Seven Network’s “Tina Arena – It’s Your Life” drew 532,000 Subway viewers on Monday night, with a total of 860,000 nationwide, making it the biggest entertainment program of the night.
The primetime special had a roll call from big names in the entertainment field. They included singers Jessica Mauboy, Darren Hayes, Kate Miller-Heidke, Matt Corby, Natalie Imbruglia, her industry mentors Johnny Young and “Molly” Meldrum, and former cast members Melissa George, Toby Allen of Human Nature and John Bowles of “The Time of Young Talents”.
They talked about his unwavering loyalty, down-to-earth personality and strong family ties.
Australian author Kathy Lette described it as her “wonderful human bra – ‘uplifting, supportive and making me look bigger and better’.”
She added: “One of the many things I love about you is your fierce loyalty.
“Even though you’re a tiny pack, you have such a powerful punch and you can take down a bully of a guy with a lethal one-liner.
“I call it your black belt in language-fu.”
Arena was understandably overwhelmed when her own heroes – Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tim Rice and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli – sent pre-recorded greetings hailing her as one of the world’s greatest singers.
“I remember with fondness the times we spent together on stage, I remember with awe the beauty of your voice, and I’m glad that this performance tonight reminds all of those times we spent together,” Bocelli said.
The former child star and ARIA Hall of Famer has achieved barometers of success such as 10 million album sales, industry accolades and his second homeland France’s second most prestigious civilian honor.
But Mauboy and Imbruglia were more than fans of how Arena turned personal ups and downs into hits like “Chains” and “Sorrento Moon.”
They told ‘This Is Your Life’ audiences how watching Arena on TV made them realize they could overcome their own geographical barriers at the time, respectively Darwin and the central coast of NSW, far from the radars of Europe. music industry.
Arena has helped overcome other barriers.
For actress Mary Coustas, seeing Arena on “Young Talent Time” was the first time she had seen a performer with Mediterranean features on Australian television.
Last night, Arena again stressed that it would be women over 40 who would determine their own expiration date.
Arena, who in a remarkable 2017 BIGSOUND keynote told younger generations of would-be artists and entrepreneurs how she lost her record deal despite huge sales, also sponsors the Tina Arena Special Impact Award at the Australian Women in Music Awards for “recognizing an unsung champion of the Australian music industry.
Those long-running barrier battles surfaced last night in Arena after Bocelli’s post.
She told how early in Bocelli’s career, an A&R man in Milan refused to sign him.
“What do I do with a blind man? he had said.
“It was so sad…so unfair,” Arena lamented.