Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes has been confirmed as the headline act for this year’s NRL grand final pre-game show, while daughter Mahalia will do likewise ahead of the NRLW decider.
It will be an all-Aussie music line-up at Accor Stadium on October 2, with the NRL pre-game show also featuring Diesel with special guest Josh Teskey, as well as award-winning indigenous singer-songwriter Emma Donovan.
Eurovision star Sheldon Riley will also perform, as will hip-hop trio Bliss n Eso.
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The NRLW grand final will have its own pre-game show, with Mahalia Barnes joined by A.Girl and Emma Donovan.
Alinta Chidzey, star of Moulin Rouge! will sing the national anthem.
“This end of the rugby league season, you’re seeing the cream of the crop,” Jimmy Barnes told Nine’s Today.
“These guys are the best and toughest in the world. It’s the hardest game in the world.
“I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
Mahalia’s performance comes more than two decades after she performed with her father prior to the 2001 grand final.
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“I’m so thrilled to be a part of this grand final, especially showcasing the NRLW,” she told Today.
“The athletes that are part of the grand final are the elite, and the women are so powerful and incredible.
“It will be great to be back in front of a home crowd. We’ve had a very difficult couple of years for the music industry and for the community, so it will be a great chance for us all to get back together and celebrate sport, music and community.
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