The Melbourne Cup’s most awkward moments REVEALED

The Melbourne Cup is billed as the ‘race that stops the nation’, but it seems the event was one disaster after another this year.

As punters and celebrities alike arrived at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, there were some very awkward moments trackside.

From a dreadful musical performance to a newlywed Bachelor showing up without his wedding ring, there were plenty of bizarre scenes taking place.

Oh, dear! The Melbourne Cup is billed as the 'race that stops the nation', but it seems the event was one disaster after another this year. Pictured: The moment Georgia Love (R) interviewed her ex, Matty Johnson (centre), and his fiancée, Laura Byrne (left), inside The Birdcage

Oh, dear! The Melbourne Cup is billed as the 'race that stops the nation', but it seems the event was one disaster after another this year. Pictured: The moment Georgia Love (R) interviewed her ex, Matty Johnson (centre), and his fiancée, Laura Byrne (left), inside The Birdcage

Oh, dear! The Melbourne Cup is billed as the ‘race that stops the nation’, but it seems the event was one disaster after another this year. Pictured: The awkward  moment Georgia Love (right) interviewed her ex, Matty Johnson (centre), and his new fiancée, Laura Byrne (left), inside The Birdcage on Tuesday

Early in the day, Georgia Love had to awkwardly interview her ex, Matty Johnson, and his new fiancée, Laura Byrne, as a reporter for Studio 10.

It was a rather tense encounter, as Georgia had previously left Matty heartbroken on The Bachelorette back in 2016.

It seemed their conversation was a little uncomfortable, with the the trio pulling a series of animated facial expressions.

Three's a crowd! Georgia's conversation with the couple seemed awkward, after she had previously left Matty heartbroken on The Bachelorette in 2016

Three's a crowd! Georgia's conversation with the couple seemed awkward, after she had previously left Matty heartbroken on The Bachelorette in 2016

Three’s a crowd! Georgia’s conversation with the couple seemed awkward, after she had previously left Matty heartbroken on The Bachelorette in 2016

At one point, Laura pursed her lips and looked rather unimpressed as Georgia held her microphone close to Matty.

After the cameras stopped rolling, Matty and Laura appeared tense as they strolled through The Birdcage.

Earlier on the day, Georgia had been refused entry to Flemington and had to ‘run five kilometres’ to reach her marquee.

She had a rough trot! Earlier on the day, Georgia had been refused entry to Flemington and had to 'run five kilometres' to reach her marquee. Pictured on Studio 10 with Kerri-Anne Kennerley

She had a rough trot! Earlier on the day, Georgia had been refused entry to Flemington and had to 'run five kilometres' to reach her marquee. Pictured on Studio 10 with Kerri-Anne Kennerley

She had a rough trot! Earlier on the day, Georgia had been refused entry to Flemington and had to ‘run five kilometres’ to reach her marquee. Pictured on Studio 10 with Kerri-Anne Kennerley

She revealed on Studio 10 that she ‘wasn’t allowed through the gates’ after arriving by taxi and was forced to complete the journey on foot.

Another awkward moment from the Melbourne Cup came courtesy of former Bachelor Tim Robards, who arrived at The Birdcage without his wife, Anna Heinrich, or his wedding ring.

Unsurprisingly, this resulted in split rumours as racegoers and journalists began gossiping about the pair.

What's going on? Another awkward moment came courtesy of former Bachelor Tim Robards (pictured), who arrived at The Birdcage without his wife, Anna Heinrich, or his wedding ring

What's going on? Another awkward moment came courtesy of former Bachelor Tim Robards (pictured), who arrived at The Birdcage without his wife, Anna Heinrich, or his wedding ring

What’s going on? Another awkward moment came courtesy of former Bachelor Tim Robards (pictured), who arrived at The Birdcage without his wife, Anna Heinrich, or his wedding ring

It was the second time the couple, who met on The Bachelor in 2013 and married last year, had arrived separately to an event during the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Despite Tim, 37, having a home in Melbourne, Anna, 33, had stayed in a hotel on Monday night after flying in from Sydney for the occasion.

However, Anna did appear to be wearing her ring while handing out sashes to winners at Myer’s Fashions on the Field later that day.

Hmm! Anna had spent the night before the Melbourne Cup in a luxury hotel (pictured), while Tim stayed at his home. They later arrived at Flemington Racecourse separately

Hmm! Anna had spent the night before the Melbourne Cup in a luxury hotel (pictured), while Tim stayed at his home. They later arrived at Flemington Racecourse separately

Hmm! Anna had spent the night before the Melbourne Cup in a luxury hotel (pictured), while Tim stayed at his home. They later arrived at Flemington Racecourse separately

Interestingly, Tim did not wear his wedding ring, but he has previously said that he rarely wears it.

‘I was never really a ring kind of guy,’ he said earlier this year, adding that he tends to leave it in Sydney to wear on ‘special occasions’.

Anna’s manager said on Tuesday: ‘They arrived at different times as they’re both working and have different call times. Everything else is nonsense.’

Is everything okay? When the pair finally reunited, they looked rather distant while strolling through The Birdcage

Is everything okay? When the pair finally reunited, they looked rather distant while strolling through The Birdcage

Is everything okay? When the pair finally reunited, they looked rather distant while strolling through The Birdcage

To be a fly on the wall! Another unusual moment came when former WAG Nadia Bartel (right) appeared to have a tense conversation with her friend, Lauren Phillips (left)

To be a fly on the wall! Another unusual moment came when former WAG Nadia Bartel (right) appeared to have a tense conversation with her friend, Lauren Phillips (left)

To be a fly on the wall! Another unusual moment came when former WAG Nadia Bartel (right) appeared to have a tense conversation with her friend, Lauren Phillips (left)

Another unusual moment came when former WAG Nadia Bartel appeared to have a tense conversation with her friend, Lauren Phillips.

The pair, who are both newly single after splitting from their husbands, put on an animated display as they chatted in The Birdcage.

It’s possible the two women were discussing how Nadia’s ex, Jimmy Bartel, had recently gone ‘Instagram official’ with his new girlfriend, Lauren Mand.

Gossip session: It's possible the two women were discussing how Nadia's ex, Jimmy Bartel, had recently gone 'Instagram official' with his new girlfriend, Lauren Mand

Gossip session: It's possible the two women were discussing how Nadia's ex, Jimmy Bartel, had recently gone 'Instagram official' with his new girlfriend, Lauren Mand

Gossip session: It’s possible the two women were discussing how Nadia’s ex, Jimmy Bartel, had recently gone ‘Instagram official’ with his new girlfriend, Lauren Mand

Meanwhile, singer John Paul Young was slammed for his Melbourne Cup performance after he belted out the classic hit, Love is in the Air.

He was booked for the show after U.S. superstar Taylor Swift pulled out of the event due to a ‘scheduling clash’ with her Asia tour.

Viewers accused John of miming, even though he wasn’t, and said the choice of song was bizarre for a horse race.

They weren't impressed! Meanwhile, singer John Paul Young was slammed for his Melbourne Cup performance after he belted out the classic hit, Love is in the Air

They weren't impressed! Meanwhile, singer John Paul Young was slammed for his Melbourne Cup performance after he belted out the classic hit, Love is in the Air

They weren’t impressed! Meanwhile, singer John Paul Young was slammed for his Melbourne Cup performance after he belted out the classic hit, Love is in the Air

‘John Paul Young is producing the worst miming performance of all time,’ one viewer tweeted.

Another said the performance was a huge let-down, writing: ‘Going from Taylor Swift to a nobody like John Paul Young only shows that it’s baby boomers interested in the [Melbourne] Cup.’

Despite citing a scheduling clash as her reason for not attending, it’s widely believed Taylor pulled out due to objections from animal rights activists.

The one that got away! He was booked for the show after U.S. superstar Taylor Swift (pictured) pulled out of the event due to a 'scheduling clash' with her Asia tour

The one that got away! He was booked for the show after U.S. superstar Taylor Swift (pictured) pulled out of the event due to a 'scheduling clash' with her Asia tour

The one that got away! He was booked for the show after U.S. superstar Taylor Swift (pictured) pulled out of the event due to a ‘scheduling clash’ with her Asia tour

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