How do you know it’s Christmas? Delta Goodrem’s Christmas With Delta special is on TV! The singer’s concert has become an event both fans and the star herself look forward to. This year’s special guests include Russell Crowe, Kate Ceberano, Teddy Swims, David Campbell and Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc).
“The Christmas special centres on Aussie spirit, mateship, hope, family, fun, kindness and giving back,” Delta, 39, tells TV WEEK. “Christmas is my favourite time of the year!”
Here’s what’s in store…
What can fans expect this time?
The Christmas special is full of classic carols, duets with wonderful guests and surprises. This year, we launched a nationwide Christmas Kindness Campaign, encouraging people to share heartwarming acts of kindness. The stories we received were so touching. We flew some people who shared their stories to the filming of the special and included them in the show.
Is there a Christmas song you sing that’s particularly special to you?
I love all the music and carols during the holiday season that it’s impossible to pick a favourite. I enjoy discovering the new versions of carols. If I were to share with you what my Christmases were like growing up, it would be through the lyrics of my original Christmas song, ‘Only Santa Knows’; the cookies you leave for Santa or the carrots outside for the reindeer. I truly believed in the magic of Christmas and still do.
What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
I’ve kept a very busy pace this year, with lots of touring, shows and filming a movie, so I’m looking forward to slowing down a bit and spending time with family and friends.
This year has been huge for you, both professionally and personally. You celebrated 20 years since Innocent Eyes was released. What are your memories of that era of your life?
It was such a special and significant moment in my life. Health challenges at the time meant I never got to tour the Innocent Eyes album, so to do it for the first time on this 20-year anniversary was truly a dream and felt like it was meant to happen now. The incredible people of this country made it a record-breaking, history-making album when it was released.
So, to do this tour for the first time feels like my gift back to them. We also created an immersive experience, taking fans on a journey back in time with my personal memorabilia from that era (Neighbours, ARIAs, letters from fans, journals etc) It felt like a beautiful full-circle moment.
Your Netflix movie Love Is In The Air was a big hit with viewers. What did you love about filming it?
I was thrilled to be part of Love Is In The Air, a project that celebrates multiple parts of Australia, from our gorgeous seascapes to our laid-back culture, humour and community. I also love a rom-com.
What were your European shows like this year? How were they different from the Australian shows?
I feel so grateful to have connected with people around the world, playing festivals in Prague and Malta and headlining my first UK and European tour. The energy of everyone coming together at shows was magical. Playing live music and performing is what I love to do more than anything.