They bonded during their time together in the 2013 production of Grease: The Musical, now Anthony Callea has proven just how close he is to Aussie icon Bert Newton after revealing he has been named in the TV star’s will.
Callea, who shot to fame on TV talent show Australian Idol in 2004, confessed that Bert, 80, has asked him to sing at his funeral, with Newton said to have formalised the request in his will.
Speaking on Hit 105 radio, the 35-year-old singer told hosts Stav, Abby and Matt: “I think I’m in his will actually, (Bert) told me I’m in his will to sing at his funeral.
“Patti was actually texting me yesterday so I should actually follow her up on that. We haven’t discussed rates yet.”
Radio host Abby Coleman joked that maybe Patti, 73, had been calling to sort out the song request for the ceremony, to which he replied: “Oh no! They don’t tell me what to sing unless they’re paying.”
Callea played band crooner Johnny Casino in the stage production of Grease, which celebrated the movies 35th anniversary five years ago, while Newton took on the role of slick disk jockey Vince Fontaine.
Speaking about their time working together on Grease: The Musical, Anthony spilled the beans about the practical jokes he used to play on Newton, including hiding his dressing gown or glasses in the freezer.
“You know when you get a little bit old and you lose your mind,” he laughed. “He (Bert) thought he was going absolutely insane.”
Anthony became a household name after placing runner-up in the 2004 season of the reality singing competition and has since released six studio albums.
Last month Patti shared a sweet tribute to her husband in celebration of his 80th birthday. The beloved Australian personality shared an adorable family snap with the caption: “Had a wonderful birthday dinner At Kokos Crown with the family. @crownresorts we all just loved it.”
The sweet image shows Bert cutting a cake with grandchildren Sam, 10, Eva, 9, Lola, 6, and Monty, 2 and wife Patti.