Jimmy Barnes performs with Mahalia at the 2001 NRL Grand Final

Title:
Jimmy Barnes performs with Mahalia at the 2001 NRL Grand Final
NFSA ID:
1498641
Year:
2001
Courtesy:
Channel Nine
Category:
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Channel 9's National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Final coverage on 30 September 2001 featured pre-match entertainment by Jimmy Barnes and his daughter Mahalia performing '(Simply) The Best'.

When it comes to live performances at major sporting events, sometimes keeping it simple is the best approach. 'The Best', originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler in 1988 but made a hit by Tina Turner the following year, has become something of an anthem for the NRL since Jimmy and Tina recorded it as a duet in 1992 (and added the 'Simply' to the title).

Jimmy and Mahalia perform a passionate rendition of the song. Jimmy never seems to give less than 100% whenever and wherever he performs. The sound quality is perfect, helped no doubt by the two singers performing to a backing track rather than a live band. The camerawork is adequate but doesn't need to be fancy, especially since the crew are only required to film two singers on a small stage in the centre of a huge stadium.