Jess paints new por­trait

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - / ANNA BRAIN

Anh Do isn’t afraid to ask the hard ques­tions as he paints his star sub­jects.

In a new sea­son of his ABC series, Anh’s Brush With Fame, the comic and painter quizzed singer Jes­sica Mauboy about her aborted per­for­mance of the na­tional an­them at the 2015 Mel­bourne Cup, when she pulled out of singing at the last minute.

De­spite telling me­dia at the time it was a panic at­tack, Mauboy now ad­mits: “I just felt a re­ally bad en­ergy … it was the peo­ple I didn’t con­nect with. I wouldn’t say it was a panic at­tack. It was more … I def­i­nitely felt trapped.”

Mauboy called off her ap­pear­ance as those around her re­port­edly bick­ered over shoes. She calls it “one of the most hec­tic ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve ever had. It’s hard to say no,” she tells Do. “When you just fall into the wrong hands and it’s not where you want to be, and so re­spect­fully for my­self I wanted to stay true to that and not be a part of it at all. For the first time, it was some­thing that I could say no. And that was just com­ing from a place of be­ing real, and be­ing real to my­self.”

Mauboy also shares sto­ries of grow­ing up in Dar­win, and the sac­ri­fice her par­ents made to help her get to the Aus­tralian Idol au­di­tions in 2006, which is where her ca­reer be­gan. In sea­son two of the en­gag­ing show, where Anh paints and in­ter­views in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, we’ll also see su­per­model Me­gan Gale, swim­ming champ Ian Thorpe, vet­eran journo Ray Martin and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cam­paigner Rosie Batty.

WATCH ANH’S BRUSH WITH FAME, ABC, WED­NES­DAY (FROM APRIL 12), 8PM

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