'Special Times' for Céline

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As global music icon and former Eurovision Song Contest winner, Céline Dion, enters the last year of her five year commitment to nightly Las Vegas shows, she is getting ready for one last Christmas in Nevada. And is preparing for a special performance in South Africa.

For an artist whose performance schedule hasn't changed much infour years, Céline Dion nonetheless continues to do promotional work with the world's media–largely to mark her 25th anniversaryin show business in 2006. In the lastsix weeks Céline has done interviews with anglophone media in Canada, the US and Europe. This week a documentary about her relationship with the francophone press in Québec will be shown on Radio Canada's Enjeux (Wednesday 20:00 local time across Canada). All from her current base in Las Vegas.

But in February (according to website IAFrica.com), Céline will perform as "honorary headline artist" for the annual Unite the Stars fundraising banquet and concert in Johannesburg. Céline is the best selling recording artist in South African history, and the event was moved from November to accomodate her commitments in Vegas. However, reports that this will be part of a world tour are incorrect: Céline will finish her commitments in Las Vegas, move back to Florida (she maintains residence in both Canada and the US), and try to have a second child through in vitro fertilisation (IVF)…as we reported a few weeks back.

Céline Dion won the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland singing Ne partez pas sans moi. After a straight neck-and-neck fight with Scott Fitzgerald of the United Kingdom, she was five points behind with only the Yugoslav jury to vote. They awarded Celine six points, putting her one point ahead, and everyone expected the United Kingdom to pick up either the 7,8,10 or 12 points. They gave 7 points to the Netherlands, then 8 to Germany, 10 to Norway, and finally 12 points to France, leaving Celine Dion the winner of one of the closest and most exciting Eurovision Song Contests in it's 52 year history!

In January 2007 Céline will release a DVD of her Las Vegas show entitled A New Day… the week of 17 January. In the meantime Céline's 1998 holiday CD These are special times is now on sale in many record stores.You can already listen to clips froma special limited edition double CD from the Las Vegas show: Celine Dion – A New Day: Live In Las Vegas which includes a special DVD. Click here to listen and purchase from HMV Online.

CELINE DION PURCHASES

HMV are offering a huge range of Celine Dion CDs and DVDs at knock-down prices in time for Christmas. Amogst the best offers are:

You can also purchase theOn Ne Change Pas double CD + DVD special from CDON, containing the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest entry, Ne partez pas sans moi as well as her other greatest hits from French langauge releases.

  • Celine Dion – On Ne Change Pas double CD + DVD special (includes ESC1988 Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi)

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