Soccer AM's Max and Helen in singing snub
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 April 2013
Classical singing sensation Natalie Coyle has been drafted in to replace Soccer AM's Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain to perform the National Anthem at Wembley Stadium tomorrow (05.04.13) after the presenting pair received complaints
Soccer AM's Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain have pulled out of a public performance of the National Anthem tomorrow (07.4.13) following complaints.
The presenting duo - who host the Sky One football talk show on Saturday mornings - were due to lead the crowd in singing the iconic tune at Wembley Stadium for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, but they have been replaced by classical singing sensation Natalie Coyle after some supporters voiced their disapproval.
John Nagle, Football League Head of Communications, said: "Having committed themselves to an intensive course of singing lessons, Max and Helen were absolutely serious about leading the Anthem singing and fully respecting the occasion.
"Following vocal opposition from some supporters, all parties have agreed with Helen and Max's decision to withdraw and Natalie Coyle will now sing the National Anthem in the pre-match build-up."
Blonde beauty Natalie - who has been compared to the likes of Katherine Jenkins and Laura Wright - will perform 'God Save the Queen' to a live audience of around 50,000 Southend United and Crew Alexandra supporters inside the stadium, and she can't wait for the magical moment.
She said: "I'm thrilled to be performing at Wembley, it's such an amazing opportunity.
"To walk through the players tunnel and out onto the pitch will be a truly surreal moment I'm sure but one I will remember forever. It's an honour to have been invited to sing the National Anthem, I just hope I can do it justice!"
The 25-year-old stunner - who has been dating Zafar Rushdie, son of award-winning writer Salman Rushdie, for two years - is currently touring the UK supporting the Classic Brit Award winning group Blake.