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Robbie Williams rocks AFL Grand Final pre-match entertainment with Delta Goodrem and Shane Warne tributes, but no Kylie Minogue

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A tribute to Shane Warne and John Farnham, bagpipes and a sparkling disco ball enlivened with a pre-match musical performance by British singer Robbie Williams.

Williams joined Delta Goodrem in front of tens of thousands of fans preparing for the 2022 AFL Grand Final between Geelong and Sydney – the MCG’s first Grand Final in three years.

Williams was rocked as a headline performer in July, at the time, ‘G.

He and the AFL were teasing a star-studded line-up for entertainment for the rest of the finals.That led to rumors that Kylie Minogue might join in the weeks leading up to the match. at Goodrem.

Fireworks and a moving stage were the highlights of the show.(AAP: Joel Caret)

After Welcome to Country by Uncle Colin Hunter Jr., the first musical act of the day was, of course, Mike Brady performing Up There Cazaly. It wouldn’t have been the Grand Final at G without him.

Dressed in hot pink, Williams began her set on a gold podium that lowered to the ground.

As he performed his hit “Let Me Entertain You,” surrounded by gold-encrusted dancers, he made his way to the stage in the middle of “G.”

Robbie Williams ferries across the football ground during a live performance.
Williams was carried across the ground by the moving parts of the stage.(AAP: Joel Caret)

Despite some technical issues, some backup singers’ mics were turned off to introduce rock DJs during the call-and-response, but Williams and his spandex-covered dancers kept the crowd going. directed the

Robbie Williams dances on stage with performers in shiny silver costumes.
The combination of carefully choreographed stagework and singing saw a grand final act that many described as one of the greatest of all time.(channel seven)

Ahead of the new album track “Lost (XXV),” Williams told the audience that they would get through the “obligatory new song” together.

After an enthusiastic performance of Feel, he dedicated his next song, Angels, to cricketer Shane Warne, who died unexpectedly this year.

“I love Warney,” Williams said of a friend who called him “one of Australia’s greatest rock stars.”

It’s the second time this year that a performance of the song has flowed across the G, and Williams dedicated a video performance of the song to Warne at his state funeral.

As another nod to Australiana, he covered John Farnham’s You’re the Voice, which he called Australia’s unofficial national anthem.

A bagpipe band joined the chorus as archival images of Fernsey flooded the screen.

Robbie Williams and Delta Goodrem perform at the 2022 AFL Grand Final pre-match show.
Delta Goodrem joined Robbie Williams to sing “Kids,” a duet released by Williams and Kylie Minogue in 2000.(Getty Images: Quinn Rooney)

Williams welcomed Delta Goodrem to the stage to perform his 2000 hit, Kids, a duet with Minogue.

Wearing a shiny hot pink jumpsuit that was more eye-catching than Williams’ own outfit, Goodrem held her own during the song that ultimately put Kylie rumors to rest.

G Flip, Goanna and Temper Trap at halftime

With Geelong up 36 points at half-time, Cats supporters were able to sit back and enjoy a roll call of Australian artists performing a medley of decades-old hits.

The Temper Trap performed 2009’s iconic track Sweet Disposition and gave it a twist in 2022, featuring young artists Budjerah and Ngaiire.

Entertainer G Flip continued the throwback with an energetic cover of Jet’s 2003 song Are You Gonna Be My Girl, singing while playing drums in his signature style.

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