theatre Company.
Melbourne has a large number of buskers (also known as street performers) that perform in the CBD and surroundings. Melbourne?s musical buskers cater to a wide variety of tastes, from rock to world music and indigenous Australian traditions. However, not all buskers are musicians. There are also living statues, street artists and jugglers.
Melbourne is known throughout Australia and the world as a centre of comedy. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest stand-up comedy festivals in the world. The city is also home to many of Australia?s top rating comedy television shows and several of the country?s leading comedians either come from the city or call it home.
Melbourne will also be the host of the 2008 World Latin American Dance Championships. The competition will be housed in the Vodafone Arena and will be held immediately after the Australian Dancesport Championships. The Australian Dancesport championships will commence on the 10th of December and the World Latin Championships will be held on the 14th of December.
The Heidelberg school in Melbourne, largely the work of Melbourne-based artists was the first significant art movement in Australia, beginning in the late 1880s. Many of its most significant works are held in the National Gallery of Victoria, one of Australia?s premier collections of visual art. The strong art community culminated in significant artist colonies such as Heidelberg and Montsalvat.
Melbourne is home to a large array of public artworks, statues and sculptures. Sculptors such as Deborah Halpern have played a large part in enhancing many of the city?s public spaces with their iconic and larger-than-life works. In more modern times, the city has become well known for stencil graffiti, public art that appears in the city?s numerous laneways.
The city is home to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, an organisation dedicated to the moving image in all its forms, from film to animation to video games and television. The city has major film festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival and Melbourne International Animation Festival, featuring several of the city?s major cinemas. The Central City Studios in Melbourne Docklands, constructed in 2005, has seen the production of several big budget films.
Melbourne is also known for fashion. The city, once a leader in the textile industry, retains a small manufacturing base, but has diversified into the more creative areas of the fashion industry. The Melbourne Fashion Festival is an annual event held in the city. The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Logies and Brownlow Medal dinner are among the biggest annual red carpet events in the country.
Melbourne has some of the best street art in the world (see Melbourne street art). With many international visitors coming to see and participate in the street art culture. Many suburbs of Melbourne now protect large areas of what was previously thought of as vandalism. International artists such as Banksy place work in Melbourne.
Melbourne has a wide variety of architectural design. Australia?s oldest architectural firm, and one of the world?s oldest, Bates Smart, is from Melbourne. The city is home to the first building in Australia to be listed on the World Heritage Register, the Royal Exhibition Building.
Melbourne has also been home to some of Australia?s most prolific architects including Joseph Reed, William Wardell, John James Clark, Charles D?Ebro, Charles Webb, William Pitt, Nahum Barnet, Harry Norris, Sir Roy Grounds and Robin Boyd. In recent years, Melbourne has produced some of Australia?s best current architectural firms, including international firms Denton Corker Marshall, Fender Katsalidis, Daryl Jackson and Peddle Thorp as well as local award winning trendsetters Edmund & Corrigan, Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Wood Marsh.
Melbourne?s lively rock and pop music scene has fostered many internationally renowned artists and musicians. The 1960s gave rise to many performers including Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham, Graeme Bell, and folk group The Seekers. The 1970s and 1980s saw many acts getting their first big breaks on Melbourne?s Countdown, including Nick Cave the Little River Band and Crowded House who later wrote a song about the city of Melbourne called Four Seasons In One Day. Successful Melbourne artists include Hunters & Collectors, Nick Cave, Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Weddings Parties Anything, TISM, Dead Can Dance, Snog, Jet and Something for Kate. Melbourne is also the home of rock ?guru? Ian ?Molly? Meldrum.
More recent notable Melbourne acts include Jet, Rogue Traders, Taxiride, Missy Higgins, Madison Avenue, Anthony Callea and The Living End. Melbourne television shows Young Talent Time and Neighbours gave many singers a launching pad to international success. Local talents to come from these shows include Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, Tina Arena, Jamie Redfern and Jason Donovan.
Apart from the culture of attending sports events, Melburnians participate in a wide range of recreational and leisure activities. Australian rules football, cricket and netball are the most popular participation team sports in Melbourne.
Cycling in Melbourne is a popular pastime, as one can tell from the bevy of cyclists and paths that lie all throughout the city, as well as a spectator sport. Melbourne?s flat terrain and extensive off-road paths in green wedges are conducive to riding. Beach Road combines with the Nepean Highway to form a 90-kilometre stretch from Port Melbourne to Sorrento, incorporating the Bayside Trail. It is the city?s most popular training route and attracts cyclists from around the world. Thousands of commuters cycle the roads, bike lanes and bike paths daily. Bicycle Victoria?s annual events, Around the Bay in a Day and Ride to Work Day, attract tens of thousands of Melburnians. Other events such as the Herald Sun Tour begin and end in the Melbourne area and there are many local cycling events of varying grades all year round.
Triathlon dominates the Beach Road area during summer, when hundreds of amateurs and professionals dive into Port Phillip Bay on Sundays. Watersports are a big recreational activity in Melbourne. Rowing on the Yarra River is also popular with universities and schools, and there are many boat-sheds along the river. the Yarra is home to the Head of the River, first raced in 1868 and Australia?s oldest. The Oarsome Foursome are also from Melbourne. On Port Phillip Bay, boating is popular , as is jetskiing, kitesurfing and windsurfing on St Kilda Beach.
Melbourne is noted for its parks and gardens, with a ring of parks providing a green lung for the city centre. Perhaps the most notable is the Royal Botanic Gardens. Other notable gardens have been established on outskirts of Melbourne. In particular the Dandenong Ranges has the National Rhododendron Gardens, and several other public gardens. Residential gardening is a popular pastime in Melbourne, and Australia?s Open Garden Scheme started in the city.
Melbourne?s restaurants are numerous and present a diverse range of cuisines. The city has a reputation as a culinary capital, celebrated by the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. As well as the famous ?Little Italy? of Lygon Street in Carlton, other favourite inner city dining locations for Melburnians include Fitzroy Street St Kilda, Brunswick Street Fitzroy, Victoria St Collingwood, the CBD, and the Docklands and Southbank precincts. In 2006, Jamie Oliver selected Melbourne as the location for ?Fifteen Melbourne?, the Australian restaurant for his reality television show Jamie?s Kitchen Australia.
Dance music is a thriving part of the Melbourne scene. The largest nightclubs are the Melbourne Metro Nightclub (2500 capacity) and QBH (2100 capacity). Melbourne is the birthplace of the Melbourne Shuffle, a style of dance that has been exported to South East Asia and continues to evolve to date.
Shopping or ?retail therapy? has been a big part of Melbourne?s way of life since the late 19th century, when ?doing the Block? was a sign of prestige. Today, the city is home to some of Australia?s best shopping strips, such as the famous Chapel Street which stretches many blocks through South Yarra and Prahran, while heritage arcades such as the Block and the Royal Arcade and the CBD?s myriad lanes.
The large Chadstone Shopping Centre markets itself as the ?Fashion Capital?. Strip shopping localities include Toorak Village, known for its exclusiveness, and Bridge Road in Richmond, known for its extensive factory outlets. Also there are major shopping centres throughout metropolitan Melbourne such as Westfield Airport West, Westfield Southland, Westfield Doncaster, and Knox City Shopping Centre. Melbourne is also home to the Queen Victoria Market. This market contains both indoor and outdoor sections.
Melbourne has been the setting for many novels, television dramas, and films. Fergus Hume?s international best-seller Mystery of a Hansom Cab was set in Gold Rush era Melbourne. Frank Hardy?s Power Without Glory tells the story of Melbourne businessman John West (based on the real-life John Wren) and is set in a thinly-disguised Collingwood, then a working-class suburb of Melbourne. Perhaps the best-known novel internationally is Nevil Shute?s novel On the Beach. In 1959, it was made into a film directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Anthony Perkins. The film depicted the denizens of Melbourne quietly slipping off into eternity as the last victims of a global nuclear holocaust. Filmed on location in and around Melbourne, it is perhaps best remembered for a comment Ava Gardner never made, describing Melbourne as ?the perfect place to make a film about the end of the world?. The purported quote was invented by journalist Neil Jillett. Similar filming was undertaken when a 2000 television movie remake was produced.
The world?s first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, was filmed in Melbourne in 1906. Some of the more famous Australian films include Mad Max and The Castle. Melbourne has also produced many talented film and television actors including Cate Blanchett, Guy Pearce, Eric Bana and is home to Geoffrey Rush.
Australian audiences saw Melbourne portrayed in the 1960s?70s Crawford Productions police television drama series Homicide and Division 4. Perhaps better known to a contemporary audience is the soap opera Neighbours, which presents a microcosm of suburban Australian life. Other contemporary television shows set in Melbourne include Stingers (an undercover police drama staring Peter Phelps), The Secret Life of Us, Kath and Kim, Prisoner (known as Prisoner: Cell Block H for US and UK broadcasts), Halifax FP, and MDA.
Singer Paul Kelly has written several well-known songs about aspects of the city close to the heart of many Melburnians, notably ?Leaps And Bounds? and ?From St Kilda To King?s Cross?, while Skyhooks also wrote some more tongue-in-cheek songs about Melbourne. ?Balwyn Calling?, ?Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)? and ?Toorak Cowboy? are examples. Melbourne-originated indie-rock band The Living End wrote the song ?West End Riot? about differences between eastern and western suburbs in Melbourne?s inner city. Melbourne has produced many popular international vocalists and singers, including 1900s soprano Dame Nellie Melba, who took her name from her native city, who in turn had a suburb in Australia?s capital city Canberra named after it (see Melba, Australian Capital Territory).
Melbourne-born satirist Barry Humphries created his main character Dame Edna Everage as a comic version of a suburban homemaker. Through her, Humphries has written and performed cutting odes to Melbourne mores and the middle class suburbs of Moonee Ponds and Highett, among others. Carols by Candlelight, first held in 1938, is a Christmas Eve tradition that originated in Melbourne, held annually at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:39 AM
Long and short Act
The caption to the photo reads:
Possibly the tallest and the shortest men in the Birdcage shared a joke over their heights in the Lavazza marquee.
Hawthorn footballer Buddy Franklin posed with Idol singer Anthony Callea, with the pair hamming it up for the cameras, and causing plenty of giggles among onlookers.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:50 AM
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Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell Spotted in ...
Woman's Day and Who magazine Photo Selection
October Issues, 2008
TV Week C10 -Arias after party plus little interview
The New Weekly -Sony after Party
OK Magazine - on the Arias Red Carpet
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:56 AM
Anthony's Biography Page
On The Take 40 Website
At only 25 years of age, Aria Award winning Singer Anthony Callea, has definitely cemented his name in Australia as one of this countries favourite and most recognised singers and performers. With his debut single `The Prayer' being Australia's fastest and highest selling single of all time with sales in excess of 4 x platinum and being at the top of the charts for an amazing 5 weeks, he has proven to be one of this countries most successful recording artists.
Anthony followed his debut single with another multi-platinum number 1 single `Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water' and a self titled multi-platinum number 1 album. Anthony again scored himself another two top 10 hits off his debut album with `Hurts so Bad' and `Per Sempre'. He embarked on an international song writing trip for his latest top 10 album `A New Chapter' that features two top 20 singles with `Live for Love' and `Addicted To You'. Anthony also released a Live Concert DVD which debuted at No 3 on the Aria DVD Charts and went Platinum and later screened as a television music special on Foxtel.
He also recorded the song `Healing of the Heart" for the soundtrack of Walt Disney's Bambi 2 along with international artists Martina McBride and Alison Krauss.
Anthony has embarked on two of his own successful national concert tours to sell-out crowds and appeared as special guest for touring international superstars including Ms Diana Ross, Westlife and more recently Celine Dion. Anthony has also performed for a host of international dignitaries including the late Luciano Pavarotti, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark.
Anthony has appeared on many special television events such as the Logies, Australia Day Concert, The Arias, Good Friday Appeals and the Perth Telethon to name a few. His true `entertaining' skills have recently been witnessed by millions of viewers on Ch Seven's It Takes Two getting to the finals in Series 2 with FOX FM'S Jo Stanley and in Series 3 with Iron Woman Candice Falzon.
September 2007 saw Anthony tread the boards in his first musical production at the State Theatre in Sydney. He played a supporting role in Dead Man Walking, the true story of Sister Helen Prejean. This acclaimed opera production was directed by Nigel Jamieson (Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony). In November 2007 Anthony played the role of Mark in Perth's musical production of `Rent' alongside Tim Campbell and Nikki Webster.
Anthony has accumulated a string of awards including an Aria Award along with 3 other Aria nominations, Channel V Artist of the Year, Pop Republic Artist of the Year, an MTV Viewers' Choice Award, Variety's Young Entertainer of the Year, MO Award, Dolly Teen Choice Award and a Gospel Music Award.
Anthony is currently working on his 3rd album through SonyBMG which is due for release later in 2008.
Anthony is very excited to be part of Wicked and can't wait to share this magical musical experience with you all.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:58 AM
Playful Kate Gets Opera House Gig
SUN-HERALD -The Sydney Sunday
Kate Ceberano is preparing for a change of pace, a Gig with the Sydney Symphony.
Ceberano 41 will perform hits from her 17th album So Much Beauty, plus well known tracks from her career in spectacular setting of the Opera House in December, where she will be supported by trumpeter crooner Carl Risley.
When Ceberano last collaborated with the orchestra in May she said: ?I?m always very grateful to be invited to do anything with the Symphony Orchestra of Australia. They are the pinnacle of culture and when you?re performing popular songs you really feel like you?re getting away with something you wouldn?t normally get away with, its cheeky and fun.?
On that occasion, titled Songs from The Movies, Ceberano was joined by Anthony Callea, Todd McKenney and Trisha Crowe to perform songs from Titanic, Singin in The Rain, Toy Story, E.T., The Mission and Strictly Ballroom among others.
It?s a busy time for the full-figured songstress who, following successful stints on DWTS, The X Factor and It Takes Two, was recently announced the face of international underwear label Playtex.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:01 AM
Bad and Good news
FANS of Wicked who bought tickets especially to see Anthony Callea will be disappointed to discover he has sought a munchkin leave of absence this week to fulfil a prior commitment overseas.
Callea will perform at a Cape Town conference and will be replaced at the Regent by two understudies (some cast members in the $18 million extravaganza have four bods waiting in the wings). Fans who bought tickets without particularly wanting to see Callea may find his absence enhances the performance.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:05 AM
Stars In Their Eyes
NOT everyone becomes a household name, except perhaps in their own house. But for the semi-finalists in this year's Star Search, there is hope: Anthony Callea and Vanessa Amorosi have been here before them.
Will Australia's next musical darling emerge from Maribyrnong?
It is the 20th anniversary of Highpoint shopping centre's annual talent quest. The hopefuls who have made it this far are arriving from across Melbourne to try to persuade the judges that they should be among the 12 whose talent elevates them to the final on September 20.
Just to get to this stage is an accomplishment. Would you disdain a bronze medal at the Olympics? No, because that makes you third-best in the world.
It is Saturday at Highpoint. Half-an-hour before the first of three semi-finals, proud families and curious onlookers (who didn't expect their shopping trip to include more than two hours of what turns out to be high-standard entertainment) are claiming the audience chairs.
Today's talent was culled from about 150 people who auditioned. They were reduced to 66 for July's heats and today 30 must be cut to 12. One more chance to impress or be passed over for September glory.
It is plain backstage, no glamorous delusions � just five big mirrors, a sink, a couple of couches, and a clock so you can see how long the butterflies will be flying around your stomach.
Today it is stuck on 10.59. It may need new batteries, but the contestants don't. They fidget. Curiously, the young ones look unfazed as their hair is brushed into stylish submission by parents.
"Do you need to go to the toilet?"
"Do you want a drink of water?"
We are still musing that the latter may induce the former when an organiser arrives with dramatic news.
Harrison Craig, 13, is a late scratching. The raps on the young feller are impressive � huge voice, crooner style. What's the problem?
"His voice just broke." Oh.
Now the stage is ready. The performers are divided into three age groups � 3-10, 11-16, and 17-plus. The three semi-finals include performers in each category and the contrast in self-assurance is marked.
Of course, these are not ideal performing conditions. There is the hubbub of passing pedestrian traffic and a spruiker at a nearby fashion store is trying to inveigle passers-by inside.
The adjacent entertainment store is showing the classic British comedy On the Buses, on a large TV screen in its window.
Just watching Reg Varney for a few moments, you come to understand that "talent" takes many forms and is invariably what some people like and others detest.
Today's judges are Lisa Marie Charalambous, who has many theatre and screen credits on her CV, and Thanh Bui, the 25-year-old director of the International Artist Academy, whose achievements in songwriting and as a vocal coach seem beyond his years.
They are looking for artists who have taken the next step, they tell the crowd. They want their performances in the heats to improve. Antoinette Iesue has chosen Mariah Carey's Vision of Love. With its octave-leaping melody, it seems surprisingly ambitious, but Iesue is not here to play safe.
From her svelte body emerges a supersonic instrument. (Older readers will remember how the world marvelled that the diminutive Judith Durham could open her mouth and blow the toupee off the man in the fifth row.)
Bianca Fioritti, 17, is here from Rockbank. She offers a wide-eyed and sincere rendition of You Were Meant For Me. Is hers the face of a future star?
This is the thing: it often comes down to something beyond looks, costume and song selection.
Raw talent alone does not guarantee a future of bright lights and recording contracts.
Does Fioritti have something indefinable that holds your gaze? Do the judges sense alluring qualities behind the voice?
The parade continues. Jeremy Boctor, 24, is here from Vermont South. He delivers a smooth, soulful version of Right Here Waiting For You.
But the 2006 runner-up has serious competition again from that year's winner, Joseph Naim.
Arguably, Naim has chosen the wrong song to highlight his beautifully modulated voice. His is a rich timbre, but Remember When It Rained induces an overwrought performance. And it has an instrumental interlude that leaves him standing around with nothing to do except clench the microphone.
Each of the performers will receive a letter from Highpoint early this week. For many, it will be reminiscent of waiting by the letterbox for exam results, in the days before the internet.
Not so worried backstage is Mount Evelyn's Robert Hooper, from the Choir of Hard Knocks.
At 52, he's the oldest contestant and was here many years earlier. A heart attack last August knocked the stuffing out of him and "wrecked my voice", he says. He has a lovely Aussie patter, apologising that he could only afford to get half his hair cut and explaining that his prop � a flag � would be "so people don't have to look at my face".
"This is one last shot," he says. "I just want to see if the voice is still in there."
Hooper's rendition of Anthem, from the musical Chess, is a model of passion and control � a climactic wonder.
Bob, the voice is still in there, but it's demanding to be set free.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:07 AM
In My Own Words Marcia Hines
Sunday Herald Sun Magazine
|"Sometimes they're are tears of joy, when I see it click.|
I can hear the instrument the person is and that moves me to tears. I remember Anthony Callea singing 'The Prayer' in rehearsal. It was a spiritual moment for all of us."
Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:11 AM
Australian Idol Promotional Plaque
As an Australian Idol promotional tool, it was aimed squarely at the Confidential pool room. But a framed plaque (pictured) sent to most media yesterday featuring six Idol singers, raised one question on high rotation: where's last years winner Natalie Gauci?
The Maltese mavern seems to have slipped seriously off the musical radar since beating Shire boy Matt Corby last November - while previous winners and losers have been paraded as the shows real stars.
While there's no doubt that Shannon Noll, Anthony Callea and Ricki Lee et al have gone gang-busters on the Aria charts, mystery surrounds just where The Gauch has gone? Anyone?
Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:18 AM
Anthony Performs at the Launch of the Melbourne to Abu Dhabi Airways Route
Anthony Callea attends the cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of the new Melbourne to Abu Dhabi route by Etihad Airways, at the Park Hyatt Hotel on July 28, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:21 AM
THIS IS YOUR LIFE PRESENTS ... BERT'S 70TH BIRTHDAY
Posted in: Nine Network
By Nine Network
Hosted by Mike Munro
Special event Wednesday, July 23 at 7.30pm
In a one-off television event, celebrities from around the world will unite to celebrate the surprise 70th birthday of Bert Newton, one of the biggest names in Australian entertainment.
In a special birthday edition of This Is Your Life, superstars of stage and screen will turn up to throw Bert a surprise party he'll never forget in a special event screening at 7.30pm on Channel Nine the day 'Moonface' turns 70 - Wednesday, July 23.
Since the 1950s, Bert Newton has been laying us in the aisles with his wicked wit and larrikin attitude. Comic, singer, dancer, actor and television host, there isn't much this Australian legend hasn't done.
The star-studded birthday party will feature Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Clive James, Michael Buble, Joan Rivers, k.d. lang, Julian Clary, Eddie McGuire, Julia Morris, Sam Newman, Anthony Callea, Jules Lund, Ugly Dave Gray, Lisa McCune and Rove McManus, along with many others. It promises buckets of tears and laughter, with tributes from a score of Bert's closest friends.
Bert's 70th Birthday kicks off with one of the most elaborate surprises ever undertaken in the history of This Is Your Life.
With wife Patti by his side, along with son Matthew and daughter Lauren with her husband Matt Welsh and baby son Sam Albert, Bert's family share some specia, and hilarious, memories of growing up with 'Moonface'. By the end of the night, it's not only Bert who has been surprised.
This Is Your Life Presents:
Bert's 70th Birthday: Wednesday, July 23 at 7.30pm
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