The sold-out concert, which will be broadcast live on Channel Seven, stars performers such as Queen + Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, Michael Bublé, k.d. lang, Amy Shark and Conrad Sewell.
Newton-John will introduce the concert and perform with her old tour buddy John Farnham. “We’ll be singing ‘Two Strong Hearts’,” Newtown-John says. “We love working together. This will be a wonderful opportunity to sing together with my mate. And the song is about our hearts beating together. We are all one, so in times like these, when people come together, it’s very special.”
As well as performing at the concert, the Xanadu star is in Australia to support her daughter Chloe Lattanzi in this year’s Dancing With the Stars. “I’m so proud of her,” she gushes about Chloe.
Newton-John is a national treasure. For six decades, the beloved entertainer’s hit songs and movies have been stitched into our musical fabric. Who doesn’t know at least one song from the movie Grease? And fans have been with the star every step of the way as she battles stage-four breast cancer.
Recently, the ‘Physical’ singer revealed the amazing news her tumours are shrinking. Now, Newton-John says she’s feeling positive about her health.
“I’m doing great,” the founding patron of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Institute enthuses. “Everything is going in the right direction – which is down. I’m feeling really well and strong and just grateful for every day.”
Starting out as a singer in Australia, then England, before having hits in the US, Newton-John’s life changed forever when she became Sandy in 1978’s Grease, opposite John Travolta. Newton-John’s incredible life was portrayed in Seven’s 2018 miniseries, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You, with her friend Delta Goodrem as Olivia playing Sandy.
Was it weird watching herself in a TV drama? “It is odd seeing your life on screen,” she admits. “I’ve watched bits and bobs and I didn’t watch it for months. I wasn’t really involved in it, but they did a pretty good job and she [Delta] was wonderful.
“I feel very well-loved [by the public] and it’s such a wonderful feeling. I’ve had a lot of support over the last few years and I’m humbled, really. It’s lovely.”