Goulding was the second artist to hit the stage, following American crooner Chris Isaak, before the opening bounce at the MCG – but her two-song performance may be best remembered for a technical glitch that lit up social media and had many sports fans wondering if the songstress was just miming along to her hit, “Love Me Like You Do”.
In another interview following the AFL drama, the singer stated, “I’m not hurt by any accusations of lip-syncing”.
Goulding’s comment echoes a series of claims made by singer Meat Loaf last month.
“Incidentally the sound guy who pressed playback twice and triggered both band tracks simultaneously is nowhere to be seen”, she tweeted.
The audio was cut, and shortly after, she began performing Love Me Like You Do.
Thankfully, she’s voiced her thoughts on the matter on Twitter, venting, “Love it when people think I lip sync-what a rad compliment…” “I give 100 per cent in my performances even when people don’t give much back”. My fans know that. “Truth be told I’ve been unwell the past week and I could do with a long spell chill but I was determined to give everything for Oz today”.
The AFL Grand Final is a massive sporting event in Australia, on par with the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon or the Grand National.
Grand final entertainment producer Michael Gudinski also refuted claims that Goulding lip-synced.
But was she lip-syncing?
Below, watch Ellie Goulding’s performance, hiccup and all, then see her tweets in defense.
Failing to return in on time, Ellie stood awkwardly in front of the silent audiences before the backing track stopped & re-started at at much louder volume.