The Oprah Winfrey Show is Down Under this week, with four days of shows that feature her Australian adventures with the lucky studio audience that accompanied her. Back on September 13, 2010, audience members went beserk, in a good way, when they found out they would be treated to a free trip to Australia with Oprah herself.
Tuesday's episode will show viewers the Great Barrier Reef, a beach barbecue with chef Curtis Stone, koalas, dinner with Aborigines, Tasmania and a bit of Melborne. On Wednesday, Russell Crowe joins Oprah in a regatta, the entire gang will climb to the top of Sydney Harbor Bridge in an attempt at a world record, and she surprises locals when she knocks on doors and joins a family for dinner.
Thursday's show was filmed at the Sydney Opera House with guest stars Jay-Z, Russell Crowe and Bon Jovi. The tears are sure to flow during a special tribute to Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, attended by his widow Terri and their children, Bindi and Robert. Friday's show was also filmed at the Opera House with Bono and a high-wire entrance by Hugh Jackman that ended with an injury when his head smashed into lighting hardware on top of the stage.
Parts of Australia have recently experienced serious floods during two weeks of rain, which left at least 17 people dead and many missing. This occurred after a long period of drought. Queensland has been the most affected by the severe weather. It is located in the northeast area of the continent and comprised of more than half a million square miles. It should be noted that Oprah's trip did not take place during the floods.
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