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Oprah Winfrey - the world's most powerful entertainer

The Sydney Opera House will become the Oprah House with, the Queen of TV talk, Oprah Winfrey coming to Sydney and bringing 300 of her fans with her.

Oprah Winfrey, who Forbes calls the world's most powerful entertainer, will tape two shows from the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. This will be the first time The Oprah Winfrey Show including the entire audience, has travelled outside of North America.

According to Wikipedia: "Winfrey was born into poverty ... she experienced considerable hardship during her childhood. She has become according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world."

Watch the footage of Oprah surprising her audience at the 25th season premiere, the show's final farewell season, "You're going to Australia," she screamed.

Tickets to be part of the audience have been allocated to 12,000 people, in a ballot, out of some 350,000 who applied.

There is a massive buzz and hype surrounding Oprah's visit with a Welcome to Australia campaign taking off.

Oprah and her travelling audience, will participate in a variety of unique Australian experiences for just over a week with one taping to be filmed in a top secret location Each of her 300 guests has been armed with a video camera to capture the trip.

Watched by an estimated 49 million people in the United States each week, the programs due to air in 2011 will give the Australian tourism industry unprecedented publicity.

You could even have her stay at your home with media reports stating that her producers have been scouring the country searching for a suitable regular Australian family with whom she can stay during her two-week tour.

Oprah has recently screened an Aussie preview program featuring Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. You can watch an excerpt of the program here.

I've always wanted to go, you know,'' Oprah Winfrey told Nicole Kidman. ''And you know I like to do things in a big way.'' Kidman, replying on behalf of all Australians, said: ''They're very excited you're coming. You're going to get a big greeting.''

Hugh Jackman is due to appear on the Australian shows, along with Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Kidman and Urban, who have been intentionally left in the dark to ensure no details of the much-hyped shows are released.

There is an Oprah competition to find Australia's most helpful person with a $100,000 prize.

The TV queen will highlight the good deeds of local heroes during her Opera House broadcast next month, voting is open on the Facebook Page.
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Oprah Winfrey is coming to Australia.
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Why? See the most influential woman in the world.
When: December 14
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: FREE if you have a ticket
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