State of Origin national anthem from Dylan Wright before NSW vs Queensland at Accor Stadium divides fans

An unusual interpretation of the Australian national anthem for the first game of State of Origin caused deep division among Australians.

After an impressive Welcome to Country by 21-year-old Savannah Fynn from Dubbo, 2024 Australian Idol Winner Dylan Wright took to the small stage for the Advance Australia Fair.

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Instead of the usual pompous and ceremonial musical rhythm that Australians are used to at live events, Wright donned a powder green suit and a guitar and produced an acoustic version of the anthem.

The capacity crowd at Accor Stadium at the Origin opening match took a moment to get used to the new interpretation, but soon seemed to enjoy it. The noise increased towards the end as Wright received a huge round of applause.

However, reactions on social media to the significantly different version were mixed.

SMH sports columnist Peter FitzSimons was one of those who wanted to spark a discussion. He wrote on X: “Um, that rendition of the national anthem? What do you think about it?”

One wrote: “Loved it.”

Another simply wrote: “Horrible.”

Among those who voiced their opinions on the platform, some were dissatisfied with Wright’s interpretation.

“Lousy… we want the anthem to be sung with passion, not like a sleepy ballad!” read one of the posts.

“A disgrace, an embarrassment, an abomination. It’s a national anthem, not a pop song,” wrote another.

“Bro why are they doing an Ed Sheeran remix of the national anthem??” asked a third.

Of course, there were also a lot of positive reactions to a song that normally doesn’t generate much enthusiasm and excitement.

“And THAT’S how you sing the national anthem,” wrote one.

“Probably the best rendition of the national anthem I’ve ever heard,” said another.

“OK, I actually like this acoustic version of the anthem,” was another comment.

Fynn also didn’t miss a beat during her “Welcome to Country,” which was also noticed by some social media users.

“Welcome to Country beats Anthem by a wide margin,” was one opinion.

“What a wonderful welcome to the country from this young woman!” wrote another.

It was a fairly quiet start to what quickly became an explosive match, with debutant Joseph Sua’ali’i being sent off for his high shot on Reece Walsh in the first two minutes before the Maroons built up a 20-6 lead.

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