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Bradford's Kimberley Walsh to sing official Olympic duet
Bradford pop princess Kimberley Walsh has teamed up with the nation’s top tenor Alfie Boe to record the official song for the 2012 London Olympics, it was revealed last night.
Kimberley will perform the song – a re-make of Queen’s hit One Vision – in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge next week.
Joined by the Youth Music Voices choir, she and Alfie Boe will perform the song in public for the first time at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, the day the single is released.
The performance will take place at ‘Our Greatest Team Rises’, an official launch party marking the final countdown to this summer’s Games. The special Olympics 2012 event will be attended by Prince William and his wife Catherine, as well as a host of Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes, past and present.
Described as “the official Team GB and Paralympics GB song”, the single is being released by Decca Records, in association with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association.
Kimberley, of Allerton, shot to fame with chart-topping girl group, Girls Aloud and has had four Number 1 singles and two Number 1 albums, selling more than ten million records worldwide.
Girls Aloud was put together on TV show Popstars the Rivals. This year is the band’s 10th anniversary, and Kimberley has revealed that the girls are “starting to talk about plans” for a reunion.
“We will definitely be doing something to mark it, we’re not sure what yet,” she said. “It’s crazy looking back, like seeing your life flash before your eyes. You think, ‘How did this all happen?’ “It’s been such a busy ten years, it will be nice to get back together and share all our experiences, both as a band and the ones we’ve had on our own.”
Alfie Boe has sung lead roles in operas worldwide and most recently led the cast of Les Miserables at the 25th anniversary performances in London’s 02 Arena. His last two studio albums reached the Top Ten in the UK album charts and went platinum.