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Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban set for Oprah's Oz show
by Pip Bulbeck

Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have been confirmed as the first two Aussie stars to appear on the Sydney editions of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" being taped here on December 14.

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborah Lee Furness, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Cate Blanchett and Jon Bon Jovi, who is touring here, as well as other "local heroes" are also being tipped to appear, although no other guests have yet been confirmed.

Kidman and Urban will also appear on "Oprah" on November 30, in a "teaser" episode, as will a number of Aussies who'll tell Winfrey and her 300 audience members what they can expect on "Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure," when they depart a week later for their eight-day trip.

On the same show one more audience member will win a last-minute ticket to join the trip. That person will initially be flown to Perth in Western Australia before meeting up with the rest of the "Oprah" travel party in Sydney.

But it appears that another major production has beaten "Oprah" Down Under. Contestants in "The Amazing Race," and host Phil Keoghan, were spotted "racing" around Sydney Monday, according to local blogs and fan sites, with an overnight trip to the outback town of Broken Hill their next destination.

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