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This article was written on 18 Feb 2012, and is filled under Week in review.

Tweeps mourn The Voice, talk Labor leadership and worry about the Death Star

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The world mourned singer Whitney Houston this week. Source: www.whitneyhouston.com

The death of singer Whitney Houston dominated social media conversation in Australia this week and focused attention on the Grammy Awards as the music industry mourned the loss of “The Voice”.

Houston was found dead in her California hotel room on Saturday. She was only 48.

Her death marked the tragic end to a singer that had transformed pop music during the 1980s but later fell victim to recurring bouts of substance abuse.

The top Twitter keyword in Australia was “Whitney”, while the hashtags “#whitneyhouston” and “#grammys” dominated local tweep conversations, according to social media news site thewall.com.au.

Australians expressed their sadness at the death of the one-time “Queen of Pop”, reminisced about their favourite songs and closely tracked how performers at the Grammys paid tribute to Houston.

Related topic: Houston happy in days before death

Singers seemed especially aware of the vocal talent the world had lost with pop star Guy Sebastian tweeting: “Re Whitney i am so sad.. She was beautiful and an incredible talent. RIP

The Grammys, held the day after Houston died, featured many tributes but few as spine-tingling as singer Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of Houston’s classic “I will always love you”.

Closer to home, political tragics were entranced when ABC’s flagship current-affairs show, Four Corners, dropped the bombshell claim that staffers in Julia Gillard’s office began drafting her leadership acceptance speech two weeks before her successful coup against the then prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly said she never planned to challenge Mr Rudd.

Related topic: Gillard speech drafted before Rudd ouster

Australian tweeps made heavy use of the hashtags “#auspol”, “#4corners” and “#qanda” as they dissected, politely and otherwise, the ramifications of the allegations.

Ms Gillard did not assist matters with what was widely viewed as a fumbling appearance on Four Corners.

The co-host of The Today Show, Lisa Wilkinson, summed up the thoughts of many: “Kevin Rudd declined the invitation to speak to#4Corners, the PM did. Think we know who won that round.

Meanwhile, the attitude of two contestants on the new season of My Kitchen Rules, Peter and Gary, inspired a frenzy of angry tweets using the hashtag #mkr.

Rounding the week up was tongue-in-cheek concern over a NASA photo of what appeared to be the Death Star entering our solar system.

As journalist Anna Watanabe wryly tweeted: “Looks like I need a crash course in ‘How to defeat The Force’… The Death Star is here!

Edmund Tadros is the editor of The Wall (thewall.com.au, thewall.com, thewall.co.uk)

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