Ellen: “Sydney, I love your city.”
3000 fans didn't mind the glitches as Ellen dances her way into Sydney's heart.
It was 30C degrees as the US talk show host arrived by water taxi at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair with Portia de Rossi, both donning sunglasses. But some 3000 fans didn’t mind a half hour delay.
Russell Crowe showed her how to wield a stock whip on stage, saying she might need while catching “some brumbies” during a visit to regional Victoria.
Jessica Mauboy played “Finish the Lyric”, she met male underwear models, the Sydney Swans, South Sydney Rabbitohs, and hosted a variety of games, including some where members of the audience were dunked in the harbour if they answered “Know or Go” trivia question incorrectly.
And she desperately wanted to hear a “kook-a-borrow.”
After nearly two hours, the show ended with fans taking part in a Q and A with the host.
“Sydney, I love your city,” she said.
But Fairfax reported of some glitches due to a lack of rehearsal time and communication problems resulting in crowds at the Opera House rather than the Botanical Gardens. A small group were later able to meet her.
”She met us at her hotel and stood and talked to everyone of the group,” said one fan.
”It was a good bit of PR but what about everyone else who missed out?’