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February 25, 2009 16:25 ET

Céline Dion Comes to Star Académie

A final public appearance this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on TVA

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2009) - Global superstar Celine Dion has chosen Star Academie as the site of her final public appearance this Sunday before taking an 18-month career sabbatical.

Academy contestants admitted they were impressed - and intimidated - by the news. Rene Angelil, husband and manager of Celine Dion, but also director of the Academie, offered them some reassurance: "Don't be intimidated! (...) She loves and admires you. She knows exactly how you feel. Don't forget that Celine started off by singing on television when she was only 13 years old."

Celine Dion will sing alongside the 2009 crop of contestants on the Quebec version of Star Academie. She will join them for a medley of her greatest hits and even perform two duets. Celine will also answer questions posed by Julie Snyder, Star Academie producer and host, and will certainly address her reasons for taking this career break after wrapping up her massively successful Taking Chances world tour.

Quebec group The Lost Fingers will also be part of this special evening dedicated to the power of music.

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