Hot on the promo tour for her single Alive, Sia graced Ellen and The Voice US to perform the soaring ballad, bringing back young dancer Maddie Ziegler for the first time since performing in the video for Big Girls Cry, from Sia’s previous album 1000 Forms of Fear.
Her first single from her new album This Is Acting has reached number 10 on Australian charts, but has failed to reach the highs of her previous singles overseas. Yet her performance on Ellen especially should ignite some hype with Ziegler’s appearance, who came to attention on talent show Dance Moms, before beying employed by Sia to perform in the video clips for her three single from 1000 Forms of Fear, including chart-topping Chandelier and Elastic Heart, also featuring Shia LeBeouf, which earned some un-deserved controversy from critics.
Ziegler doesn’t appear in the official video for Alive, nor in the cover art for her new album This Is Acting, but this performance heralds a welcome return – there’s a potent chemistry between the two. Sia is cloaked beneath a large black dress per her usual pledge of anonymity, yet Ellen has hinted that Sia may reveal her face on TV for the first time since her rise to global prominence. Maddie is dramatic and visually stunning as always, cavorting around the stage, even shattering a window in the process.
Sia is similarly hidden beneath her black and white bob in her performance on The Voice, albeit without Maddie – garnering a standing ovation from the crowd and the superstar judges.
Those artists might be regretting that decision right about now.
Sia’s new album This Is Acting is set for release on January 29.