Mahalia Barnes steals the show at the NRLW Grand Final


Jimmy Barnes rocked the NRLW Grand Final match on Sunday with a searing medley of his biggest hits. 

The rocker, 66, impressed with a rollicking set before the game between the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium. 

He ripped through his chart-toppers Working Class Man, No Second Prize, Lay Down Your Guns and Good Times. 

Jimmy Barnes (pictured) rocked the NRLW Grand Final match on Sunday with a searing medley of his biggest hits

On the last track, which he originally performed with INXS, he was joined by his daughter Mahalia Barnes. 

Some watching at home were impressed – but others savaged the performance and shared their thoughts on social media. 

‘Not a huge fan of his voice or songs, but you gotta admit the man is an absolute vibe. I didn’t get it until I saw his performance at Gudinski’s memorial, now I do’ one fan wrote. 

The rocker, 66, impressed with a rollicking set before the game between the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium

The rocker, 66, impressed with a rollicking set before the game between the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium

He ripped through his chart-toppers Working Class Man, No Second Prize, Lay Down Your Guns and Good Times

He ripped through his chart-toppers Working Class Man, No Second Prize, Lay Down Your Guns and Good Times

On the last track, which he originally performed with INXS, he was joined by his daughter Mahalia Barnes

On the last track, which he originally performed with INXS, he was joined by his daughter Mahalia Barnes

‘Working class man by Jimmy Barnes tooooo goooood’ another viewer watching at home tweeted. 

‘Jimmy Barnes for the $5 note please’ one said while another added, ‘Gotta love Jimmy Barnes’. 

One fan tuning in to the show quipped: ‘Jimmy Barnes still got it’

Some watching at home were impressed - but others savaged the performance and shared their thoughts on social media

Some watching at home were impressed – but others savaged the performance and shared their thoughts on social media

'Not a huge fan of his voice or songs, but you gotta admit the man is an absolute vibe. I didn't get it until I saw his performance at Gudinski's memorial, now I do' one fan wrote

‘Not a huge fan of his voice or songs, but you gotta admit the man is an absolute vibe. I didn’t get it until I saw his performance at Gudinski’s memorial, now I do’ one fan wrote

'Working class man by Jimmy Barnes tooooo goooood' another viewer watching at home tweeted

‘Working class man by Jimmy Barnes tooooo goooood’ another viewer watching at home tweeted

Others were less complimentary with one writing: ‘Jimmy Barnes is gonna give himself a stroke… not great either…’ 

‘Can we retire Jimmy Barnes please?’ someone else asked while another complained, ‘Jimmy Barnes shocking’. 

‘Get Jimmy Barnes off FFS’ yet another viewer said. 

Others were less complimentary with one writing: 'Jimmy Barnes is gonna give himself a stroke... not great either...'

Others were less complimentary with one writing: ‘Jimmy Barnes is gonna give himself a stroke… not great either…’

'Get Jimmy Barnes off FFS' yet another viewer said

‘Get Jimmy Barnes off FFS’ yet another viewer said

'Can we retire Jimmy Barnes please?' someone else asked while another complained, 'Jimmy Barnes shocking'

‘Can we retire Jimmy Barnes please?’ someone else asked while another complained, ‘Jimmy Barnes shocking’

‘I can tell you now, Jimmy Barnes sounds just as past his use by date now as he did the last 14 times he played the #nrlgrandfinal’ wrote a viewer. 

‘Jimmy Barnes is the reddest person I’ve ever seen let him go lay down’ someone else said. 

 ”AFL get Robbie Williams and all we have is Jimmy Barnes’ – my Dad’ tweeted another. 

A variety of thoughts were shared online by social media users

A variety of thoughts were shared online by social media users

Earlier, Jimmy’s daughter Mahalia stormed the stage at the pre-match entertainment. 

The 40-year-old rocked the stage with a rendition of the Russell Morris classic The Real Thing. 

Accompanied by musicians A.Girl and Emma Donovan, Mahalia showcased her powerhouse vocals. 

Mahalia Barnes (pictured) stormed the stage at the pre-match entertainment

Mahalia Barnes (pictured) stormed the stage at the pre-match entertainment 

Viewers at home were impressed, with many posting their thoughts to social media. 

‘Mahalia Barnes, what a voice! I’m now really hoping for a Barnsey and Barnsey cover of Simply the Best,’ one person wrote. 

‘Her voice might have something to do with. She’s amazing. A chip of the old man’s block,’ another said. 

The 40-year-old rocked the stage with a rendition of the Russell Morris classic The Real Thing before the game between the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium

The 40-year-old rocked the stage with a rendition of the Russell Morris classic The Real Thing before the game between the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels at Accor Stadium 

Accompanied by musicians A.Girl and Emma Donovan, Mahalia, who is the daughter of rocker Jimmy Barnes, showcased her powerhouse vocals

Accompanied by musicians A.Girl and Emma Donovan, Mahalia, who is the daughter of rocker Jimmy Barnes, showcased her powerhouse vocals

Viewers at home were impressed, with many posting their thoughts to social media

Viewers at home were impressed, with many posting their thoughts to social media

‘Wooooooo @MahaliaBarnes killing it on #NRLGF day!’ one more person watching chimed in.   

‘Wow @MahaliaBarnes and Emma Donovan and band, what a great song! Mow ma mow mow ma ma mow mow!’ someone else said. 

Not everyone enjoyed the show however, with others expressing their dissent on social media.   

However there were also mixed reactions online

However there were also mixed reactions online 

‘No disrespect but there @NRL needs to put some serious cash into getting a massive artist for the #NRLGF. Most years the AFL leave them for dead every single time,’ one person tweeted. 

Another person joked that they had blocked their ears while listening to the ‘pre game entertainment for the #NRLGF’. 

‘Can someone get parachute pants off the stage please!!!’ another complained, while one more said, ‘Let’s butcher a classic’. 

'Mahalia Barnes, what a voice! I'm now really hoping for a Barnsey and Barnsey cover of Simply the Best,' one person wrote

‘Mahalia Barnes, what a voice! I’m now really hoping for a Barnsey and Barnsey cover of Simply the Best,’ one person wrote 

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