Casey Donovan Speaks Out About Dating Scams

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Casey Donovan is helping to raise awareness of online dating scams, like catfishing, with her enthralling and honest book Big Beautiful & Sexy (New Holland Publishers).

Soon after winning Australian Idol in 2004, Casey became victim to a dating scam, resulting in a 6 year relationship with a man that didn’t exist. In this interview on Today Casey is open about how the ‘relationship’ was initiated, grew and evolved.

Casey with psychologist, Melanie Schilling, discuss the dangers of online dating and how to spot a catfish.

The full interview can be viewed here

Casey Donovan a part of The Boomerang Concert for Homeground

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The Boomerang Concert, as part of Homeground, is a unique collaboration of song, music, image and dance from three cultural backgrounds. Take a look at the behind the scenes video with Casey Donovan, Rhoda Roberts and the Australian cast rehearsing for The Boomerang Concert. Playing at  Homeground on 5th April at Sydney Opera House, this is one event not to be missed.






Casey Donovan to MC ‘Curvy Courture Roadshow’

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It has just been announced that Casey Donovan will be a part of this years’ Curvy Couture Roadshow (CCR), as part of the Cultural Program for this year’s Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF).

Casey is the ambassador and will also be MC the event which is sure to give s plus size ladies the unprecedented chance to indulge their love of fashion.

CCR, which will be part runway show, part fashion market, is the creation of a group of dedicated plus size fashion lovers. They founded Curvy Couture Inc, a notfor- profit organisation dedicated to raising the profile of fashion in sizes 14+ in Australia. CCR will be the first event its size held as part of the VAMFF Cultural Program.

Casey Donovan, April 2012Casey said she couldn’t wait to be involved in the event and that she is looking forward to seeing the showcase of plus size fashion the organisers have assembled. “I’m excited to see all of the great designers, and beautiful ladies strut their stuff on the catwalk!”

In addition to hosting the event, Casey will also perform her inspirational anthem for plus size women everywhere, ‘Big, Beautiful Sexy’ and sign copies of her hotly anticipated memoirs, released through New Holland Publishers.

A key part of the roadshow will be the runway shows, where professional plus sized models will take to the runway alongside street models who were selected in January at an open casting call. These women, who range in size from 14 to 26, have been practicing their walk and poses ready for their runway debut, all under the guidance of Australia’s leading plus size modelling agency, Bella Model Management, who are one of the headline sponsors of the event. All the models will have their hair and makeup done by staff and students from BIBA and Elly Lukas, who have generously donated their time to the event.

CCR comes at an exciting time for Australia’s plus size fashion industry as the demand for high fashion, high quality pieces increases and more designer brands launch their plus sized collections. It is no surprise that the Curvy Couture Roadshow is garnering a lot of attention from the plus-size community, both in Australia and internationally, especially given that the average Australian women is now a size 14-16.

“The response to the event has been incredible … Ultimately we want to show women that, fashion is for everyone, and size is no barrier to looking good & feeling great,”  says Curvy Couture Inc President, Kate Millett.

The Curvy Couture Roadshow takes place March 30th from 12pm at the Arts House Meat Market, North Melbourne. Early bird tickets from $20+bf via Ticketek.

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Casey in ‘The Great Australian Songbook’ Concert

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songbook imageWas there a concert that produced more “feel-good” moments, musical surprises and sheer entertainment than last year’s inaugural Great Australian Songbook event?

We don’t think so.  And that’s why plans were immediately made to do it all again in 2014.

Variety – the Children’s Charity will again be the beneficiary of what promises to be another wonderful night at the Enmore Theatre on May 26 combining a fresh line-up of 20 of Australia’s finest singers performing some of Australia’s greatest songs, and Casey Donovan is delighted to be a part of the line-up.

We’re pleased to announce a stellar line-up of artists:- Jon Stevens, Shannon Noll, Hoodoo Guru’s Dave Faulkner, Diesel, James Morrison, Christine Anu,  iOTA, Casey Donovan, Monica Trapaga, Dragon lead singer Mark Williams, Ciaran Gribbin (most recent lead singer of INXS), Steve Balbi, Emma Birdsall, country star Tamara Stewart, Jeff Duff, 11-year-old drumming sensation Jagger Alexander-Erber and Variety Ambassadors John Paul Young and John Williamson – with more to come!

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What makes the concert so unique – and so much fun – is watching the performers put their own stamp on a wide variety of songs from The Great Australian Songbook.  Some of their choices are VERY surprising, leading to unforgettable, never-to-be-repeated musical moments.

In keeping with the fun spirit of the night, promoter Empire Touring has thrown another cat into the ring for this second event, endeavouring to have almost every musical instrument imaginable appear sometime during the night.  Piano accordion tick! Bagpipes, you bet. Didgeridoo, yep.  Keytar, aha. Even the humble triangle will be incorporated into one of the songs!

Last year’s concert ended with the performers joining for an incredible finale of Divinyls songs, paying tribute to the late Chrissie Amphlett.  Continuing the celebration of honouring all things Aussie Rock, this year’s finale will pay tribute to the one-and-only INXS.  INXS’s most recent lead singer Ciaran Gribbin, who toured with the band in their last year, will perform as part of the finale.

Vivacious host Monica Trapaga will again MC the evening’s proceedings. “The first concert was more than any of us could have wished for.  To see the artists performing songs often completely “against type” and nothing like you would expect made it not only hugely entertaining but also absolutely brilliant musically. I loved donning my policewoman’s uniform to do Skyhooks ‘Women In Uniform’ – it was that kind of night! It’s an absolute buzz for me to perform with these legendary Rock and Roll Gods, this isn’t Playschool – it’s “the School of ROCK AND ROLL!”

Aussie icon John Paul Young, who has been involved with Variety for 15 years and an Ambassador for ten, said: “The Great Australian Songbook was a great success last year. It was a delight to share the stage with so many of the local Aussie talent and Paul Gray and the band did a brilliant job backing all the artists.  I’ve had a sneak peek at this year’s line-up and it’s gonna be big. Also, a huge thank you to all the public out there that supported the cause. Variety – the Children’s Charity is grateful for your support.”

Tam Johnston, Variety – the Children’s Charity CEO said:  “Variety is thrilled to be working with some incredible artists again this year for what has become one of our most exciting annual events, the Great Australian Songbook. Last year’s event was a roaring success on all counts. A huge thank you must go to the artists who performed and helped Variety raise vital funds which has allowed us to directly impact the lives of many Aussie kids in need.”

A Reserve tickets are $99 and B Reserve $69 which is incredible value to see such a prestigious line-up of performers.


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Casey Donovan’s Book: Did It Really Have to Be So Graphic?

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“She never shies from the terrible lows – her battles with weight, identity and that baffling and destructive fake relationship. We get the many meaningful highs too – her growing sense of cultural identity, acceptance from the gay community, the successful songs, nominations in the Sydney Theatre Awards, a role in The Sapphires stage play and the tremendous improvement in her own body image. .. But the graphic descriptions of Donovan’s online dating sexual encounters which followed that humiliating fake relationship beg another question. Did we really need to know everything?”

Casey Donovan is as open in her interview with Herald’s music editor, Peter Vincent, as she is in her new book, Big, Beautiful & Sexy. Casey was clear that although her book may be graphic, it was important for her to be honest and truthful.

Listen to and read more of Casey’s interview here:

To Celebrate 10 Years Since Winning Australian Idol, Casey Announces the ‘You Believed: 10 Year Anniversary Tour’

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It has been almost 10 years since Casey Donovan was crowned the 2004 Australian Idol! To celebrate this momentous achievement, Casey is thrilled to announce her You Believed: 10 Year Anniversary Tour for 2014.

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The anniversary tour will bring audiences together to celebrate the remarkable journey of one of Australia’s most outstanding Aboriginal performers. In this special 90 minute intimate show, Casey will take audiences on a journey from where it all started nearly a decade ago when she became Australian Idol’s youngest ever winner.

This celebratory event will feature tracks from Casey’s time on Idol as well as her platinum award winning debut album For You, through to music from her award winning and nominated roles in productions such as The Sapphires and Flowerchildren which has brought Casey critical acclaim, nationally and internationally.

Fans can look forward to a retrospective collection of songs which have shaped Donovan’s career and played a significant part in shaping the artist and role model she has become. Casey will also bring to the tour her Big, Beautiful & Sexy ethos. As a proud poster girl for the plus-size community, Casey hopes to shake the stigma that links success to body image and inspire men and women to embrace who they are. Casey will share this motto, encouraging people to stand up and be strong in the world as she travels the country in 2014 in her biggest tour to date. You Believed: 10 Year Anniversary Tour has been produced to not only mark a special occasion in Casey’s life, but to thank the loyal fans who believed, and have proudly supported and followed her stellar career over the past decade. For all tour dates, have a look at the events section of this website.

Casey Donovan’s autobiography Big, Beautiful & Sexy is out now through New Holland Publishers.

Casey Donovan recognised as Best Actress in a Musical by Broadway World Australia website

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CD_Cass_02Big, Beautiful & Sexy showgirl, Casey Donovan has been recognised by the #BroadwayWorldAustralia website as the winner of the 2013 Melbourne award for Best Actress in a Musical for your role in #Flowerchildren.

There are other wins for the show including Best Production, Best Director, Best Musical Director, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Actor.

“I am so proud of this production and the amazing cast and crew that I got to work with. I especially want to thank #MamaCass you will forever be my Big, Beautiful & Sexy guardian angel.” –  Says Casey Donovan