Sunday, January 4, 2009
Elton Refused Duet with Alexandra Burke
Elton John refused to duet with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke during his New Year gig, it has been claimed.
According to the News of The World, Elton, 61, ignored pleas from ITV bosses for him to sing with Alex just before midnight in the O2 Arena.
Burke, 20, had been told the collaboration was likely, but Rocket Man hitmaker Elton declined to share the stage with the Hallelujah singer.
A source says, "We were desperate for Elton to do a duet with Alex to boost ratings. But his people weren’t having any of it.
"She was allowed to come on at midnight while he was playing Auld Lang Syne but that was all."
Elton did, however, agree to perform a duet of his classic hit Daniel just before midnight with Pop Idol winner Will Young.