Anika Moa could be support act for Celine Dion in Auckland after telling diva 'I could do it'

Kiwi songstress Anika Moa could be a support act for singing sensation Celine Dion in Auckland later this year after putting her hand up for the gig while interviewing the Canadian star on Seven Sharp's first show of the year last night.

Dion has sold nearly 250-million albums, making her the biggest grossing female artist in history, and she's coming to New Zealand for the first time in two decades, in August.

Seven Sharp sent the programme's songstress Anika Moa to Las Vegas to talk to the diva, and it was an interview with a difference that saw the two singers competing as they each demonstrated hitting high notes.

Moa said she'll be in the front row at Dion's Auckland concert and ventured: "But do you need a support act 'cause I could do it? Have you already got a support act?"

Dion responded: "Ah yes, we do have a support act."

Moa repeated that she could support her, at which point Dion sounded open to the idea.

I think I was born with my passion - Celine Dion

"Ah, after the interview I can talk to them about two support acts. We have one support act, we can have two support acts. Really I don't know. I'll talk to them about it," she said.

Celine Dion has had hit after hit for decades and is now the highest earning artist in Las Vegas, allegedly earning $US500,000 per show - that's $NZ684,000.

Asked how does she keep the passion alive, she told Anika Moa: "My passion? I think I was born with my passion."

More than four million fans have flocked to Celine Dion's Vegas show.

"Sometimes I think, 'oh no, not that song again.' But when it starts I look at one person, and that person is hearing me and looking at me singing it for her for the first time. And she's crying. It's like 'wow thank you so much'."

Asked does she still get nervous, Dion said: "I get anxious. And it's not in a nervous way. It's anticipating the moment to start, I'm trying to breathe slowly. My mouth gets a little bit dry, so I pinch my tongue, it produces saliva, and I breathe slowly and I say, 'this is for you, my three boys'."

Celine Dion performs one concert in New Zealand, at Auckland's Spark Arena on August 11, with tickets going on sale on February 19.

Anika Moa has a new show on TVNZ OnDemand from next month.

The biggest selling female musical act in history will be visiting NZ for the first time in two decades. We sent Anika Moa along to talk about life and music with her. Source: Seven Sharp




Watch: Uma Thurman's crash during Kill Bill filming the studio didn't want to release

Footage has surfaced of an on-set crash during the filming of Kill Bill, where Uma Thurman says she was persuaded to drive a dangerous car at speed along a sand road.

The actress has spoken out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times article, saying he attempted to sexually assault her, and as part of that article she also revealed a harrowing episode which took place while filming in Mexico.

She said director Quentin Tarantino persuaded her to drive the car, despite her being told by a crew member that it could be faulty.

"That was a deathbox that I was in," Ms Thurman said.

The Times reported that Thurman has fought to procure the footage from Mr Tarantino for more than 15 years.

Mr Tarantino reportedly put pressure on Ms Thurman to drive the car, despite her concerns, telling her "hit 40 miles an hour (64kph) or your hair won't blow the right way and I'll make you do it again".

"Quentin came in my trailer and didn’t like to hear no, like any director," she said.

"He was furious because I’d cost them a lot of time. But I was scared. He said: 'I promise you the car is fine. It’s a straight piece of road.'"

In the video, a stationary camera attached behind Ms Thurman films as she drives quickly along a narrow sand road in the small Volkswagon Karmann Ghia convertible.

The car begins to fishtail when she is travelling through a wooded area, and she hits a tree, coming to a violent stop.

Members of the crew are on hand in moments and she is carried from the car.

Ms Thurman said she sought the footage from studio Miramax, as she wanted to sue them, but they reportedly told her they would only release it if she indemnified them against any damages.

She said the crash left her with permanent damage to her back and knees.


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