Katie Noonan ‘nervous’ to sing national anthem at AFL grand final


Katie Noonan admits she’s ‘nervous’ to sing the national anthem at the AFL grand final and reveals the one technical issue that could make the performance VERY difficult

Katie Noonan is arguably one of Australia’s most talented and respected vocalists.

But the former George singer admitted she was feeling nervous ahead of her performance of the national anthem at the AFL grand final in Melbourne.

Speaking to The Project on Friday night, the 45-year-old said: “I’m excited, I’m nervous. I’m excited all at once!’

Katie Noonan (pictured) told The Project on Friday she was feeling nervous ahead of her performance of the national anthem at the AFL grand final in Melbourne

Katie Noonan (pictured) told The Project on Friday she was feeling nervous ahead of her performance of the national anthem at the AFL grand final in Melbourne

The singer said she focused on not messing up the lyrics.

“The big thing is ‘one and free,’ not ‘young and free.’ And that threw me,” she said.

Katie also said there were some technical challenges involved in performing in front of 100,000 people.

Due to the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground there will be a three second sound delay.

Katy also said there were some technical challenges that came with performing in front of 100,000 people, including a three-second delay in hearing herself

Katy also said there were some technical challenges that came with performing in front of 100,000 people, including a three-second delay in hearing herself

“It’s tricky, by the time I get to ‘glad’ they start ‘Australian,'” she explained.

“Because of the delay,” she continued. “It’s been more than a second, it’s about three.”

Katie will have to rely on her in-ear monitor to transmit her own voice in real time.

“You just have to listen to that and stay focused while everyone else is singing at a different point in the song.”

Katie will have to rely on her in-ear monitor to feed her her own voice in real time

Katie will have to rely on her in-ear monitor to feed her her own voice in real time

Noonan’s rendition of the national anthem was arranged by Australian composer Chong Lim and will feature the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

“I love it, I think it’s a beautiful song,” she said of the national anthem.

Delta Goodrem and Robbie Williams will provide the pre-match entertainment in the grand final.

The halftime show will feature Australian rock band Goanna alongside a number of First Nations artists including Christine Anu and Tasman Keith.

Noonan's rendition of the national anthem has been arranged by Australian composer Chong Lim and will feature the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Noonan’s rendition of the national anthem has been arranged by Australian composer Chong Lim and will feature the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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