Should Kate Ceberano be copping this much flack for her anthem stuff-up? 368



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It’s one of the biggest days on the Australian sporting calendar, the AFL Grand Final, and millions around the country watch as two teams battle it out to win the title. Another highlight of the game is the entertainment and this year audiences saw Chris Isaak and Ellie Goulding perform, but the name on everyone lips this evening has been Kate Ceberano.

The revered Australian singer is regarded as one of our best voices, so it’s no surprise she was given the honour of singing our anthem. But it wasn’t to be her best performance in some peoples’ eyes, and not because she wasn’t singing well…. she accidentally fubbed a line in the anthem.

Guilty as charged to not knowing beyond the second verse of our anthem, and I’m sure many are like me, but it wasn’t one of the lesser known lines in Advance Australia Fair that had Kate tongue-tied.

When she meant to sing “In history’s page let every stage advance Australia fair” but instead she said ‘stage’ twice.

She’s copped so much flack on Twitter, which you can see below, but we think it’s a bit unfair given the pressure she was no doubt under, and getting swept up in the moment.

She responded to the criticism and said she had gotten nervous:

Take a look at the video yourself and tell us, was it just a mistake? Or should she apologise?  

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  1. Can you imagine how nervous any performer would be facing a crowd that large? Media are saying she “forgot the lyrics” – no, she did’t, she just repeated one word twice. And I don’t know the words of the second verse – how many of us here do? She’s a top lady – give her a break.

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  2. @arabella_ya nah. Its just an attempt to hang on to the meatloaf fail. Pathetic Victorian lameness. Carn RUGBY and NRL

  3. No apology needed she sang beautifully if people gonna winge about a word go find something to do your voice and song was beautiful to listen to

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    • Agree they need to go do something about their life, what’s wrong with people they attack at the slightest thing.

    • Oh dear, the pathetic little lives of some people. For what should Kate apologise? Her performance was strong, her voice as good as ever (despite the conditions) and I am sure 98,600 people greeted it with a roar! I heard her on the TV and took no notice other than to think what a fabulous artist she has been for so many years. Bravo, Kate!

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