Final preparations are being made for television host icon and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey to go down under next month. The Chicago, Illinois-based Oprah is planning for the December 14, 2010 taping at Sydney’s Opera House Forecourt. Producers for the CBS show are presently planning locations and local activities for Oprah, while a who’s who of celebrity guests are being confirmed.

The Ararat Advertiser reports that in addition to Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, that Jay-Z will perform for the show.

At the time of airing, Jay-Z will be touring through Australia with U2 for Live Nation’s continental expansion, as well as reportedly readying his collaborative album with Kanye West, Watch The Throne.

(November 15)

UPDATE: On yesterday’s Oprah, the iconic host provided her live audience each with copies of Jay-Z’s new memoir, Decoded, which is co-authored by dream hampton. The annual “Oprah’s favorites” show includes numerous gifts to fans of items to host personally enjoys.