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Dressed in a bouffant wig and 1980s style dress, the 31-year-old covered the Bonnie Tyler classic to raise money for Queensland-based charity Youngcare. Sylvia Jeffreys wears a wig and belts out 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' in car crash karaoke moment after Karl Stefanovic admitted he had 'angered' female viewers Ahead of the segment, Karl joked he was worried Sylvia, who is married to his brother Peter, would perform and 'sully' the reputation of his family name.'I had a phone conference, a phone call with my brother last night, Peter, who is happily married to Sylvia,' he said.'We are concerned that by doing this she may sully and water down the terrific brand Stefanovic name and we are worried,' he continued.'How do I have that conversation with her because we don't want the name to be sullied,' he repeated.
Supported by the Australian Girls Choir and fellow Nine Network personality David Campbell, Sylvia said she was 'filled with nerves' leading up to her performance.
Previously Today's ratings had struggled behind rivals Sunrise, particularly in regional areas, as host Karl's personal life and new relationship made headlines.
Audience figures showed Nine's breakfast show being regularly battered in the ratings by Channel Seven's flagship, which was notably getting strong support outside of the five-city metro market.
Peter popped the question in July last year while the couple were enjoying a romantic getaway in France.
The nuptials also saw 160 guests in attendance, including Today show's entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins and former staffer Lisa Wilkinson.
She described it as a 'mission accomplished', having raised ,000 for Youngcare and pleading with viewers to help get the total to ,000 by the end of the day.'It is for a very good cause, a very good reason, I promise I'm not just doing this to live out a lifelong dream of being a rock star! She revealed she hadn't been able to sleep in the lead-up to the segment, explaining how she would go to bed every night 'with the song in a loop in my head'.
Jokingly calling it 'all Karl's fault' in a column penned for 9au afterwards, Sylvia wrote she felt 'minutes away from total humiliation' before the karaoke song.'Did I mention I'm a shocking singer, verging on tone deaf? Sylvia's performance for charity comes after Karl admitted to Stellar magazine his public relationship woes left 'some women out there angry'.
maybe there are some women out there who are angry with me, but I've never tried to be anything other than myself,' he said.
The former X Factor winner went public with her relationship with Sony Music CEO's son Pat Handlin at the ARIAs last month.
And Samantha Jade appeared as smitten as ever with her beau on Thursday, as she posted a picture of the pair together.
A Sydney woman has been dubbed 'the shark wrangler' after being spotted casually lifting a bronze whaler out of an ocean swimming pool and dropping it into the sea.
Melissa Hatheier was doing some laps on Monday at Oak Park pool at Cronulla in Sydney's south with her mother when she spotted a fin in the water.'I thought, you know what, if i can just herd him into the shallows I think I can pick him up,' Ms Hatheier, an agent with Cronulla Real Estate, told Nova radio.'He was only about a metre (long), he was just a little baby,' she added.