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Australian Adventure Roadsoap Five episodes, 2008.
After André and the JSO returned from their first successful tour in Australia, the Dutch broadcast company TROS aired a five episode special. In this special you will see the challenges which such a tour will bring. Thunderstorms, failing microphones but also the birth of a new JSO member...
Episode 1. as broadcast on Friday October 13, 2008. The preparations leading up to the Melbourne concert and the appearance of André Rieu and the JSO in the Australian version of "Dancing with the Stars". The little girl offering André flowers when he arrives at the Melbourne airport is Isabella, the granddaughter of Jann (the lady in red), who runs the Aussie fan website.
Episode 2. as broadcast on Friday October 20, 2008. The preparations for the Melbourne concert continue. This time we will see the training of the Ice Dancers and how difficult it is to skate on artificial ice. Due to the high outdoor temperatures it was not possible to use real ice. Furthermore André receives a painting from a fan and he visits the JB Hi Fi shop in Melbourne to see the DVD sales with his own eyes. Earlier on André had warned the orchestra about poisonous spiders. At the end of this episode Sanne got terrified by a spider on stage which André squashed for her on the tune of the music.
Episode 3. as broadcast on Friday November 14, 2008. Mirusia lets André listen to a two year old girl. Then André and Pierre take Kerstin's ten week old baby to the zoo to see a koala, see what "damage" a koala can do! Furthermore we see JSO members enjoying a day off. And both Mirusia and Garry becoming very emotional after singing in their homeland.
Episode 4. as broadcast on Friday November 21, 2008. Will rain, lightning and thunder cancel an open air concert? A gift really appreciated by André, and where was Tanja during the Australian tour? Ineke and I attended the Sydney concert on Saturday November 29, 2008 and there we heard why Tanja was not in Australia. At that moment Roos already had left to go home. Watch the video and find out what happened...
Episode 5. as broadcast on Friday November 28, 2008. The fifth and final episode of this road soap. This time it is all about the media craze around the Australian tour, André receiving an award for two million CD's/DVD's sold, Mirusia and Carmen reacting to the failing microphone of Susan, André's appearance in Neighbors, how much time it takes for André to come up with another crazy idea and the tear at the end of the concert. The broadcast of this final episode in The Netherlands was followed by the full Melbourne concert. Before and after the recording of this concert, Ivo Niehe had an interview with André, Pierre and Mirusia. This interview can be seen HERE.
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