Sunday 19 November 2017

'Gad Save the Queen' - Alesha Dixon heckled for singing British national anthem in American accent

Alesha Dixon and Lewis Hamilton. Pic: Alesha Dixon/Twitter
Alesha Dixon and Lewis Hamilton. Pic: Alesha Dixon/Twitter

Kat Brown

Many British and Irish pop singers fall into the trap of americanising their singing voice, but few do it while singing the British national anthem.

Formula One fans watching the British Grand Prix at Silverstone were bemused by two things: that Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon was singing the national anthem, and that she was doing so in a pronounced US accent.

Dixon also confused the words, singing "God save our Queen", rather than "the" Queen.

The former Mis-Teeq singer's a capella rendition was greeted with great mirth on Twitter.

Viewers also questioned why Dixon, who had not released a single in five years had been chosen to sing. Presumably they had missed the memo that she is releasing an album this year, although we appear to have missed that memo as well.

Accent aside, Dixon's delivery was met with a less than favourable response.

Other celebrity attendees at Silverstone included former Spice Girls Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton.

Check out the reactions here:

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