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Singing for the Pope is a dream come true, reveals excited Subo

Singing sensation Susan Boyle said the chance to sing in front of the Pope at an open-air Mass today was "beyond her wildest dreams".

The 49-year-old is expected to perform three songs, including her smash hit I Dreamed A Dream, which catapulted her to fame on TV's Britain's Got Talent.

Boyle, from Blackburn in West Lothian, rehearsed yesterday evening at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, where the open-air Mass will be held today.

Speaking about what the event meant to her, she told BBC Reporting Scotland: "It's hard to describe it. It's hard to put into words, really. But it will be a very humbling experience, a very indescribable experience. It's beyond my imagination, beyond my wildest dreams."

Speaking about her late mother, Bridget, she said: "She died about four years ago but she will be here in spirit and, I think she will be very proud."


She said that, on a scale of one to 10, out of the concerts she had played the event was an "11".

When asked what exactly she would be singing, she said: "Watch and see. Big secret, big secret."

Speaking about the thousands who will be at the Mass in Bellahouston Park, she said: "I'd like to think I am making that day extra special for them."

During the first state visit by a pontiff to Britain, Pope Benedict XVI will meet the queen and prime minister David Cameron during a four-day tour.

He arrives in Edinburgh today before travelling to Glasgow and later London and Birmingham.

Engineers yesterday tested the sound system and viewing screens at Bellahouston Park.

The finishing touches were also made to the giant stage and marble altar from which the Pope will address an estimated 65,000 pilgrims.