“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


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The AFL Grand Final brought out the local Australian talent for an upbeat 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 took the stage and performed a range of Australian covers.

Not everyone watching at home was impressed, though, with some calling the musical entertainment “worse than Meatloaf” — referring to American singer Meatloaf who gave a widespread 12-minute performance during the 2011 AFL Grand Final.

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

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

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

Another chimed in: ‘Did the #AFL really think terrible cover bands for the #AFGLF pregame were somehow an upgrade from Meat Loaf?’

Yet another viewer wrote: ‘What the hell am I watching? This is borderline Meatloaf here.”

Another said: “I’m not sure what pre-game entertainment I accidentally watched, but it was possibly worse than Meatloaf. And that is a big task!’

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

Another person watching at home agreed, “What is this! Bring on Meatloaf’.

Oops! But not everyone watching at home was impressed, some calling the musical entertainment “worse than Meatloaf” – referring to American singer Meatloaf (pictured) who gave a widespread 12-minute performance during the 2011 AFL Grand Final

One person tweeted: 'I didn't think anyone would be worse than Meatloaf... I was wrong'

One person tweeted: 'I didn't think anyone would be worse than Meatloaf... I was wrong'

One person tweeted: ‘I didn’t think anyone 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 covers, others appreciated that the entertainment was all homegrown.

“It worked out with the pre-game entertainment,” said one fan, while another added: “Good to see they’re only going with Aussie talent.”

Happy: While some were bored by the covers, others appreciated that the entertainment was all homegrown

Happy: While some were bored by the covers, others appreciated that the entertainment was all homegrown

Happy: While some were bored by the covers, others appreciated that the entertainment was all homegrown

“This is the best entertainment for the AFL Grand Final. Well done!’ one person was proud to say.

Someone else tweeted in agreement: ‘Cover bands making great Australian songs. I get that every year.’

Another agreed: ‘I love the pre-game entertainment… For once the audio sounds 100%!!!! Understood for once.”

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