Susan Boyle counts down to her big tour
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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are officially well underway after kicking off yesterday. The start of the games were marked by Naomi Osaka who lit the Olympic flame, celebrating the opening of the 2020 games a year later than planned due to the global coronavirus pandemic. However, one person was involved that viewers seemingly weren’t expecting, in the form of Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle.
Good luck to all of the athletes competing and especially to @TeamGB
Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan’s rendition of The Doves’ Wings to Fly played out to billions watching the opening event around the world.
Susan, 60, could be heard as thousands of paper doves fell from the sky.
The ceremony started with a series of video montages and ended in a countdown and fireworks display, which was applauded by the few journalists and volunteers in the stadium.
A 1970 Japanese folk song, the West-Lothian native belted out the number as part of the Covid-safe ceremony.
Susan Boyle has spoken out after her song was played during the opening ceremony of the Olympics (Image: GETTY)
Susan Boyle wished Team GB good luck in the Tokyo Olympics on social media (Image: TWITTER)
The Sottish star narrowly missed out on being named BGT winner in 2009, after losing to dance troupe Diversity.
However, she shot to fame following the release of her debut album I Dreamed A Dream, which became the UK’s best-selling debut album of all time.
The star’s incredible version of I Dreamed A Dream has over 680 million views on YouTube.
Taking to social media following the event, the singer told her 33,100 followers that she was “honoured” to have been included in the event.
Susan Boyle’s hit played out for millions to to hear during the Opening Ceremony (Image: GETTY)
Susan Boyle’s shot to fame with her debut album I Dreamed A Dream (Image: GETTY)
Susan Boyle’s hit The Doves’ Wings played to mark the opening of the event (Image: PA)
Team GB’s Olympic Performance (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
She also took the opportunity to voice her support for Team GB.
Susan wrote: “It was a true honour to be asked by the #TokyoOlympics to use my song Wings To Fly during the dove release at the Opening Ceremony.
“Good luck to all of the athletes competing and especially to @TeamGB.”
Viewers of the Opening Ceremony were shocked to suddenly hear the BGT finalist, and took to social media to weigh in on Susan’s role.
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One wrote: “Susan Boyle and the Tokyo Olympics are not a pair I would have put together but there we go.”
“That was so beautiful Susan Boyle to hear you sing at the Olympics, a lovely surprise. Beautiful,” said a social media user.
Another penned: “A wonderful honour! Well deserved. Your version of this beautiful song is heavenly!”
While a third added: “What an honour. Congratulations.”
The star has recently been notably absent from the public eye and her 60th birthday in April was a quiet affair due to Covid restrictions.
The BGT singer would have also been classified as high risk to her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
However, in March Susan received her first coronavirus vaccination, describing it as the “light at the end of the tunnel” as urged her followers to do the same.
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are available to watch on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and online.
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