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Oprah Winfrey Australian tour: talk-show queen’s fans to grab tickets

OPRAH Winfrey fans wanting an evening with the icon can grab a seat at her five-city arena show from 1pm today.

The December tour of Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney has already seen strong pre-sale interest in tickets, which start at $99.90.

During the December tour Winfrey will host crowds of up to 15,000 a night in a speaking tour she has already taken across North America.

“It’s a big production,” Winfrey said.

“We are still trying to work out the staging based on each arena but I think the closer I can get in with the audience the better. I like to feel like you’re surrounded in your living room as opposed to you are put up on a stage.”

Excitement builds ... Oprah Winfrey fan Catherine Schrank, with her daughters Olivia, 4,

Excitement builds ... Oprah Winfrey fan Catherine Schrank, with her daughters Olivia, 4, and Natalie, 9, can’t wait to see her show in Melbourne. Source: Supplied

Winfrey said she can’t wait to spend more time exploring the country and connecting with Aussies after her first whirlwind tour, which marked the final season of her 25-year-old talk show.

“The beauty of the country and waking up in the middle of the desert was amazing,” she said.

“But what knocked my socks off, literally rolled up my pantyhose, was the fact that here on the other side of the world are people who I had never even really thought about, but who in a different time frame had been watching the show and experiencing what we had to offer.”

Among those first to buy pre-sale tickets last week was Melbourne mum Catherine Schranck, who has become friends with Winfrey after she threw her a televised baby shower during her first visit to Australia in 2010.

Talk-show legend ... Oprah Winfrey has a huge following of loyal fans.

Talk-show legend ... Oprah Winfrey has a huge following of loyal fans. Source: Supplied

A teacher’s aide at Mentone Primary School and mum of two, Mrs Schrank went on to visit with Winfrey at Chicago in 2011 and has stayed in touch.

Mrs Schrank, who describes Winfrey as a mentor, is heading to the December 2 Melbourne show with her husband Glenn.

“She’s changed my life in so many ways, and to have the opportunity to see her again would be great,” Mrs Schrank said.

“It’s still unbelievable to me,” she said of their first meeting.

“It was one of those moments that I will never forget and now almost five years later we have kept in contact and she has really become a friend to me now.

“I think it’s incredible that a woman like Oprah, who is probably the most famous woman in the world, takes the tome to write to me and talk through things with me.”

Winfrey told News Corp meeting Catherine and her family was one of her favourite memories of her first visit.

“She’s a great young lady and we still stay in touch,” Winfrey said.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketek

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