Tami Neilson talks fan-girl moments with Anika Moa - and even tries to out-sing her

She's been described as having "a great big canyon of a voice", and now Tami Neilson's back in the country after an international tour.

As a child, Neilson was in family band The Neilsons, touring with artists like Johnny Cash.

Ever the superstar, she even had the nerve to try and out-sing Seven Sharp guest host Anika Moa.

To hear Neilson's impressive set of pipes - and her ultimate fan-girl moment - click on the video above.


Nielsen is back from a smash overseas tour where her stunning voice has been turning heads. Source: Seven Sharp

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Israeli court fines two Kiwi activists $23,600 over Lorde boycott letter

An Israeli court has ordered two Kiwi women to pay about NZ$19,000 in damages for writing a letter to Lorde asking her to not perform in Israel due to its occupation of Gaza.

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab appealed to the singer in an open letter in December asking her to "join the artistic boycott of Israel".

Lorde acknowledged the letter and cancelled her show days later, saying, "I have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show".

Three Israeli ticket holders, Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel, then filed a lawsuit in January under a law that allows civil lawsuits against anyone who calls for a boycott against Israel.

All three ticket holders had received refunds for the tickets, the Jerusalem Post reports, but despite that, they claimed their "artistic welfare" had been harmed by the cancellation - "and above all damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews".

Yesterday, NZT, Judge Mirit Fohrer agreed and imposed fines of NIS$45,000, plus NIS$11,000 - this equates to about NZ$23,600 in total.

Their lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Shurat HaDin advocacy group, said the decision sends a message that "no one can boycott Israel without paying for it."

Darshan-Leitner said she intended to enforce the judgment through "international treaties" and go after the women's bank accounts, either in New Zealand or if they try to travel abroad.

The ruling is believed to be the first time the 2011 Israeli law has been applied.

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, with her six Tui Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017.
Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, with her six Tui Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017. Source: Luke Appleby/1 NEWS

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Australian singer Shannon Noll pleads guilty to drug charge

Singer Shannon Noll has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in Sydney.

The 43-year-old's lawyer, Bryan Wrench, entered the plea at Sutherland Local Court today, while Noll sat outside the courtroom.

Mr Wrench asked that the charge of possessing a prohibited drug immediately proceed to sentence.

Police caught Noll with 0.53 grams of cocaine in a clear, resealable bag, according to the amended facts.

The Australian Idol 2003 runner-up arrived at court, in the rain, wearing a blue suit and tie.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22:  Shannon Noll performs on stage at The Ettamogah Hotel on July 22, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)
Shannon Noll performs on stage at The Ettamogah Hotel. Source: Getty

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The Chase viewers left ‘fuming’ after host Bradley Walsh rejects Road Runner answer

Viewers of The Chase in the UK are fuming after host Bradley Walsh rejected a contestant's answer that cartoon character Wile E Coyote chased Road Runner.

Contestant Sue was asked by Walsh during the cash building round, "Who does Wile E Coyote try to catch in the cartoon Operation Rabbit?"

Sue immediately replied: "Road Runner".

"Bugs Bunny," Walsh said, correcting her.

He continued with the next question as Sue appeared to take the mistake in her stride, but another contestant looked bemused.

The host was right that Coyote tried to catch Bugs Bunny because the question was about a specific movie in which that happened.

However outraged viewers took to Twitter, believing Road Runner was the right answer, using hashtags like "BeepBeep" and "fuming".

"I'd be fuming if I'd answered Road Runner to the question 'who does Wylie Cyote chase' and Bradley said wrong it's Bugs Bunny!!! #BeepBeep #TheChase," Laura tweeted.

Brogan Lucey wrote: "Errrrr Wile e Coyote chases the roadrunner... not bugs bunny? #thechase #fuming #beepbeep."

While Roz Thomas chimed in with: "#TheChase giving out wrong answers yet again is making me rage! I'm fuming! #BradleyWalsh @ITV"

But Simon Alcock said the consternation was largely from people who didn't actually listen to the question.

And Rik's Livetweets set the record straight, posting: "I just checked the Wile Coyote question - the question specifies a movie called "Operation Rabbit" so Bugs Bunny is the correct answer....Listen to the question #thechase."


Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger admits he 'stepped over the line' with women

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has apologised for some of his past behaviour towards women.

The 71-year-old actor - who has previously been accused of groping women - has apologised for his mistakes and has insisted he's learned from what he's done wrong.

He said: "Looking back, I stepped over the line several times, and I was the first one to say sorry.

"I feel bad about it, and I apologise. When I became Governor [of California], I wanted to make sure that no one, including me, ever makes this mistake.

"That's why we took sexual harassment courses, to have a clear understanding, from a legal point of view and also from a regular-behaviour point of view, of what is accepted and what is not."

Despite his past mistakes, Schwarzenegger insisted his attitude towards masculinity has not changed.

He told Men's Health magazine: "I'm a guy. I would not change my view of who I am.

"The woman I was originally most in love with was my mother. I respected her, and she was a fantastic woman. I always had respect for women."

However, Schwarzenegger admitted to regretting calling his political opponents "girly" in 2004.

The Hollywood star - who served as the Governor of California from 2003 until 2011 - said: "At the time it felt like the right thing to do.

"It was in my gut. I improvised it. I called them girly men because they weren't willing to take risks. They were afraid of everything. Politicians in general want to do little things so there's no risk involved.

"But it was shortsighted. In the long term, it's better to not say that, because you want to work with them."

Source: Associated Press