Racing fans react to Delta's Melbourne Cup performance: 'National treasure'

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Aussie superstar Delta Goodrem had plenty of fans talking after her show-stopping performance at the Flemington racecourse for the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

The Victoria Racing Club ambassador was one of the headline acts of the pre-race entertainment putting on an enthusiast show for viewers at home, as well as the lucky 10,000 strong crowd allowed to be in attendance at the racecourse.

Delta Goodrem at Melbourne Cup
Delta Goodrem wore bright orange to perform at the 2021 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Getty

Delta's performance kicked off with a pre-recorded segment of her in a paddock at Twin Hills Stud in Cootamundra in NSW, singing her song Keep Climbing on a grand piano.

She then came out on stage wearing a bright orange dress complete with shoulder pads and cape, and sang a medley of her best tunes, with the aide of back-up singers and dancers wearing an orange neck scarf.


Reactions on social media were overwhelmingly positive - with the odd joke about the Covid Delta strain - and most loved the pop star's performance.

"Delta is a national treasure," was one excited reaction.

"I want more Delta! She was amazing," another fan wrote on Twitter.

Delta Goodrem on stage during 2021 Melbourne Cup
She sang a medley of power ballads for the crowd. Photo: Getty

"Delta absolutely killed this performance! Makes me so excited for tour next year," another agreed.

And her outfit also gained plenty of praise, with one person commenting: "Delta looks good though."

A few did share their confusion at the styling of the performance, particularly Delta's back up performers, with some likening the look to a Jetstar cabin crew uniform.

"Delta Goodrem and the Jetstar flight crew for entertainment. Interesting," one person commented.

While another mused: "Is Delta Goodrem's performance sponsored by Jetstar?"

Delta Goodrem performs during 2021 Melbourne Cup Day
Delta Goodrem’s Melbourne Cup performance at Flemington got a mixed reaction from viewers. Photo: Getty

Delta had a costume change before her performance. Earlier in the day the star donned a bright yellow and pink jumpsuit which featured a large pink bow. 

She matched her ensemble with an oversized pink hat. 

Delta Goodrem during 2021 Melbourne Cup Day
Earlier in the Delta Goodrem wore this bright jumpsuit. Photo: Getty

She was one of a host of Aussie celebrities who attended the event at Flemington racecourse, including Candice Warner, Studio 10's Sarah Harris, while Melissa Leong looked glam with a black midi dress and bright pink shrug and black and pink headband.

Michelle Payne, the only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, went for a bold look with a green halter-neck dress with a statement headpiece.

Check out more of the best fashion from the Melbourne Cup here. 

The race itself was won by Verry Elleegant, who made history to claim the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

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