Russell Watson has reacted angrily to not being selected to perform at this year’s Olympics.
In an interview with Digital Spy, the Salford-born tenor said he “can’t understand” why he hasn’t been booked to sing at the opening ceremony this summer, after surviving two brain tumours.
When asked by the site what else he hopes to achieve in his career, the singer, who releases his album of patriotic covers next week, said:
“The Olympics please!
“What I can’t understand is why they haven’t thought of having a bloke that’s survived two f**king brain tumours, who’s the best-known tenor in the UK and has been around for ages and can sing like I can sing to perform at the Olympics
“It’s exactly the same with the Jubilee – there’s a lot of ambiguity around that and the Olympics. We’ll wait and see I suppose.”
Russell also had a pop at Britain’s Got Talent star, Jonathan Antoine, who came second on the show this year with his singing partner, Charlotte Jaconelli:
“The sad thing is there are better voices at talent schools up and down the country right now.
“This guy is solid as a rock, he makes a big noise. He’s not the next Pavarotti though, as someone in the papers said.”
Russell’s new album, Anthems – Songs to Inspire a Nation comes out on 28 May 2012.