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Just 90 minutes before the show is set to start, the unsuspecting audience lines up outside, and everything is going as planned. Oprah's back at the 1842 Inn putting the finishing touches on her hair and makeup. "I could not sleep. I woke up at 1:00 this morning. I did not go back to bed until 5:00 because I was so excited about today's show," Oprah says.

Things come to a nail-biting standstill back at the auditorium when a generator truck malfunctions, taking the satellite truck and control room with it—"the lights went out in Georgia!" Without power, there will be no show.

After some amazing emergency surgery on the truck, the show will go on. Now, it's time to let the audience in on this very big secret—and no one is more excited than Oprah. "It's a very fun show, and it's very exciting to be able to give things away. The truth is, I realize that they're just things and that a panini maker cannot change your life," she says. "Most people never want anything or got anything in their whole lives for free. So what it does is, is it creates a level of excitement and hopeful energy for you that you believe good things can happen. And good things do. And so in that way, you are changed. You are not changed by the things, but you are changed by the experience of it all."
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FROM: Behind the Scenes of Oprah's Favorite Things 2007!
Published on November 27, 2007

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