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Rod Stewart slammed for ‘embarrassing’ Royal Variety performance by viewers

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Sir Rod Stewart has been roasted by ITV viewers after his appearance on the Royal Variety Performance on Sunday evening.

Attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and hosted by Alan Carr, the annual event attracts a lot of attention every year.

Sir Rod, 76, took to the stage to perform his song One More Time but viewers were less than impressed.

Among the sea of comments on Twitter, one person wrote: “Rod Stewart’s performance possibly worst ever on royal variety. Elvis Costello - hold my beer.”

Another wrote on Twitter: “Rod Stewart sounds like that old boy down the boozer singing karaoke who’s smoking 60 benson [cigarettes] a day”.

Rod Stewart performs at a Christmas Carol Service raising funds for Music Therapy Charity, Nordoff Robbins (PA)
Rod Stewart performs at a Christmas Carol Service raising funds for Music Therapy Charity, Nordoff Robbins (PA)

“Why are people still booking rod stewart?! Second hand embarrassment in my living room.”

Some fans, however, defended the best-selling music artist for his latest performance.

Among the comments, one wrote: “Love a bit of Rod. Great performance and love the Leopard print outfit.”

Another advised those who didn’t like it to switch off because others were still enjoying the show.

The person added: “Some of us are enjoying it.”

It’s not the first time the legendary country singer-songwriter has been hit with a backlash by fans.

His appearance on the Graham Norton show last month also earned him criticism.

It comes days after the rock superstar and his son pleaded guilty to battery in an assault case in Florida on New Year’s Eve 2019.

His lawyer Guy Fronstin said no-one was hurt in the incident and Sir Rod had entered the plea to “avoid the inconvenience and unnecessary burden on the court and the public” of a court case.

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