Katie Noonan is arguably one of Australia’s most talented and respected singers.
But the former George frontwoman has admitted she feels 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 suddenly excited!’
The singer said she was focused on not messing up the lyrics.
“The big thing is ‘one and free’, not ‘young and free’. And that upset me,’ she said.
Katie also said there are some technical challenges when you perform in front of 100,000 people.
Due to the size of Melbourne Cricket Ground there will be a three second audio delay.
“It’s difficult until I can be ‘happy’, start with ‘Australians’,” she explained.
“Because of the delay,” she continued. “It’s more than the second, it’s about three.”
Katie has to rely on her in-ear monitor, which gives her her own voice back in real time.
“You just have to listen to it and stay focused while everyone else is singing somewhere else in the song.”
Noonan’s rendition of the national anthem was arranged by Australian composer Chong Lim and is accompanied by 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-game entertainment at the Grand Final.
The halftime show will feature Australian rock band Goanna alongside a range of First Nations artists including Christine Anu and Tasman Keith.