Melissa Thornton has so much energy she's like a human can of Red Bull. Not content with roaming Hong Kong Stadium with a TV crew and entertaining the corporate boxes, this year the Australian is also the creative director for on-pitch entertainment. 'When the going gets tough, you get back to basics,' said the veteran Sevens entertainer. 'And in my case, that's the business of entertainment. I've always seen the Hong Kong Sevens as being about pure entertainment. No other sevens tournament compares for the total package of fun.' Thornton has danced with Kylie Minogue, Shaggy, James Brown and Blondie - 'all in a day's work', she said. She is from the state of Victoria, where she had her own TV show. Her face is known to many around the Sevens. Last year, she did a roving commentary which took a tongue-in-cheek look at fancy dress and featured a brief cameo by New Zealand sevens legend Eric Rush. She'll be doing the same thing again, 'only this year, I will have a wingman, Greg Ewins (pictured), who is a real livewire and has also performed with me in many of the corporate boxes over the years'. So where does this phenomenal energy come from? 'I am a country girl at heart. I've seen my family back in Victoria struggle with the drought over many years and ride out the ups and downs, as have many Australian farmers,' Thornton said. 'But drought, like recession, teaches you two things: You've got to make do and make the best of what you've been given, and you've got to get on with it. I have a theory that you've got to be better than you were the year before in life. This is especially true of rugby in terms of the players and teams, but also the entertainment at the Sevens. I see it as the mardi gras of rugby.' Shifting gears from entertainer to creative director is producing some butterflies. 'It's going to weird for me not to be entertaining, but running the show. We've had to pull out the stops to find over a dozen professional adult dancers of the calibre we need. Through the school I am a partner in, the Island School of Dance, we will have around 160 kids. 'The Sevens has always been a kaleidoscope of colour, and this is reflected in the show and costumes we have put together. 'A good show should have the innate ability to draw out the inner fire in the crowd. As the atmosphere builds, I don't think this will be too hard.' So what can the fans expect this weekend? British entertainer Tomos Griffiths, who starred in Phantom of the Opera in London and currently works at the Venetian in Macau, will be the main attraction. Any more than that, though, and Thornton is sworn to secrecy. 'The HKRFU has asked me to keep mum on the big one we're unleashing on the Sunday,' Thornton said. 'But I will give you a clue, 'Rock the Sevens 09' is the theme. I won't tell you much, but the show will be everything from a toe tapper to a head banger.'