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New questions for Shakira, please

07/05/2002: Shakira's first English-language album, Laundry Service, has been in heavy rotation around Gusworld in recent days, and this is not a bad thing. Shakira herself has been on a promotional tour of the country, and this is also not a bad thing. Shakira proved in consecutive performances on the Logies, Rove and The Panel that she cuts a mean figure live. Sadly, the same can't be said of the questions she's been asked during the tour.

I suppose we have to expect the obvious questions about "what was it like writing in English?" and the infamous line "Lucky that my breasts are small and humble/So you don't confuse them with mountains" and all the references to the Colombian drug trade. What surprised me is how everybody wants to ask her where she gets her dance moves from.

On Rove, and again on The Panel, and again on a radio interview I happened to catch, this question got trotted out. Shakira politely gave the same answer each time: that there were elements of belly dancing, combined with her own unique style. Frankly, I think the interviewers could have worked this out for themselves. Had they done so, they might have had time to ask the really important questions, such as: what the hell did she think of Bert Newton?

  • Making sense of the Logies (04/05/02)