Singer apologises for ‘butchering’ national anthem in England v Italy

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Singer Ellynora has apologised to the Three Lions supporters after a technical issue plagued her during the pre-match rendition of God Save the King before England’s 2-1 win away to Italy on Thursday evening. Goals from Harry Kane and Declan Rice ensured Gareth Southgate’s side would begin their Euro 2024 qualification with a victory but not before the national anthem caught the attention of viewers.

However, Italian-American singer Ellynora appeared to have lost her way through the opening few words of the song as the England team behind her looked perplexed. She continued to hold her earpiece and attempted to regain her composure and complete the remainder of the song, but struggled and fans on social media were quick to notice and claim she “butchered” the anthem.

“I’m just so angry with what happened because I wanted it to be perfect but what happened wasn’t my fault,” Ellynora told the Daily Mail. “I want to say sorry to all the England fans who were at the stadium and watching on TV, I’m mortified for what happened and I want people to know that I wasn’t being disrespectful.

“It was such an honour to be asked to sing the national anthem and I was so excited about it. I’ve never sung anything like that before. I’m more of a pop artist but at the ground there was a sound issue.

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“I had rehearsed the anthem twice the day before the match and then on the night three times but when it came to the actual performance, I had a problem with my earpiece. I had the music in my ear and then it stopped and started again, and I was hearing it twice, so it meant I was out of synch, and it was hard for me to catch up.

“I really tried my best to solve the problem but there was nothing I could do and I’m so angry about it. I was trying to adjust my singing to catch up with the anthem in the stadium, but it was too late.”

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However, supporters were none the wiser of the issue and complained about her rendition on social media. “Haven’t seen the national anthem get butchered like that since ever,” Twitter user @Paddyc1471 said.

While former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara posted: “Wow, national anthem was a shambles.”

However, Ellynora provided what was described as a “flawless” rendition after the game for the news outlet as proof of her credentials, though she was forced to take down her Instagram post with a selfie captioned: “England I hope you enjoyed my gift”.

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