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Cody Simpson performs national anthem at 2022 Melbourne Cup

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Swimming champion and Masked Singer winner Cody Simpson was this year’s unlikely choice to sing the national anthem at the Melbourne Cup today.

Simpson, 26, took the microphone at the drizzly event at Flemington Racecourse this afternoon after a long break from his pop career, with fans unsure of how the Olympic swimmer would fare.

But while it’s been some time since Simpson’s music skills were in spotlight, fans were delighted by the performance, with one even calling it “one of the best renditions of our anthem in a long time”.

He was joined by the Melbourne Gospel Choir.

The On My Mind singer spoke ahead of the massive gig at the race that stops the nation, explaining that while his focus has been swimming lately, music is still a huge part of his life.

He added that he hasn’t closed the book on a future singing career.

“Music’s still a massive part of my life and I train full time, but everybody needs something to help balance them out, and music for me is just that,” he said.

“I still play guitar pretty much every single day to relax, and I certainly will be jumping around back to music once I’m done with the pool.”

Meanwhile, Simpson’s swimming career has gone from strength to strength this year, scoring a spot on the Australian squad for Duel in the Pool against the US after an impressive display at the Commonwealth Games at which he won gold in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay and silver in the 4x100m medley

The golden boy of the pool has also made headlines this year for his relationship with fellow swimming star Emma McKeon.

The loved-up sporting power couple kept the details of their personal lives relatively quiet during the early stages of their relationship, stepping out for the premiere of the Elvis biopic in Queensland in June.

They went Instagram official in July, posting photos of themselves holding hands in Spain.

Men at Work’s Colin Hay sang ahead of Simpson today, with a quirky rendition of iconic hit Down Under, but his performance didn’t elicit quite as positive a response on social media.

Ouch.

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Story Credit: news.com.au

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