Sydney New Year's Eve 2008–09
|Sydney New Year's Eve 2008–09|
Beginning of the Midnight Fireworks
|Creative director||Rhoda Roberts|
|Fireworks by||Foti International Fireworks|
|Bridge effect||The Sun|
|Sydney New Year's Eve|
Sydney New Year's Eve 2008–09 was the 14th Sydney New Year's Eve held at Sydney Harbour on the evening of 31 December 2008 and in the early hours of 1 January 2009. It was the final year in a three-year deal that Network Ten would broadcast the event and was co-hosted by Kim Watkins and Andrew Günsberg for their second consecutive year. On 9 December 2008, the theme was revealed to be "Creation" with fireworks produced once again by Foti International Fireworks. This was Rhoda Roberts' first year as creative director.
|9 pm Family Fireworks||8:30 pm – 9:30 pm||60 mins|
|Midnight Fireworks||11:30 pm – 12:30 am||60 mins|
|Kim Watkins||Co-host of 9am with David and Kim|
|Andrew Günsberg||Co-host of Australian Idol|
|Fuzzy||Dawes Point||Host of Video Hits|
|James Kerley||Dawes Point||Host of Taken Out|
|Dr. Chris Brown||Royal Botanic Gardens||Host of Bondi Vet|
Indigenous Smoking Ceremony
9pm Family Fireworks
The celebrations kicked off at 8:30pm AEDT with cheerleaders performing a karaoke classic, deciding not to use Auld Lang Syne, instead using an adapted version of a Toni Basil song, Mickey, with lyrics starting with "Hey Sydney, you're so fine, you're so fine, you blow my mind." It was choreographed by Jason Coleman, a judge on So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Aboriginal singer and ARIA-winner Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu performed an expanded Acknowledgment of Country. For the first time, the countdown numbers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons went sideways (left) instead of going vertical (upwards).
|Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu||Acknowledgment of Country - Bapa|
|The Presets||My People|
|1||True Love's Kiss||Enchanted Soundtrack|
|2||When I Grow Up||Pussycat Dolls|
|3||I Kissed A Girl||Katy Perry|
|4||When You Look Me in the Eyes||Jonas Brothers|
|5||What We Need Is A Hero||Alan Silvestri|
|6||Happy Working Song||Enchanted Soundtrack|
|7||Main Theme||Sex and the City Soundtrack|
|8||Shake It||Metro Station|
|9||Rough Landing||Star Wars: The Clone Wars Soundtrack|
When the fireworks display finished, an evening star appeared as the 9pm bridge effect on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After the 9pm fireworks display, the Harbour of Light Parade went across the harbour and The Presets performed their 2007 single, My People. An interview with Will Smith was recorded promoting his new film Seven Pounds. Sandra Sully did a recording of some of the news that made headlines in 2008. Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, made yet another appearance at the event to talk to Kim Watkins about the theme of "Creation" and what it was all about.
Harbour of Light Parade
The midnight show started off with another performance choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance Australia judge Jason Coleman, with "You Can't Stop the Beat". Kim Watkins and Andrew Günsberg, then Fuzzy and James Kerley then introduced themselves again. 2006 Australian Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboy performed "Burn". Before the Midnight segment of the telecast started, Andrew Günsberg visited a few people on boats in the harbour, even dancing with a few revellers briefly. Then, new creative director Rhoda Roberts made her first appearance at the event. She said that she "wanted to see something that links us all together and of course Creation has done that". The midnight display would cost A$5,000,000. Other effects to be featured were the Creation storm, thunder and lightning effects. After Andrew Günsberg and Kim Watkins spoke to Rhoda Roberts, Sandra Sully again did another recording of some of the events that made headlines in 2008. Natalie Bassingthwaighte performed "Alive". Then, the countdown began for the midnight fireworks.
|Jessica Mauboy||Running Back|
The Bridge Effect was revealed to be the sun. The fireworks display was considered one of the best in the world. Natalie Bassingthwaighte returned to perform her new single "Someday Soon". Afterwards, Jessica Mauboy performed "Running Back". Michelle Bridges and Shannan Ponton from The Biggest Loser Australia appeared on the show.
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