Kate Ceberano is not having the best week so far.
It was a big coup for the Australian singer to be asked to perform the national anthem at the AFL grand final this past Saturday, October 3, 2015, but things went haywire when Kate Ceberano botched the lyrics of what is arguably Australia’s most important song.
As the Brisbane Times reported, Kate Ceberano made two mistakes in just one line of Australia’s national anthem: “Advance Australia Fair.”
The correct lyrics are “In history’s page, let every stage” whereas Kate Ceberano can very clearly heard singing completely different words.
“In history’s stage, let every state.”
Watch the video below and see if you can hear it as clearly as we can.
Kate Ceberano then went on to perform the national anthem again at the Caloundra Music Festival in front of seven thousand people, starting with a disclaimer before launching into the song.
“I made a little mistake the other day, and I’ve been paying for it ever since.”
Unfortunately for Kate Ceberano, her “little mistake” was all but repeated when she once again made a mistake in the same line of Advance Australia Fair.
Her attempt was a lot better this time around, but she still saying “on” history’s page, rather than “in.”
It was noted that Kate Ceberano seemed pleased with her revised lyrics, and seemed to act like she was proud that she had finally sung the right words. Brisbane Times reported that Kate Ceberano made a big deal of singing her new revised lyrics to that troublesome line.
“Ceberano grabbed the microphone with purpose and put extra emphasis on the line: ‘On history’s page, let every stage’ she sang, throwing one hand to her side.”
The embarrassment doesn’t end there for Kate Ceberano, unfortunately. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Kate Ceberano was asked to leave the Qantas Lounge on Monday, October 5, 2015, for wearing inappropriate footwear.
Kate Ceberano took to Facebook to complain about the decision.
“Disappointed to be evicted from the Qantas Lounge after being a member since 1990 for wearing ‘inappropriate footwear’? hahaha (new rules)”
Reactions on Facebook were mixed, with some people saying that Kate Ceberano should be allowed to wear whatever she likes in the Qantas Lounge, especially since she performed in a Qantas commercial many years ago.
“Qantas are jerks. After singing in their commercial you should have free entry in thongs for ever!”
Other people, however, didn’t think that Kate Ceberano should receive special treatment, and claimed that the footwear standards were not “new rules,” as claimed by Ceberano.
“They are Havaianas, plastic $16 thongs. Good on them to stick to they rules, which, btw, has been there for nearly a year.”
“Oh please, it’s been well known for ages! Not hard to carry a pair of roll up ballet flats in your handbag, I do!”
Others still were of the opinion that Kate Ceberano’s problems pale in comparison to problems experienced by other people around the world.
“Meanwhile in other world news thousands are dying in war torn countries. First world problems. Get a grip.”
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a spokesperson from Qantas was happy to confirm the strict dress code that applies to all metropolitan domestic Qantas lounges.
“We completely understand that being declined at the door isn’t a great experience, so this is a good opportunity to remind those wanting to use our capital city lounges of the dress code that applies. We’ve always had smart casual dress standards for our lounges, which are similar for those in place for most clubs and restaurants. Over the past year or so, we had clear feedback from lounge members that they wanted these existing guidelines to be applied more rigorously. We reached out to members earlier this year to remind them of the dress standards and had a grace period up until April this year.”
Australians famously don’t appreciate it when celebrities feel that they are above the law (or airline rules, in this case) so it is little surprise that some people were less than sympathetic to Kate Ceberano’s plight. Including the lyrics wrong to Australia’s national anthem was not a good way to start.
Kate Ceberano later tweeted a photo of herself in a much more sophisticated outfit: surely Qantas would approve of this.
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