Australian Idol winner Royston Sagigi-Baira reveals what really happened during his chaotic finals performance – while judge Kyle Sandilands offers sage advice
- Royston’s performance on Sunday got off to a shaky start due to technical problems
- Audio problem meant the studio audience couldn’t hear for the first few seconds
- Judge Kyle Sandilands said on radio Monday that he had ‘crushed it’ after all
- “That’s what happens when you’re live,” he added
Australian Idol winner Royston Sagigi-Baira has revealed what really happened on stage during his gaffe-ridden live performance at Sunday night’s final.
Royston seemed to forget the words while performing his debut single Invincible after being seen confused about the lyrics and muttering.
But the 23-year-old told KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O on Monday this was not the case.
He explained that there was a problem with the audio that prevented the studio audience from hearing the first few seconds of his performance.
Royston could hear perfectly through his earphones and was confused when the audience and other participants started saying there was a problem with the audio.
Australian Idol winner Royston Sagigi-Baira (pictured) has revealed what really happened on stage during his blunder-ridden live performance at Sunday night’s final
“I could hear well in my in-ears. That’s why I didn’t hear there was no sound,” he said.
His behavior looked strange to viewers at home because the audio issue had no impact on the television broadcast, he explained.
“I thought for a moment, ‘Oh, maybe we can do it again.’ But then I realized this was live television!’ he admitted.
Radio presenter Kyle Sandilands, who was a judge on Australian Idol, praised Royston for taking the blunder and “crushing” the rest of his performance.
“That’s what happens when you’re live. Even if it robbed you of your moment, kinda technical [thing]that will happen both during and next to your career,’ he advised.
“It wouldn’t be the first time there’s been a technical problem and it won’t be the last.”
Speaking to Kyle & Jackie O on Monday, Royston explained that there was a problem with the audio that prevented the studio audience from hearing the first few seconds of his performance.
Kyle Sandilands (pictured), who was a judge on this year’s Australian Idol, praised Royston for taking the blunder and “crushing” the rest of his performance
Royston’s performance of his winner’s single got off to a shaky start.
He seemed visibly confused as he muttered some of the first verse lyrics, before muttering, “What?”
Moments earlier, 15-year-old runner-up Phoebe Stewart had stumbled down the stairs as she approached the hosts for the final decision.
Royston hurried to help her up, and the teen took it upon himself, joking that someone should make a meme out of the embarrassing moment.
Moments before, Phoebe Stewart, the 15-year-old runner-up, had tripped down the stairs as she approached the hosts for the final decision