Carrie Bickmore breaks down on-air

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An emotional Carrie Bickmore broke down on-air yesterday, after she was surprised with an in-studio appearance by one of her favourite singers on the HIT Network’s Carrie & Tommy show.

British pop-soul singer Raye, now touring Australia, was in the studio with radio host Tommy Little as he explained that co-host Bickmore is such a fan, “three of her top five” songs on Spotify last year were by the singer.

“[Carrie] had a crap week last week and we thought, instead of telling her that you’re going to be here, we could make it a surprise,” he revealed, as a blindfolded Bickmore was led into the studio.

“Hi Carrie, how are you doing? I just want to thank you for having great taste in music,” Raye told Bickmore, who almost immediately realised who was speaking to her.

“I know who this is and I love it so much!” she said, removing her blindfold.

The pair then shared an emotional moment as a snippet of Raye’s powerful ballad Ice Cream Man played:

“Cause I’m a woman

I’m a very f***ing brave strong woman

And I’ll be damned if I let a man ruin

How I walk, how I talk, how I do it”

“It’s making me cry! It makes me absolutely so emotional when I’m having a s**t day – and there’s a lot of them – I’m like, ‘F**k you,’” a teary Bickmore shared of her connection to the song, in which Raye details the challenges she’s faced as a woman in the music industry.

Raye explained that the song is about a lot of “tricky” subjects: “Trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, the ‘r’ word … all these things I find really uncomfortable to talk about.”

She also said that often she’s “absolutely a mess” when she performs the song live.

“I’m talking about in that song some of the ugliest experiences I’ve ever had – but I get to make something beautiful out of it,” Raye said, describing the song as “medicine” to her.

Raye performs a sold-out show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre tonight in the first stop of her Australian tour, playing her own solo shows and headlining the Laneway Festival.