Rod Stewart performs One More Time on Graham Norton Show
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The annual Festival of Remembrance will be broadcast on BBC One at 9pm tonight. In the presence of senior royals, Huw Edwards will present the Royal British Legion’s annual event in honour of military personnel, who fought and lost their lives in conflict. The event, which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, will see performances from artists including Alfie Boe, Cynthia Erivo, Gregory Porter, Ramin Karimloo and Alexandra Burke.
Tomos Roberts, who is better known by his internet alias Tomfoolery, will perform a specially commissioned poem to mark the centenary of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
The event will also pay tribute to the 100 years of the Royal British Legion and the support they have given to the armed forces.
Six years ago, Rod took to the stage to perform his single ‘Way Back Home’ at the Festival of Remembrance.
Pixie, who shot to fame with her debut album ‘Turn It Up’ in 2009, sang ‘A Nightingale Sang’ and ‘Kiss me Goodnight Sergeant Major’ at the event.
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However, when the pair took their place in the choir to sing hymns they received online backlash for being “disrespectful”, “rude” and “inappropriate”.
Pixie was pictured sniggering next to Rod throughout the hymns, prompting angry onlookers to take to Twitter to say their piece.
Twitter user Mrs Runciman said: “So disappointed to see Rod Stewart and Pixie Lott giggling their way through the Festival of Remembrance. Disrespectful.”
Kes2611 also said on Twitter: Very rude of Pixie Lott and Rod Stewart to laugh through [the] service.
“My brother died so you could be free. Shame on both of you.”
Twitter user Hannahjaggs_uk added: “Now Pixie Lott isn’t singing the hymn. Why are you there?
“Clearly not an ounce of respect. Disgusting.”
Twitter user Ishyfer also said: “Glad to see Pixie Lott and Rod Stewart getting a slating on here.
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“Totally inappropriate behaviour.”
Despite being panned on social media for their ill-timed laughter, Pixie and Rod were both praised during the festival for their contribution to the charity.
Before introducing the ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ singer Huw told the crowd that Rod had helped arrange for D-Day veterans to revisit the Normandy beaches.
Following the event, Pixie also tweeted out her support for the Poppy Appeal.
She said: “[Love] remembering those who fought for us including my family members.
“Loved meeting those who still are today and their families.”
In 2019 Rod surprised war veterans onboard The British Legion Ship with a performance of his classic hit ‘Sailing.’
The musician serenaded the 300 veterans to mark the anniversary of D-Day.
Ahead of the performance, Rod said: “I have to tell you I’m truly delighted to be coming down to Dover today to send our wonderful, brave soldiers off to the beaches of Normandy.
“Our heroes! It’s going to be a great day.”
Watch the Festival of Remembrance at 9:00pm on BBC One.
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