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‘Worse than Meatloaf!’ AFL pre-game entertainment gets VERY mixed reviews

‘Worse than Meatloaf!’ AFL pre-game entertainment gets VERY mixed reviews as Australian acts including Eskimo Joe and John Butler perform homegrown covers


The AFL Grand Final brought out the local Australian talent for a joyful pre-game show. 

The likes of Abbe May, Baker Boy, John Butler, Stella Donnelly, Vikki Thorn, Donna Simpson, Gina Williams, Guy Ghouse, Eskimo Joe, and Colin Hay all commanded the stage, performing a series of Aussie cover songs. 

But not everyone watching at home was impressed, with some calling the musical entertainment ‘worse than Meatloaf’ – referring to American singer Meatloaf putting in a widely panned 12-minute performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Final. 

On stage: The AFL Grand Final brought out the local Australian talent for a joyful pre-game show. Pictured: Eskimo Joe

One person Tweeted: ‘I didn’t think anybody would be worse than Meatloaf… I was wrong’. 

Another chimed in: ‘Did the #AFL really think horrible cover bands for the #AFLGF pregame was somehow an upgrade from Meat Loaf?’ 

Yet one viewer more wrote: ‘What the hell am I watching? This is borderline Meatloaf here.’ 

Locals: The Western Australian band performed covers including the INXS hit Kick

Locals: The Western Australian band performed covers including the INXS hit Kick 

Dramatic! Flames burst around the band at the end of their performance

Dramatic! Flames burst around the band at the end of their performance 

Sing it: Stella Donnelly (pictured) performed another classic, Icehouse's Great Southern Land

Sing it: Stella Donnelly (pictured) performed another classic, Icehouse’s Great Southern Land

Stars: John Butler joined in on Great Southern Land and his own hit, Ocean

Stars: John Butler joined in on Great Southern Land and his own hit, Ocean

Another said: ‘I’m not sure what pre-game entertainment I accidentally just watched but it was possibly worse than Meatloaf. And that’s a big call!’ 

Others would have preferred the American rocker with one Tweeting: ‘Bring back meatloaf’. 

One more person watching at home agreed: ‘What is this s**t! Bring on Meatloaf’.  

Oops! But not everyone watching at home was impressed, with some calling the musical entertainment 'worse than Meatloaf' - referring to American singer Meatloaf (pictured) putting in a widely panned 12-minute performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Final

Oops! But not everyone watching at home was impressed, with some calling the musical entertainment ‘worse than Meatloaf’ – referring to American singer Meatloaf (pictured) putting in a widely panned 12-minute performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Final

One person Tweeted: 'I didn't think anybody would be worse than Meatloaf… I was wrong'

One person Tweeted: ‘I didn’t think anybody would be worse than Meatloaf… I was wrong’

Someone else agreed: ‘This pre match entertainment, makes me miss Meatloaf.’ 

While some were bored and confused by the choice to use cover songs, others appreciated that the entertainment was all home grown. 

‘Nailed it with the pre game entertainment’ one fan said, while another added: ‘Good to see they’re only going with Aussie talent’. 

Happy: While some were bored by the cover songs, others appreciated that the entertainment was all home grown

Happy: While some were bored by the cover songs, others appreciated that the entertainment was all home grown

‘This is the best AFL grand final entertainment. Well done!’ one person was proud to say. 

Someone else Tweeted in agreement: ‘Cover bands doing great Aussie songs. I’ll have that every year.’

Another agreed: ‘Loving the pre game entertainment… For once the audio sounds 100%!!!! Got it right for once’.  

Fun: Baker Boy (pictured) put in a lively performance of Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Fun: Baker Boy (pictured) put in a lively performance of Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head

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