Ellie Goulding Sounds Off On Twitter About Her AFL Performance Backing Track Fiasco
Ellie Goulding has something on her mind, and she's speaking up about it.
On Saturday October 3, Goulding, whose forthcoming album Delirium is due out November 6, was set to perform at the 2015 Australian Football League Grand Final in Melbourne, where an unfortunate sound glitch catalyzed what shall henceforth be referred to as #soundguygate.
After walking confidently out onto the arena stage in front of 100,000 impassioned sports fans, the British pop star—looking stunning in a chic white dress, might we add—was all geared up to launch into her hit track, "Love Me Like You Do." However, as Goulding stood with her microphone pressed against the hem of her skirt, a rogue, out-of-beat backing track began blaring from the stage—recorded vocals and all.
As sonic chaos ensues as per the clip above, the talented singer looks back at her band in confusion, the stadium audience growing more and more agitated by the moment. After roughly 30 seconds of bedlam, the music finally cuts off—but by then, the crowd is pissed, booing the star from all angles.
While the track eventually does restart normally and Ellie does get to go about her performance as planned, the artist is, understandably, none too pleased to be facing lip-syncing accusations in light of the event staff's glaring technical failure.
Thankfully, she's voiced her thoughts on the matter on Twitter, venting, "Love it when people think I lip sync—what a rad compliment... Considering I had no voice yesterday and a sleepless night because of the meds, I would say it’s been a good day... I give 100% in my performances even when people don’t give much back. My fans know that. That’s because I love what I do so much... 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 pop artist continued to explain the real reason for the fiasco, revealing that the confusion was actually caused by a sound technician's miscue. "Incidentally the sound guy who pressed playback twice and triggered both band tracks simultaneously is nowhere to be seen," she chided in a seemingly now-deleted tweet. Drag him, girl!
Watch the entire performance, below:
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