So *this* is what Jamie Durie has been doing while in the US. Good work if you can get it. Still, training with the world-reknown Cirque du Soliel is not exactly slouching and Durie shed 7kg to be “match fit” to film this. As a Cirque fan I’ll be tuning in, no question. From the press release:

Jamie Durie will combine his long-held love affair with Cirque du Soleil and his passion for groundbreaking garden design in a one-hour special, Jamie Durie presents G’DAY SOLEIL on Saturday,
February 18, at 7.30pm on Channel Nine.

G’DAY SOLEIL follows an imaginative Durie as he creates an innovative touring garden inspired by the themes of Cirque du Soleil’s extravagant new show “OVO”. Jamie’s “Cirque” design will make its debut at the Los Angeles premiere and travel to Australia later this year for its 12-month national tour.
The television special features Durie in a behind-the-scenes tour of the spectacular OVO production,
experiencing a fabulous fantasy world of insects that explores the lively ecosystem with a rich montage of energy and movement.

As Durie visits Cirque du Soleil, viewers get an insight into the remarkable costumes, acrobatic training, and life on the road for the international cast and crew of OVO. Durie, who trained with Cirque du Soleil early in his career and has a long-standing relationship with them, will also test his skills on the ropes and attempt jawdropping acrobatic stunts that feature in the new show. Durie and his team rush to design, produce and install the unique touring garden as an Australian welcome
gift, at the impressive Cirque du Soleil village on Santa Monica Pier in time for the red-carpet arrival of celebrities to enjoy before the OVO premiere.

Cirque du Soleil began in 1984 in Quebec with 20 street performers and has since expanded to a company with 5000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries performing extravagant shows in over 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. Their international headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

Jamie Durie presents G’Day Soleil – Sat 18/2 7:30pm, Ch9.