Sydney fans fight it out for a trip to LA with Ellen DeGeneres

By Efrosini Costa

Hundreds of Australian fans of The Ellen Show descended on Sydney's Opera House in the early hours of the morning with one goal: to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Los Angeles, and the chance to meet the US talk show host.

More than 250 people gathered at the iconic Sydney landmark with suitcases and passports in hand, after DeGeneres dropped the bombshell yesterday on her Twitter page:

“Before I go down under, someone in Sydney’s gonna have a chance to come up over. I hope you’re free tomorrow at 9:30am.”

The cryptic tweet was then confirmed by the show’s executive producer, as an invitation for all fans to compete in a mass dance-off during a live cross with Ellen at her Californian studio.

The lucky winner will then be whisked directly to the airport, to board a plane headed straight for LA. Imagine.

“Grab your passport & get to Sydney Opera House! You’re gonna be on my show. Also, bring an overnight bag. I’ll explain when you get there,” the queen of US daytime television tweeted this morning to her 16 million fans.

The event coincides with a visit to Australia by the show’s team, who are currently scouting locations for filming. The news comes only a week after Ellen announced that she and her entire audience and crew would be flying to Australia in March.

Sound familiar?

You might remember the virtually identical stunt carried out by Oprah Winfrey last year.

Fans have reportedly been stopping at nothing for the spoils, draping themselves in Australian flags, painted their bodies blue, and holding handmade posters and signs, in anticipation of the live cross this morning.

One such diehard devotee has captured the attention of local media with his story. Christian Burke told reporters he had resigned from his job immediately following Ellen’s announcement of her visit to Australia. In the lead up to her visit, he will concentrate solely on his Facebook campaign: An Aussie Backyard Barbie for Ellen. It is his attempt to get the talk-show host to attend a barbecue in his backyard.

Burke’s adoration for the comedienne grew after the death of his father, when he was just 13. The Ellen Show, he says, brought his family together, and eased the burden of grief by making them laugh everyday.

“I love Ellen. I just wanted to be here and have the chance to meet Ellen, and thank her,” Burke told the media.

“I think my chances of going to LA are slim to none, but I just wanted to be a part of it” he added.

The devout fan has been camped out at the Opera House since yesterday afternoon, divulging to some reporters that he forgot to pack underwear in his haste to get there.

Did you make your way to the Opera House today for the special announcement? we would love to hear from you, share your story with us in the comments section below…


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