Siem Reap had a new celebrity visitor last week in Norwegian star Hanne Sørvaag. Visiting her old friend, and local expat, Katrine Solhaug, she came to the Kingdom to help out with Katrine’s charitable efforts, in a week which saw her dangle off the back of a garbage truck in a cheerleader costume, paint stars and moons on a primary school wall and perform not one, but two concerts in town, tells phnompenhpost.com, November 4, 2011.
Known as “The Hit Machine” at home, Hanne is as famed for her ability to thrash out chart-toppers for other stars, as well as her own solo and collaborative endeavours.
The stunning blonde was the first woman ever to have two songs in one Eurovision Song Contest. Counting Simon Cowell among her fans, she penned the hit My Destiny for 2006 American Idol finalist Katherine McPhee, and has most recently collaborated with Barbados R&B star Shontelle.
Hanne has been helping to raise awareness of the work at Babel Guesthouse both here and at home in Norway, having appeared in no less than seven newspapers in her homeland this week.
The star returns to Norway to begin a hectic three months working the country’s version of hit TV talent show The Voice.
Despite her brief stint in town and packed do-gooding schedule, she did manage to fit in some sights, explaining how she got in as many temples as she could on her last day and fell asleep at the Butterfly Centre.
But the most lasting memory for the star from her time in Temple Town won’t be the rubbish she collected, the temples she visited or the songs she sang.