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BINDI'S DEBUT STEALS THE SHOW
News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily (16th January 2007)

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DANCING and singing like a young Kylie Minogue, Bindi Irwin made her international stage debut in Los Angeles yesterday in front of a sellout crowd.

“G’Day USA!” Bindi shrieked when she first appeared on the stage.

The 2000-strong American audience, who paid up to $US65 ($A38) a ticket and included a sprinkling of Hollywood celebrities, greeted the eight-year-old with thunderous applause.

Many of Bindi’s young American fans came dressed in khaki-like clothes like those worn by her late father, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, while others wore kangaroo tails or waved tiny Australian flags.

Bindi performed nine high-energy songs with her four Crocmen back-up dancers for a little under an hour before handing the stage inside LA’s historic Ahmanson Theatre to Australia’s kings of kids’ entertainment, The Wiggles.

In between Bindi’s songs, her mother, Terri, and her father’s best mate, Wes Mannion, appeared on stage with exotic animals, including an albino Burmese Python, a baby orangutan, an eagle, a Bengal Tiger cub and a Red Kangaroo.

The concert was presented by Tourism Queensland as part of the G’Day USA Australia Week festival in Los Angeles and New York.

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