Charlie?s anthem stops Today show



IF PERFORMING at the SCG was nerve racking the butterflies were surely racing in Charlie Bleines' stomach as she prepared to sing on national TV.

The former Rockhampton girl got the chance to sing the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, on Channel 9's Today program after mixing up a line at the start of the Third Test on Monday.

And the 16-year-old's performance was literally a show stopper with hosts Richard Wilkins and Leila McKinnon standing to attention.

It also silenced her critics, proving not only that she knew the words but could sing it as well as the best of them.

"It felt really good to prove I could do it,'' Charlie said yesterday afternoon.

"I was really nervous before hand when I was in make-up but you sort of forget about the cameras and it was just like I was performing for the people in the studio.''

Charlie also offered a public apology but Wilkins assured her she had nothing to apologise for.

The offer to perform on the program came after an article in Tuesday's Sydney Morning Herald reported she had forgotten the words to the song and made up her own.

But the paper offered an apology yesterday when it was revealed she didn't make up the words but used ones from a later verse.

And the gaffe has proved a productive one for the 16-yearold who as of yesterday afternoon had already been asked to perform at several corporate gigs.

She will perform Advance Australia Fair again on Australia Day, this time in front of a stadium full of soccer fans at a Newcastle Jets game.



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