Out Olympian Dominic Clarke gets standing ovation on The Voice

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Olympian Dominic Clarke has won over all the judges with his first audition on the new season of The Voice Australia.

The trampolinist, who’s gay, performed his rendition of Sam Fischer’s This City on the Channel Seven show.

And within seconds, all the judges had enthusiastically turned their chairs and gave him a standing ovation following the blind audition.

After he’d finished singing, Dominic explained that music is his “escape”. Judge Guy Sebastian noticed his Olympic ring tattoo on his arm.

“It does make sense though,” Guy said. “Knowing that you’ve competed on world stages, how you handle that pressure.”

But the athlete admitted that he was more nervous about the audition.

“This is my soul. I’m a robot on the trampoline but here you’re getting 100 percent me,” he said.

Guy, Jessica Mauboy, Keith Urban, and Rita Ora all praised Dominic for his singing as they pitched themselves to coach him

The Olympian eventually chose Rita Ora, who had described his performance as “spectacular”.

On Instagram, Dominic Clarke thanked all of the judges.

“What a wild ride! Thank you to absolutely everyone who was a part of this journey,” he said.

“Thanks to @thevoiceau coaches for turning and I’m so excited for the journey ahead!”

The Voice Australia is screening on Channel Seven on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Dominic Clarke was a finalist at the 2020 Tokyo Games

The 25-year-old trampoline gymnast is based in Sydney.

Dominic Clarke was one of 11 Australian gymnasts at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Games last year.

Dominic reached the final of the men’s individual trampoline event, and finished eighth.

He came out publicly as gay ahead of the Games, and is also the Pride Ambassador for Gymnastics New South Wales.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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