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Watch Olympian Dominic Clarke's 'spectacular' The Voice Australia audition

"I'm a robot on the trampoline but here you're getting 100 percent me," Dominic told the show's judges after his audition.

2022-04-22

Words: Alastair James; pictures: YouTube and Instagram/@_domclarke

The Australian Olympian, Dominic Clarke, has proven he's a man of many talents after a sensational first audition for The Voice Australia.

The trampolinist's rendition of Sam Fischer's 'This City' won over all the judges who all turned their chairs within 45 seconds!

Dominic, 25, who identifies as gay and queer, received a well-deserved standing ovation following the blind audition.

Afterward, as he explained that music is his "escape" one of the judges, Guy Sebastian, noticed the Olympic ring tattoo on his forearm, which further shocked the panel. 

"It does make sense though," says Guy. "Knowing that you've competed on world stages, how you handle that pressure."

Dominic then earnestly admits that the audition was scarier claiming, "This is my soul. "I'm a robot on the trampoline but here you're getting 100 percent me."

Making her case to be his coach Rita lauded Dominic's performance as "spectacular".

Rita's fellow judges Keith Urban, Jessica Mauboy, and Guy land similar praise on Dominic as they pitch themselves to be his coach. The Olympian eventually chooses Rita Ora.

Posting on Instagram afterward Dominic thanked all the coaches for turning. 

"What a wild ride! Thank you to absolutely everyone who was a part of this journey, thanks to @thevoiceau coaches for turning and I’m so excited for the journey ahead!" he said.

 
 
 
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In a later post, he thanked Sam Fischer for the song adding, "you are a dream and I’m so honoured I got to sing it on this stage." 

 
 
 
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Dominic reached the final of the men's individual trampoline event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he finished eighth.

He came out publicly last June.

At the time he told OutSports: "I’m very grateful that I have the support and opportunity to compete as my unapologetically queer self on the Olympic stage. If I can inspire just one other queer athlete to feel more comfortable and safe in their chosen sport, then I’ve done my job as a Pride ambassador."

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