Will Young was not the lead singer for We Are The Champions with Queen at the Golden Jubilee | Music | Entertainment


In 2002, the country celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen after 50 years on the throne. One of the highlights was Party at the Palace, with performances by Paul McCartney, Elton John and Queen. Brian May kicked off the concert by playing God Save the Queen on his electric guitar from the rooftop of Buckingham Palace.

Brian and Roger Taylor then took on the role of Queen later that night with different singers on each song.

The duo debuted with Radio Ga Ga, which Roger sang while Genesis legend Phil Collins took over on drums.

Brian then sang We Will Rock You accompanied by actors from the Queen musical of the same name.

They were then joined on stage by recent Pop Idol winner Will Young, who sang We Are The Champions, before three of the We Will Rock You cast played Bohemian Rhapsody.

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But now Will has admitted he wasn’t the first choice to sing We Are The Champions, having been roped up at the last minute.

Speaking on Magic Radio Breakfast, the Pop Idol winner said, “I wasn’t supposed to sing We Are the Champions but Phil Collins didn’t want to do it, he was too busy playing the drums.

“So at the last minute… they were like, ‘Phil Collins would love you to sing with Queen’ and I was like ‘What ?! What happened to my life? “

The singer even remembers struggling to rehearse, being the only other artist to swear on stage other than Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne.

While on the possibility of being a Pop Idol judge, Will said, “Yeah. I had serious corrective surgery before, so people were like, ‘Oh my god he hasn’t aged at all.’ , but in a frightening way.

“I had a bit of Botox once, but I didn’t like it. I was smiling and it kind of lifted my face.

“It was a few years ago, but if Pop Idol came back, I would go head-on. New face, new name. I would come back as Simon Cowell.

You can listen to Magic Radio Breakfast every morning of the week from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. here.


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