Oprah gets heart checked by EMTs for excitement

Oprah and our audience are so pumped up for the premiere of our 19th season, we have two EMTs on hand in case things get a little too wild. That's big!

"I'm so excited about today's season premiere, my heart is palpitating!" Oprah says. "I'm going to try not to faint!"

11 Oprah viewers sit with new Pontiac G6

These 11 people didn't know just why they were coming on The Oprah Winfrey Show...boy, did we fool them! All of them suffered from an alarming epidemic that was driving them crazy—the worst car woes you couldn't even imagine.

Surprise! They're all getting the new 2005 Pontiac® G6™—hot off the line and fully loaded! But the surprises don't end there...

"I've got a little twist," Oprah says. "I've got one car left, and someone in the audience will have a chance to go home with a brand new Pontiac G6!"

The plot thickens...
Oprah audience reacts to new cars

Gotcha! Everyone in the audience is getting a key to a 2005 Pontiac® G6™!

Watch the audience's reaction when they realize they're each getting a brand new car   

This brand-new mid-size sedan has one of the most powerful engines on the road, an XM Satellite Radio®, a Panoramic roof, an OnStar® safety system, just to name a few features—plus each audience member even gets to pick a snazzy color. Let the screaming begin!

"You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!" Oprah says. "Is that the wildest? Isn't it stunning? And, guess what? Your cars are waiting outside!"

Pontiac G6 at the Oprah show

That's $7 million worth of wildest dreams coming true! How do you pull off the biggest surprise in Oprah Show history? With 100 people working around the clock, there was plenty of sneaking going on...what fun!

Go behind the scenes to see how Harpo pulled off the big surprise   

Oprah tests drive a Pontiac G6

This operation was so hush-hush, Oprah wanted to handle some of the details herself. She took a trip to the GM® plant in Orion, Michigan to see just what the audience was getting with the fabulous Pontiac® G6™. It was time for a test drive!

"Are we supposed to go over these bumps? That was good...sounds good to me," Oprah says. "Yeah, she's ready to go!"

Homeless girl dreams of bigger things after her diploma

The big car giveaway wasn't the only surprise we had in store...

Twenty-year-old Alex says as children, she and her siblings were mistreated and never shown any affection. Since the age of 13, she has bounced from foster homes to shelters and life on the street in Los Angeles.

The one thing Alex has always clung to is that she could turn her life around on her own. Despite her struggle, Alex was the first female in her family to graduate from high school, earning her diploma in 2001. Alex's determination didn't stop there—she enrolled in community college, but without enough tuition money, she dropped out and returned to the streets.

"I know that my education is my ticket to my dream," Alex says. "It's what is going to make me successful in life and what's going to secure my future for me. That's something I have forever, and no one will ever be able to take that away from me. That's something I really, really want, and I'm not going to give up on that. I'm going to keep going until I have my dream met."

Before and After of ex-homeless girl's model makeover

Alex had written to The Oprah Winfrey Show asking for a makeover to boost her spirits, so Tyra Banks and her America's Next Top Model team surprised her in L.A., got to work on the already adorable Alex and set up a fabulous fashion photo shoot. Check out this glam girl now!

The surprises for Alex didn't end there. In her letter to Oprah requesting a makeover, Alex expressed her true wildest dream—to hug Oprah, whom she calls her "imaginary mother." So, Tyra brought her to Chicago for the season premiere...

Girl meets Oprah, surprised with college education and more

Welcome to Chicago, Alex, and say hello to Oprah! "You've been through hell, and we believe that all you need is somebody who believes in you," Oprah says. "I do. I believe in you."

To achieve her deepest, wildest dreams, Alex is getting a full scholarship—including tuition, room and board, and books—to the college of her choice, thanks to SBC Communications. Alex will also look cool on campus with a $10,000 wardrobe from Express.

After hearing her story today, the good people of GM® decided Alex needs to drive to campus in style too—in her new 2005 Pontiac® G6™! Alex, we're all inspired by you.

See what's happened to Alex since the season premiere
Foster parents may lose home

For decades, Connie and Ronald Taylor have been foster parents to the children nobody seemed to want—they've parented 42 children. Currently, eight adopted and foster children are in their loving care.

Neighbors have watched them financially struggle for years as the Taylors have given so much love. The neighbors believe they're living angels and the neighborhood wouldn't be the same without them.

Unfortunately, the owner of the Taylor's home is going to sell the house in just a few weeks. When we heard the Taylors were going to be evicted, we knew one thing—it's dream-making time!

Gayle King and Schenectady, New York ready to surprise foster parents

Gayle King wanted to join the surprise dream team, so she headed to Schenectady, New York to surprise the Taylors...big time!

"[The Taylors] are in need of a miracle and time is running out," Gayle says. "But what I know is that when it comes to dreams and miracles, Oprah, this is so up your alley. ... We're ready. We have everything planned. We got the neighbors up early. The Amsterdam marching band and cheerleaders are here—we are ready to give the good news."

Connie Taylor with check from Oprah's Angel Network for new home

Connie and Ronald Taylor received $130,000 for their family, courtesy of Oprah's Angel Network, so they can buy a home for their family, pay for closing costs and any home upgrades that may be needed!

Best Buy, Crate and Barrel, and The Land of Nod got in on the fun and contributed new appliances, furniture and more! Congratulations, Taylors!

Connie and Ronald Taylor of Schenectady, New York keeping home

At the end of the day, everyone just had happiness headaches!

"This is my dream," Connie says. "I have a real home for my kids. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought we'd get stuff like this. Thanks, Oprah."

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