'We rob someone's daughter': Commonwealth Games opening ceremony highlights

Thursday, 5th April, 2018

The opening ceremony celebrated Australia's beach culture. Photo: AP


IT wouldn't be a major sporting event opening ceremony without a collection of hilarious moments.

And the opening of the Commonwealth Games did not disappoint.

From bored royals to fierce debates over whether performers were lip-synching, Thursday morning's discussion is as much about the opening ceremony highlights as it is about the sports our athletes will compete in.

Here's a few of the best bits from the Gold Coast's big night:

Lip-sync confusion

Christine Anu belted out her hit My Island Home in a throwback to when she helped usher in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Torres Strait Islander has previously spoken about how performing at opening ceremonies makes her extremely nervous.

But that didn't stop social media lighting up with speculation about whether or not the 17-time ARIA Award-winner was lip-synching. Officials quickly killed off the rumours.

Royal disinterest

The opening ceremony performers weren't the only ones to make headlines on Wednesday evening. Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, was caught looking bored while the royals were being introduced.

The cameras spied the Duchess of Cornwall leafing through the official program, much to the delight of social media pundits.

Tonga's opening music

Another cheeky talking point was the background music for the tiny island nation of Tonga.

The 13-member team marched into the stadium to none other than the Divinyls hit I Touch Myself.

Captioning stuff-up

People watching the opening ceremony with close-captions had a bit of a chuckle to themselves when Johnny Farnham's famous lyrics were mangled.

The new captions gave an entire new meaning to You're the Voice, especially given Indigenous Australians have been protesting the games over claims of British imperialism.  The famous lyrics "We're all someone's daughter / We're all someone's son" were changed to "We rob someone's daughter / We rob someone's son".

The Sydney Morning Herald

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