The Delta Goodrem-hosted concert event has had to be rebranded for its 2021 iteration, in order to avoid confusion with the deadly Delta Covid variant that shut down most of Australia this year.
Channel Nine have this year named the December 11 program ‘Christmas with Delta Goodrem’ instead.
The Musical Entertainment Program will showcase the lineup of Australian and international stars such as Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Imbrulia, Cody Simpson and Shepherd. There will also be a silent night performance with didgeridoo and Paul Kelly with Mitch Tambo. Paul Kelly also sings his own Christmas masterpiece, “How To Make Gravy.” Delta will also duet with Take That lead singer Gary Barlow and British R & B crewer Craig David.
Channel Nine named the December 11 program this year ‘Christmas with Delta Goodrem’ instead.
The rebranding comes after Goodrem said she was quietly delighted that the newer Omicron variant is now the name on everyone’s lips. The Born to Try star admitted last Thursday that she was relieved that she was no longer synonymous with the virus.
Delta told Sunrise that while she was “not happy” that the pandemic was continuing, she was happy to see fewer negative headlines bearing her name.
‘Definitely, let’s move on. I don’t want to hear about this terrible Delta!’ she told hosts David ‘Kochie’ Koch and Natalie Barr.
‘Get rid of her, get rid of her,’ she added. ‘I was here first!’
Natalie observed it ‘must’ve been hard’ hearing her name in the news every day when Delta was the most prevalent Covid strain.
‘It was definitely confusing to watch you guys in the morning, when I’m getting up I’d hear “Delta danger” or “Delta out of control” and I’d be like, “What? What?”‘
The former Neighbours star joked that she’d sometimes react to breaking news bulletins with: ‘What did I do? What happened?’
New role: It comes after Delta was announced as Revlon’s first-ever Australian ambassador.
The singer said she was ‘incredibly humbled and excited to be working with the global makeup company.