Malcolm Turnbull Is Copping It For Not Knowing The Lyrics To ‘You’re The Voice’
Written by Emmy Mack on 13th April, 2018
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull‘s approval rating has hit an all time low, at least as far as Twitter is concerned, after he was reportedly caught on camera at the Commonwealth Games stuffing up the lyrics to the John Farnham classic ‘You’re The Voice’.
During last night’s swimming finals, the Aussie anthem started blasting over the speakers and our PM was allegedly busted by broadcast cameras trying to bluff his way through the iconic lyrics: “How loooooooooong can we look at each other, down the barrel of a gun?”
But punters saw right through his awkward mumbling, and Twitter is having none of it:
Does Malcolm Turnbull really not know the words to “You’re the Voice”?
— Joel Dry (@JoelDry9) April 10, 2018
Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t know the words to John Farnham’s You’re the voice grounds for instant removal as Prime Minister #GC2018
— Mitch (@M_1tch) April 10, 2018
Malcolm Turnbull arm in arm with the swim team, unable to sing You’re the Voice. I’m not sure if this is the most or least Australian thing I’ve ever seen?
— Karen Lyon (@klioness) April 10, 2018
Watching #CommonwealthGames tonight! Malcolm Turnbull is hanging with our amazing ??swim team?? but not singing along to "You're the Voice"?? Does he not know the words? ???? #CommonwealthGames2018 #Swimming #raininggold
— Kate Morrissey (@katelmorrissey) April 10, 2018
Malcolm Turnbull clearly doesn’t know the words to You’re The Voice. Be surprised if he knew who John Farnham was #GC2018
— Alfa (@Alfonse74) April 10, 2018
Well, Twitter was having some of it…
Personally, I consider the fact Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t know the words to You’re The Voice a redeeming feature.#GC2018
— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) April 10, 2018
Waking up this morning to a PR nightmare — no doubt exacerbated by his 30th straight Newspoll defeat — Turbull was quick to jump on Queensland radio station Nova in a bid to rectify his Farnsy fail.
“I’m sure you’re aware of the speculation surrounding your performance at the swimming last night… do you know the words to ‘You’re The Voice’?” Nova presenters said (via the ABC).
“Well I do but I can tell you there are very good reasons for me not to be singing and it’s got nothing to do with not knowing the words,” Turnbull responded.
He went on to argue that, because he was surrounded by “such beautiful and talented young people” in the stands at the time, “inflicting my singing on them was probably the worst thing I could do”.
Naturally, presenters demanded the PM back himself up with a live-to-air singalong, and after some clear initial hesitation, Turnbull obliged (kinda), talk-singing the chorus line, “You’re the voice try and understand it, make a noise and make it clear!”
“You can see why I’m not a singer!” he added.
It’s not the first time old Malc has copped it for his lack of Aussie music knowledge. A few months back he struggled to name a single AC/DC song during another live radio interview.
If you, like PM, need to brush up on your ‘You’re The Voice’ lyrical knowledge, feel free to do so via the helpful video below.
Photos: Dan Mullan/Getty Images / Rob Maccoll