Earlier this week we announced our two amazing co-hosts, David Campbell and Brooke Boney. We are beyond excited to see the two light up our stage this Christmas Eve. Adding to the excitement, we have a long list of performers that keeps on growing.
Here’s who we have joining us so far…
ARIA Music Award winner Anthony Callea is no stranger to Australian audiences and is one of the country’s finest and most recognised singers. The powerhouse vocalist released his much anticipated 8th studio album FORTY LOVE on October 21, 2022 and debuted in the Top 5 of the ARIA Album Charts. 2023 will see Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell touring together for the very first time. The talented duo will be bringing their “Up Close & Unpredictable” live music concert experience to theatres around the country with tickets on sale now!
Tim Campbell is one of Australia's most versatile and much loved entertainers. On TV, he has been seen in leading roles on Home and Away, House Husbands, Big Sky, Dead Gorgeous and host of national prime time shows Celebrity Singing Bee, Wheel of Fortune, National Bingo Night and currently Channel 9’s Postcards.
The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir
The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir contains 25 core members. The women (and 4 men) come from six remote communities within a thousand-kilometre radius throughout central Australia - Hermannsburg, Areyonga, Titjikala, Mutitjulu, Docker River, and Alice Springs. The choir was formed as an amalgamation of various individual community choirs, including the renowned choirs from Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Areyonga and Ernabella.
After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, Casey became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol in 2004. A proud Gumbaynggir and Dungari woman, over the last eighteen years, Donovan has made her mark not only as a musician, but also in the areas of stage, screen, presenting and writing. Casey is a multi-Award winner & nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award and Triple Platinum for ‘Listen With Your Heart’ from the Double Platinum Album ‘For You’ and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent.
Bobby Fox is an Irish born Australian actor who originated the role of Franki Valli in the Australian production of Jersey Boys which he performed over 850 times. He is a 4 times World Irish Dance Champion and toured with dance productions Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, To Dance on the Moon and starred in the revival of Australian musical Hot Shoe Shuffle as Spring. On stage Bobby has had lead roles in Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia!, Leader of the Pack, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, We Will Rock You, Spamalot and The Production Company’s Oklahoma, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees.
Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic and recording artists. He has sung many roles for Opera Australia including his award-winning performances as Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee. Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), The Architect - in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Aristaeus/Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld), the title role in Candide and, Danilo in Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow.
Distilled from a footy playing, pub singing tradie from the south east suburbs of Melbourne, the much-loved Rob Mills has built an impressive career across screen & stage over nearly 20 years. In more recent times he has developed into an accomplished presenter and subsequently an author!
Lara Nakhle is a 24-year-old who started playing piano from the age of two and singing followed soon after. Lara has had an eye condition since birth called Leber Congenital Amaurosis which means she is totally blind but with some light perception. Since 2007 when Lara finished top 48 on The Voice Australia (then on Channel 9) and joined team SEAL, Lara has performed at a range of events around Sydney and throughout Australia.
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers. Silvie’s Australian credits include the roles of: Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in Cats, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in Sideshow Alley, Clara in Passion and for The Production Company: Lady Thiang in The King And I, Florence in Chess (Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations) and Jerry’s Girls.
Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre. She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera which she played for over three years. She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris, José Carreras and international vocal group Il Divo.
The Australian music scene is no stranger to Thndo (aka Thando). The widely loved Zimbabwean-born ‘First Lady of Soul and R&B’ has commanded massive crowds at festivals, and live venues, stunning audiences to a point of standing ovation; rave reviews following in their wake. Every performance is a statement – a triumph of powerful lyricism, rich-ranged vocals and smooth backing instrumentation – turning onward the wheel of live music, show by show.
Mitch Tambo is one of Australia’s most unique and electrifying First Nations entertainers who has been hailed as “the new voice of our generation” (Natalie Bassingthwaighte). The Sony Music Recording Artist has become an international sensation. His debut album ‘Guurrama-Li’ raced up music charts within Australia, the UK, US, Europe, Asia and New Zealand.
Denis Walter OAM
3AW Nights with Denis has soared to record ratings having made 8pm to midnight his own with a mix of News, Entertainment and plenty of listener calls. Denis has broadcast from his home studio for much of this year. His new Sony album Yesterday Once More was released in Autumn and in 2022 he returns to concert venues around Australia to bring the music to the people. The album is a tribute to the music of the 60's and 70's. After 51 years in showbusiness his star shines brightly.
Dancer and filmmaker Emma Watkins began her performance career early from the age of 3, nurturing her love of dance and movement, performing ballet, Irish, hip-hop, tap and contemporary dance. Since announcing her departure from The Wiggles in 2021, Emma has gone on to launch her new beloved children’s character, Emma Memma and has recently appeared on Channel 9’s Lego Masters Bricksmas Specials. Celebrate Christmas Eve by singing, dancing and signing with Emma Watkins at this year’s Carols by Candlelight.