Saturday 24 February 2018

Pop Idol winner sings for the Pope

Michelle McManus will sing for the Pope
Michelle McManus will sing for the Pope

Michelle McManus will sing for the Pope when he visits Scotland, the Catholic Church has said.

The Pop Idol winner will perform before the start of the Papal Mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park, at which it is hoped Britain's Got Talent winner Susan Boyle will also sing.

The Hour presenter will sing a song written by her cousin Michael as part of the pre-mass entertainment programme.

The Catholic Church in Scotland said it was delighted that Michelle is to take part in the event, which tens of thousands of people will attend.

A spokesman said: "It is a fantastic addition to what should be a wonderful day.

"It is a very historic event and I am sure it will be a tremendous event attended by thousands and watched by millions.

"It is a great opportunity for Scotland to show what a welcoming country it is to the world."

The capacity for the event is 100,000 and around 66,000 people have so far confirmed they want to come.

Pope Benedict XVI will visit between September 16 and 19, on the first Papal visit to Britain since 1982, when Pope John Paul II's six-day tour drew huge crowds. It will also be the first official Papal visit to Britain, as the 1982 trip was a pastoral one.

Michelle, from Glasgow, shot to fame after winning TV singing contest Pop Idol in 2003 and now presents The Hour on STV alongside Stephen Jardine.

Press Association

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