The British singing sensation Susan Boyle said Wednesday she feels humbled and honored and "a little bit nerkus" by the opportunity to sing for Pope Benedict XVI during his tour of Britain.
The highly unlikely pop star who shot to global fame after she sang on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" will perform mostly hymns and sing along with an 800-strong choir at an open-air papal Mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on September 16th, the Roman Catholic Church said.
They have left the choice of songs with Ms. Boyle.
I thought "Pope Joan" and "The Beauty Of The Spanish Inquisition" would be appropriate. I actually learned those from hearing them sung outside a pub by a bunch of drunks, but I have rearranged them to suit my voice.
"Oh, friends have you ever heard of Pope Joan,
Though she never existed, they say in Rome!"
"Like that. Beautiful isn't it?"
"I've always wanted to sing for His Holiness and I can't really put into words my happiness that he is coming to Scotland, my special wish has come true at last," she told Scotland's Daily Record newspaper. "I am humbled and honored by this invitation and I hope I can do (poot) pardon..my best."
"I think my own special numbers will add to the hymns and he said he wanted me to do "I Dreamed A Dream" so I'll do that one last.
Boy, will he be surprised."