There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as talent contestants Daniel Shaw and The Koi Boys performed a beautiful and moving rendition of The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice Australia.
The performance was dedicated to the victims of the Christchurch shooting which left 50 people dead and more critical in hospital.
The Koi Boys sobbed as they sang during the tear-jerking performance that left all four coaches — Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland, Guy Sebastian and Boy George — in tears.
It was then revealed that the Gold Coast-based trio had actually been in Christchurch at the time of the attack.
“We were about to do a show and the song we were doing was ‘What a Wonderful World’,” one of the band members said.
A tearful Guy then told them: “As you were about to sing, I could hear you guys sobbing and then you have to sing a song which is why…. it’s why we sing. Because it’s still a wonderful world.”
Boy George added: “It’s a reminder that there’s more love in the world than there is hate and we should always remember that.”
Christchurch was rocked earlier this year when a gunman entered the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and opened fire, before driving about 5 kilometres across town and attacking the Linwood mosque.
A bomb was also found in a car on Strickland Street about 4 kilometres from the Al Noor Mosque. Four people were arrested, but only a 28-year-old Australian man has been charged with murder.
The gunman is thought to have killed 41 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving about 5 kilometres across town and attacking the Linwood mosque, where he killed eight more people. One person died later in a hospital.
This isn’t the first time a group has dedicated a performance to the deadly attacks. In March, Christchurch Girls’ High School and Christchurch Boys’ High School joined forces to show their support for the victims and their families of the terror attacks.
A clip shared on Facebook by photographer Rami Bahaeldin shows students from Christchurch Girls’ High School performing a traditional song on Hagley College in Christchurch city. One member of the Muslim community can be seen hugging one of the girls, clearly moved by the performance.
Students from Christchurch Boys’ High School then perform the haka in a part of the city that has become a place for families and locals to pray and grieve together. The haka is a traditional war cry or challenge in Māori culture, but in modern times it’s also performed on meaningful occasions. It’s one of the highest honours in Māori culture.