Delta Goodrem looks to Olivia Newton-John for debut advice

Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:09am EDT
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A pop star, soap actress and cancer survivor, Delta Goodrem is already famous in Australia, Britain and Japan, but now her sights are set on America and who better to turn to for advice than Olivia Newton-John.

While other stars before her have failed to match their international success with fame in the United States, Goodrem, 23, who released her U.S. debut album "Delta" on Tuesday, hopes to follow in the footsteps of her role model, fellow Australian Newton-John.

"Olivia's been an incredible guiding light with me," Goodrem told Reuters in an interview this week. "She's always given me really great advice ... She's beautiful and we have a beautiful friendship."

But as for the advice she received from Newton-John, best known for her role in the 1970s hit movie "Grease" and several U.S. No. 1 albums and singles, Goodrem was tight-lipped. "If I told you that I'd have to kill you," she said, laughing.

While there are few U.S. reviews for the album, Goodrem has found a friend in famously harsh celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who said her first single "In This Life" was "deelish."

And Billboard's Chuck Taylor wrote: "With successes from Leona Lewis, Katy Perry and Natasha Bedingfield proving that the public hungers for quality female pop, timing is a bull's-eye for Goodrem's deliciously tasteful U.S. bid."

For Goodrem, who performed a duet "Right Here With You" with Newton-John at Los Angeles Gay Pride celebrations in June, her U.S. debut has been a long time coming.

A battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, diagnosed when she was 18, derailed her career while her debut album "Innocent Eyes" was at No. 1 in Australia and No. 2 in Britain and she was acting in Australian soap "Neighbours," also a hit in Britain.   Continued...

<p>Australian singer Delta Goodrem arrives at the "30 Days of Fashion and Beauty" event in Sydney August 30, 2007. REUTERS/Patrick Riviere</p>