AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan leaves Australian singer Delta Goodrem BREATHLESS on dance moves
‘Glitter-toed’ AFL boss leaves Delta Goodrem gasping for Dirty Dancing-style moves after the footballing world lost its mind over his ‘thrilling’ rendition of the national anthem
- AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan teamed up with Goodrem for an impromptu dance
- Goodrem was at the MCG on Friday to play and sing the national anthem
- The pop icon was twirled and dipped by McLachlan as she sang
- Footy fans raved about Goodrem’s ‘moving’ performance
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan gave his best impression of Patrick Swayze after Friday’s final; leaving Delta Goodrem breathless after twirling and drenching the Aussie singer during an impromptu dance.
Goodrem was performing one of her signature songs for a crowded MCG function room before the Lions vs Demons clash before McLachlan intervened to make sure she wasn’t wandering around the room alone.
A surprised and delighted Goodrem continued to sing ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ as the footy boss twirled the singer around with expert precision.
He then left her breathless – summoning memories of iconic film performances by Swayze and Kevin Bacon in Dirty Dancing and Footloose respectively – plunging her with one arm as she was mid-note.
Delta Goodrem and AFL boss Gillon McLachlan had an impromptu dance ahead of an AFL final
It drew laughs and a small bow from Goodrem as the crowd warmly enjoyed the impromptu performance with the outgoing AFL CEO.
Goodrem took to social media to thank McLachlan for the “good fun”, while a leading pundit called the down-to-earth footy boss “glitter toes” for his deft dance moves.
One fan, who filmed the hilarious scene, said it could well turn out to be the “highlight of the AFL final”, although many passionate football fans are a bit more skeptical given the amazing stunning victory for the Lion on Friday night.
Gillon McLachlan and his wife Laura. McLachlan steps down as AFL CEO at the end of this season to spend more time with his family
The dance will be one of his last acts as CEO of the AFL, after a 20-year career with the organization.
McLachlan announced in April this year that he would be stepping down from the top gig because it was the “right move for his family”, with a new CEO yet to be named.
Goodrem herself is no stranger to Australian rules.
His 33-year-old brother Trent had a long and successful career for the SANFL Central Districts; and was part of the Swans development squad for a time.
Delta Goodrem delighted fans during the Demons vs Lions final on Friday night at the MCG
Goodrem previously sent the footballing world into turmoil with his ‘stunning’ rendition of the anthem ahead of the final clash.
The slower acoustic version was full of emotion and heart from the nine-time ARIA winner, and came after the stadium stopped to observe a minute’s silence following the death of Queen Elizabeth II .
Magpies star Mason Cox, watching from home ahead of his side’s win over Fremantle on Saturday, simply wrote ‘god’, tagging Goodrem as he expressed his shock at the quality of the performance.
Former Eagles premiership winner Will Schofield was equally impressed, writing: ‘Just thinking about Delta’s National Anthem performance is about as good as you’ll see. never. It was good.
Even Lions coach Chris Fagan couldn’t get enough!
Brisbane Lions manager Chris Fagan was a huge fan of Goodrem’s rendition of the anthem
Delta Goodrem, pictured recently in the United States, returned home after a long tour
Simply put, football fans lost their minds how good the rendering was.
“I sat down for God Save The Queen, but I stood up for Delta Goodrem. I’m not a total freak,’ one fan tweeted.
“Can we please make Delta sing the anthem all the time from now on!” @AFL’ commented for a sec.
“One of the best renditions of the anthem I’ve ever heard,” praised a third.
Another fan described Delta’s performance as “breathtaking,” while another wrote, “Delta’s national anthem performance is about as good as you’ll ever see.
Fans flocked to social media to say how impressed they were with Goodrem’s performance of the national anthem
Footy fans were quick to praise Goodrem for a performance that ‘warmed hearts’
The 37-year-old singer recently returned to Australia after three months abroad where she supported the Backstreet Boys on the North American leg of their tour.
The pop icon also made an appearance in the latest trailer for Luxe Listings Australia’s third season, which was released on Tuesday.
The Innocent Eyes star is looking for something bigger than her current $4.85 million two-bedroom apartment.