Russell Watson furming over Olympics snub
Celebrated tenor Russell Watson is furious he won't be part of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games celebrations in London, insisting he deserves to be there just as much Duran Duran.
The pop group will mark the start of the sporting event on 27 July at a gig which will include Stereophonics, Snow Patrol and Paolo Nutini, while several other bands, including Blur and New Order, have been asked to close the ceremony in August.
And Watson is upset he's not on either bill, admitting he's crushed he won't be able to represent his country.
He tells Digital Spy, "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 U.K. and has been around for ages and can sing like I can sing to perform at the Olympics."
Watson was first diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumour in 2006 and, after undergoing removal surgery, he experienced a regrowth the following year. The star has since made a full recovery.
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I think it's a real shame Russell has not been invited to be part of the Olympic ceremony. He's British and represents classical music at it's very best.Events such as the Olympics should be represented by all aspects of the music industry, including classical. After all, It's one of the music categories that we do very well. Shame on the orgainisers!