When Jessica Mauboy didn’t take the stage for her National Anthem performance at the Melbourne Cup earlier this week, rumours naturally began circling as to why backup singer Nadia Aya took her place with under a minute’s notice.
While Jessica’s rep ambiguously said she faced issues with “clothing and preparation”, a widely believed explanation was that the singer refused to wear shoes by the race’s official sponsor, Myer, thanks to suggestions by 2GB radio’s Alan Jones.
After a public apology by Jessica on Facebook, which still neglected to address the wardrobe rumours, the Australian Idol alum has opened up to The Daily Telegraph about what really happened on the day. A panic attack. (more…)