2010 Newspaper Articles
Posted 10 June 2010 - 09:02 AM
Rocking In The New Year
NEW Year's at Crown gave revellers a chance to step back in time before dancing into the future.
SINGER ANTHONY CALLEA was in a festive mood at the Crown bash, bopping on the dancefloor as his partner, TIM CAMPBELL, performed with NATALIE BASSINGTHWAIGHTE.
Wearing two prom queen sashes, a pink one reading Prettiest Hair and a purple one reading Drama Queen, Callea managed to bust some moves without spilling a drop of his glass of cheeky chardonnay.
Later, he saw in the new year on the dancefloor wearing a pair of 2010 glitter specs, with three silver party hats artfully placed on his head.
Posted 20 June 2010 - 04:07 PM
Owl City Ocean Eyes Album Review
Andrew Murfett entertainment editor for The Age EG, reviewed the album which has a nice mention about Anthony regarding the big sales last week.
The one week sales aren't close to Anthony's which was in its first full week of sales 147,000 units the fastest selling single in Oz history in one week, but still an amazing amount of I believe just under 40,000 downloads in one week.
For singles over recent times if you look at the Chart thread a week of sales for a No.1 single could be anywhere between 13,000 but rarely cracking the 20,000 mark.
quote from AAA
|Music News: Owl City strikes number one! |
Owl City stormed to the top of the ARIA singles chart after seven weeks since it's release with the debut single "Fireflies", which strikes great news for the solo artist before he heads to Australia to support Cobra Starship in March.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:29 AM
Idol's Fame on Screen
The Daily Telegraph
FORMER Australian Idol crooner Anthony Callea will return to the small screen, confirming to this columnist that he has joined the cast of Foxtel's Ultimate School Musical: Fame.
Callea, who was runner-up to Casey Donovan on Idol in 2004, is filming the series alongside Ruby Rose and others in Melbourne.
USM: Fame features school children attempting to put on a professional musical in just six weeks. Callea is the series' voice coach.
"It's a really positive show in giving these kids an amazing opportunity, one they wouldn't otherwise have," Callea said.
"It's a bit of responsibility for me, being the vocal coach, and I enjoy that."
Callea will soon tour with Whitney Houston and will release a new album mid-year. He said he was saddened by the alleged axing of Idol.
"It was just such a great platform. A & R guys aren't out scouring for new talent in pubs and clubs these days, so it was just a massive leg-up.
"It also means I have to find a new show, as Idol used to mean friends over and a bottle of wine open at mine every Sunday."
Fame is expected to launch in April on Fox8.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:31 AM
Whitney Houston Sets Australian Tour Dates!
LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ Whitney Houston Official Website) - Whitney Houston will embark on her first Australian tour since 1988's 'Moment of Truth' tour, this coming March 2010.
Whitney's Australian concert performances will see her performing all of her greatest hits, along with new songs from her recent Top 10 album, I Look To You, showcasing why she remains a singular force in music today and one the worlds most beloved pop icons.
Supporting Whitney in her Australian Arena shows is one of Australia's most recognized singers and performers, Anthony Callea.
22 February 2010 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
24 February 2010 Acer Arena, Sydney
27 February 2010 Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley (with Special Guest, Guy Sebastian) *
1 March 2010 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
4 March 2010 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
6 March 2010 ME Bank Stadium, Perth
7 March 2010 ME Bank Stadium, Perth
Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:33 AM
By Ben Carenco
What do you think of when you think of Australia Day? Fireworks? Perhaps. The Big Day Out? Maybe. BBQ? Most definitely. How about the tennis? Why, of course!
A record crowd for the second Tuesday of the tournament flocked to Melbourne Park today to celebrate Australia Day 2010 ? Australian Open style.
Some 24,030 people chose the tennis as their Australia Day destination, and why not? With some great entertainment on offer like Australian rock band Kisschasy, coupled with some superb tennis action and French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cooking the sausages, where else was there to go for the tennis enthusiast to go on Australia Day?
Displaying your national pride on your sleeve was the order of the day, and the most creative fans donned blue, red and white face paint, while others had green and gold garments going. Australian flag capes were flapping in every direction, there were Kanye West-style Aussie sunglasses, painted flags on legs, flag tattoos galore and more Australia Day bucket hats than hot pies consumed at this year?s tournament.
Perhaps the most poignant thing to see was those who chose to display their own heritage assorted with distinctly Australian attire. Whether it was the Scottish lads with wee kilts and Australian bandannas, or the Aussie singlet-wearing mates with typically New Zealand-flavoured tattoos, it was plain to see: we are proud to be from Australia, the nation of diversity.
Australians love their celebrities, and some lucky punters caught a glimpse of some Australian A-list royalty. Former Australian Idol finalist and ARIA award-winning artist Anthony Callea, comedian and 7pm Project host Charlie Pickering, former Essendon captain Matthew Lloyd and V8 Supercar legend Mark Skaife were all seen lapping up the action on Rod Laver Arena in the day session.
As night fell on centre court, the Australia Day tennis party was just hotting up. The Australian Girls? Choir sang a beautiful rendition of Waltzing Matilda, with tennis fans treated to a choreographed display with the girls walking into Rod Laver Arena to form the shape of Australia.
The greatest-ever Australian doubles pairing of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge were then inducted in to the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame, and Advance Australia Fair was sung while ?The Woodies? posed in front of their bonze busts, faces swelling with pride.
The packed crowd applauded as Woodforde choked up with emotion: ?You can?t imagine how amazing this feels,? he said.
?To be bronzed and placed in Garden Square along with other great Australian tennis champions is such a thrill.?
Other celebrities, such as Daniel MacPherson and Nick Giannopoulos, were spotted enjoying the fabulous tennis action at the night session as No. 5 seed Andy Murray battled with defending champion Rafael Nadal for a spot in the semi-finals.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:44 AM
Willing Melbourne Fans Urge on Whitney Houston at her Show at Rod Laver Arena
By Cameron Adams
REPORTS of Whitney Houston's career-death have been greatly exaggerated.
Given some of the post-show comments - by journalists and the public - after Houston's Brisbane and Sydney shows you half expect her to collapse on stage or not sing a note.
Were you at Whitney Houston's Melbourne concert? Tell us what you thought of the show in the commentsd below
On the contrary - her sold out Rod Laver Arena show was - for the majority - pure superstar material. Houston is just a more human superstar in 2010, now with added flaws that give her character.
She hits all the right notes in I Look to You, the new song about what she calls ''down times.'' Indeed every time she hits a huge note her devoted audience break into applause.
I have rarely seen an audience so behind an artist, willing her on. Before that note in I Will Always Love You the audience give her a standing ovation, someone even yells ''You can do it'' - and she does, 90 minutes into the concert.
Those saying Houston should not be on tour are misguided - these are her people and they are thrilled to see her back on stage. And Houston knows she's in her element.
Perhaps all the haters (Houston referenced her bad Australian press) have spurred her on - there was no hint of trainwreck.
Sure she's eccentric - at times looking in her own world - but who wants normal stars? At one point Houston did her own make up on stage and occasionally giggled to herself. However there were no signs of excessive sweating, minimal holding onto towels and hardly any coughing.
Houston belted out hits like The Greatest Love of All, All at Once and Step by Step with that spine-tingling voice in full effect.
She chatted and engaged with the crowd, performed a Michael Jackson tribute and got well and truly in the vocal zone during her gospel segment.
The only niggles were the talk-singing of I Wanna Dance With Somebody and How Will I Know at the end of the show, with the audience singalong and her amazing backing vocalists saving the day.
But they're minor gripes - if she keeps up this quality Houston we do not have a problem. Houston returns to Melbourne to play at the Plenary on Saturday.
Special mention should go to support Anthony Callea's impressive performance.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:54 AM
FOX8 Stars Ready for Fame
By David Knox TV.com Staff Writer
The Ultimate School Musical team.
Ruby Rose, Anthony Callea and Eddie Perfect front new showbiz reality show.
Foxtel's next local production aims to have kids singing and dancing up a storm.
Ultimate School Musical: Fame takes the kids from Essendon Keilor College and gives them a crash course in singing, dancing and acting as they prepare to stage a production of the musical, 'Fame.'
Ruby Rose hosts the series for FOX8, and is joined by a solid group of experts who will lead the kids from Years 7 ? 12.
Former Australian Idol singer Anthony Callea is vocal coach for the series, while cabaret performer Eddie Perfect ('Shane Warne the Musical') directs the production. Accomplished dancer Kelly Aykers is choreographer. Aykers, whose CV includes productions including 'Chicago' and 'Sweet Charity', runs Ministry of Dance studio in Melbourne with Jason Coleman.
The series has close ties with the upcoming stage production of 'Fame', which includes other So You Think You Can Dance Australia stars including winner Talia Fowler and 'Timomatic' and is directed by choreographer Kelley Abbey. TV faces Andrew McFarlane (Underbelly, The Flying Doctors, The Sullivans) and Brian Wenzel (A Country Practice) also appear. Some are expected to appear in the FOX8 series giving advice to the students in rehearsals.
Rose says her own time at school was pretty turbulent and challenging so she relishes the chance to give something back and mentor the kids from Essendon Keilor High School.
"I am so excited to be a part of this amazing series which will allow me to work with high school students in a positive way and help create an opportunity for them to build their confidence and achieve the goals they never thought possible," she said.
The series is based on a UK format which is also in production or development in 12 countries, including Denmark, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands and Portugal as well as Spain, New Zealand, Norway and Finland.
After weeks of rehearsals, the series culminates in a public performance of 'Fame' at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.
With the success of American Idol for FOX8, Ultimate School Musical: Fame will no doubt be hoping to tap into the star in us all.
It begins at 7.30pm on Tuesday April 20.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:57 AM
Finding Fame in Ultimate School Musical
Sunshine Coast Daily
By Nathanael Cooper
Kelly Aykers, Ruby Rose, Eddie Perfect and Anthony Callea.
IMAGINE you are in high school, sitting in your weekly assembly.
Suddenly, It girl Ruby Rose walks through the door and announces your school has been chosen to present her ultimate high school musical: Fame.
She then introduces the director, the choreographer and the vocal coach.
The director is Eddie Perfect, the man behind masterpieces such as Shane Warne ? The Musical.
The choreographer is internationally renowned Kelly Aykers, one of the most popular choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
The vocal coach is none other than the man who shot to fame in Australian Idol with his rendition of The Prayer, which became the fastest selling Australian single in history.
Daunting much, when you realise you are going to have to perform in front of that group of people.
It gets even more scary when the final participants in the show are introduced, including John Frost, the producer of the Australian production of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Chicago and, of course, the new production of Fame, which is about to open in Melbourne.
Joining him is Australia's most popular choreographer and the choreographer- director of the professional production of Fame, Kelly Abbey.
That line-up would be enough to scuttle even the most seasoned performer, but the students at Essendon Keilor College stepped up to the challenge and wowed the team, which had to choose the cast for the production.
And despite not being a performing arts college, or even a college particularly known for embracing performing arts, Anthony Callea said an impressive cast had been found.
But for him, the challenge wasn't just sorting the wheat from the chaff: it was finding himself on the other side of the judging panel.
?It was ... totally mentally and emotionally draining for me,? he said.
?Each person who comes through, you want to give them your time and you want to give them some sort of feedback but it's hard ... you don't want to say no to these kids ... I just didn't know what to do.?
But with a job at hand, Anthony quickly drew on his Australian Idol experience and managed to help the kids out
?I thought it was pretty good that I was able to relate to these kids,? he said.
?It's not someone who is sitting on the other side of the desk who doesn't know anything about singing or performing.
?I have experienced it before. I know what it's like to get out there and sing. I know the butterflies and the games your head plays with you before an audition.?
And while the butterflies and the games make great television, the real joy is the reactions of the students who score their dream roles in the production.
For Anthony, the joy came from watching the journey of the students as they went from shy retiring types to true stars.
?If anything good came out of this show, it is the personal growth and the confidence of the kids,? he said.
With an intense rehearsal period where the team took the students from amateurs to hopefully being as professional as they could possibly be, the journey the students from Essendon Keilor College take is exciting, fun, emotional and passionate television.
And with a performance of the show to look forward to at the end, will it all turn out as planned?
?The end result surprised me,? Anthony said.
Ultimate School Musical premieres on Austar's Fox8 on Tuesday.
For more information, check out www.fox8.com.au.
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