Katie Noonan ‘nervous’ to sing National Anthem at AFL Grand Final

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Katie Noonan admits she’s ‘nervous’ singing the national anthem at the AFL Grand Final, revealing the only technical issue that could make the performance VERY difficult

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

But George’s former frontwoman has admitted she feels nervous over her rendition of the national anthem at the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne.

The 45-year-old told The Project Friday night: “I’m excited, I’m nervous. I’m instantly excited!’

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

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

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

Due to the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, there is a three second delay in sound.

“It’s tricky, by the time I can ‘rejoice’ they start with ‘Australians,'” she explained.

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

Katie will have to rely on her in-ear monitor, which will give her her own voice back in real time.

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

Katie will have to rely on her in-ear monitor, which will give her her own voice back in real time

Katie will have to rely on her in-ear monitor, which will give her her own voice back in real time

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Noonan’s rendition of the national anthem has been 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 pre-match entertainment during the Grand Final.

During the halftime show, Australian rock band Goanna will perform 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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