Ellie Goulding responds to criticism over AFL performance

SINGER Ellie Goulding has come out firing and shot down claims she was lip-synching in her plagued performance at the AFL Grand Final.

The British song bird was left walking awkwardly on stage at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, apparently after having trouble with her backing track.

Criticism quickly flowed on social media, but Goulding defended her performance and gave some explanation as to why it took her about 30 seconds to begin singing “Love Me Like You Do”.


“Incidentally the sound guy who pressed playback twice and triggered both band tracks simultaneously is nowhere to be seen… ??” she posted on Twitter.

The stunning blonde also gave herself credit for battling through illness to “give everything for Oz”.

“Considering I had no voice yesterday and a sleepless night because of the meds I would say it’s been a good day 🙂 thanks for the love x”

“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.”

Grand final entertainment producer Michael Gudinski backed up the claims in a statement to the media.

“Ellie performed live vocals to a backing track. This is a very common practice for performances in situations such as the Grand Final,” he said.

“Unfortunately a technical issue at the start of Ellie’s performance caused a brief hiccup but Ellie went on to prove just how much of a superstar she is, belting out two of her massive hits.”

Just a few years back American rocker Meatloaf copped major backlash for his dismal performance at the same event.

Some fans have called on the AFL to up the ante on the back of the technical issues.