MISTAKE: Former Rockhampton singer Charlie Bleines.
MISTAKE: Former Rockhampton singer Charlie Bleines.

Anthem error leads to national TV



TWO days after making the mistake of her career, Charlie Bleines has the chance to put things right this morning in front of the entire country.

At 7.45am the former Rockhampton girl will perform the national anthem on Channel 9's Today breakfast program.

The offer came after the 16year-old made a mistake while singing Advance Australia Fair in front of 40,000 cricket fans before the start of the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

But like a true professional the singer refused to let the gaff get her down and kept on singing.

Speaking to The Morning Bulletin yesterday Charlie said she was looking forward to this morning's performance.

"I'm going to sing the national anthem again ... to prove I can do it and to sort of say sorry for the mistake.''

"I'd rather I hadn't made the mistake but it will be a good experience to be on TV.''

She was also interviewed by Sydney radio yesterday afternoon and the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story on the mix-up under the cheeky headline How does it go again?

"Any publicity is good publicity, I guess.''

Charlie's mistake happened halfway through the anthem's seventh line "In history's page, let every stage,'' accidentally singing "In history let us all combine''.

What the 16-year-old had done, it transpired, was mix the line with a similarly placed one in the anthem's lesser known 3rd verse: "With courage let us all combine.''

"It was a nerves thing,'' she explained, "I noticed it when I did it but I just kept on going.''

Charlie lived in Rockhampton and was educated at the Rockhampton Grammar School before moving to Sydney to pursue a singing career a year ago.

She has performed at NRL matches and on Channel 9's The Footy Show and plans to perform at a series of A-grade soccer matches this year before recording her own material.



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