Watch: Casey Donovan slays NYE with Born This Way

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The magnificent Casey Donovan killed it New Year’s Eve with a banging cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. The iconic singer performed the song for the ABC’s NYE coverage against a backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

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Twitter lit up with tributes for the performance, among them The Project’s Peter Helliar.

“Bloody hell. Casey Donovan tore that apart. A tsunami of pure joy & feels. Now they follow it up with Jimmy Barnes & Flame Trees. Pollen count just got high in my lounge room.”

@vclkyrja tweeted, “Sorry Gaga but born this way is Casey Donovan’s song now.”

Glenn Gibson also added to the applause.

“Good to see proud Gumbaynggir woman Casey Donovan knocking it out of the park on NYE, ABC.”

Casey Donovan

Casey Donovan shot to stardom when she won the second-ever season of Australian Idol in 2004. Since then she’s won Deadly Awards and been nominated for ARIAs. She’s also become a mainstay of the Australian entertainment scene with appearances on numerous television shows and starring roles in stage musicals.

In February 2022, Casey opens in the Dolly Parton musical, 9 to 5 with co-stars Marina Prior and Erin Clare. She spoke to the Daily Telegraph in November about the show.

“It was a movie of the times when it was brought out, and it’s interesting how the world kind of does a full 360 to tell the same story. It’s lighthearted, it’s funny, it’s abrupt, it’s sassy – it’s all of the things.

“Now is the time to get back up on stage, and I can’t wait. We get to transport people in the audience for two and a half hours and just take them out of their heads for a little bit – and that’s what I love about my job – it’s a little bit of fantasy.”

Casey Donovan – Born This Way

Read also: Casey Donovan talks about relationship with girlfriend Renee.

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