Celine Dion: Oprah Winfrey's daytime break is 'good for her, good for us'
A winner of five Grammy Awards, the Quebec-born music superstar has long had a close relationship with the media titan who recently ended her syndicated daytime talk show, on which the singer of such enduring hits as "The Power of Love" and "A New Day Has Come" appeared many times.
"You know, things come and go," Dion reflects to Zap2it about Winfrey. "She has accomplished so much and helped so many people, but there are other ways. Other ways will come. If 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is no longer there, it's not like nothing else will happen. A good thing needs to grow and change and move on. I think it's good for her, and it's good for us. You have to reinvent yourself."
On Saturday, Oct. 1, Winfrey's network OWN premieres "Celine: 3 Boys and a New Show." The documentary follows Dion as she mounts her latest Las Vegas stage extravaganza, which resumes at Caesars Palace just after Christmas, while she also tends to the twin sons born to her and manager-husband Rene Angelil through in-vitro fertilization last fall.
The stage production includes many Dion standards, which she says she's proud to hear whenever they're sung on such competitions as FOX's "American Idol" and NBC's "America's Got Talent." She notes, "My songs are not aging. I'm aging, and we're all aging, but you readjust yourself. You change your key when you sing your songs over 30 years.
"The voice changes and matures, but when I see these young kids who are 16 singing 'Where Does My Heart Beat Now' and 'Because You Loved Me,' they sound amazing. They make the songs sound brand-new again, and that makes me very happy that we stuck with the program. People are still coming to hear those songs."
Dion also is slated to perform on the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon on Sunday, Sept. 4. She maintains she knows little about the split between the MDA and longtime telethon host Jerry Lewis, but she firmly believes in the event's ongoing mission, perhaps more than ever.
"It's so hard to know there are so many people who are suffering, children who are sick," Dion maintains. "I am very, very fortunate to have healthy children. If it fits into your schedule, you don't even think about it; you sing a song, or you give a little message of encouragement. We shouldn't wait to be part of something until we are hit by it. Let's try to be sensitive to it and change things."