Rod Stewart’s ‘awful’ Royal Variety Performance slammed by viewers

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Rod Stewart's Royal Variety Performance appearance has been panned by viewers who called it "awful" and "embarrassing".

The 76-year-old rocker took to the stage to sing new single One More Time in front of Prince William and Kate Middleton at the prestigious annual show, but those watching at home said they were cringing at the performance.

Although the show took place in November, it was first shown on ITV on Sunday evening but Stewart's routine did not go down well with many.

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Sunday 19th December 2021 on ITV 

Pictured: Sir Rod Stewart performs
Viewers were not impressed by Rod Stewart. (ITV/Matt Frost)

One viewer tweeted: "Rod Stewart on Royal Variety Performance, simply awful."

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Someone else shared: "My mother has just paused the Royal Variety, and come upstairs to tell me how embarrassing Rod Stewart was."

Another viewer wrote: "Not sure why the royal variety performance is on our TV but it is just seen Rod Stewart was like someone's nan doing bad karaoke."

From ITV Studios 

Sunday 19th December 2021 on ITV 

Pictured: Sir Rod Stewart performs
Rod Stewart sang his new single 'One More Time'. (ITV/Matt Frost)

Someone else tweeted: "Rod Stewart on the Royal Variety Performance ….oh dear “One more time baby” I think you need to make it the last time."

The veteran performer took to the stage dressed in his trademark leopard print and backed by a group of all-female dancers and backing singers, which some compared to Bill Nighy's character in festive hit Love Actually.

From ITV Studios 

Sunday 19th December 2021 on ITV 

Pictured: Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join the standing ovation at the end of the show 

Comedian and presenter Alan Carr hosts his debut Royal Variety Performance from the world-famous Royal Albert Hall.  

Tonight’s star-studded extravaganza in aid of the Royal Variety Charity includes exclusive performances from Ed Sheeran, Sir Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, Anne Marie, Years & Years as well as US jazz singer Gregory Porter and musician James Blunt.

More show-stopping moments are provided by the cast of the hottest ticket in town; Moulin Rouge the Musical and Matilda the Musical who celebrate ten years in the West End. Plus, there’s sensational stand-up comedy from Bill Bailey, Josh Widdicombe, Judi Love and Chris McCausland.

The breakout star of smash hit movie The Greatest Showman – Keala Settle joins to perform the anthemic ‘This Is Me’ as well as soprano Carly Paoli and singer Jane McDonald, who team up for a special duet.

Topping off an evening of truly world class entertainment, Cirque Du Soleil also return to the Royal Variety stage with a stunning excerpt from their new show Luzia plus hand balancing act The Messoudi Brothers amaze with their superhuman strength.

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The royals were in the audience. (ITV/Matt Frost)

One person tweeted: "Rod Stewart unironically recreating a scene from Love Actually on the Royal Variety Show."

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Someone else commented: "Rod Stewart sounds like that old boy down the boozer singing karaoke who’s smoking 60 benson a day."

Another person wrote: "Anyone else just had third party embarrassment watching Rod Stewart? Please call it a day Rod, please."

And someone else added: "Rod Stewart....I literally have no words for that performance #RoyalVarietyPerformance."

However, Stewart still had some loyal fans who didn't slate his performance.

One tweeted: "How I love Rod Stewart on the Royal Variety, he’s rocking the leopard print with his chicks."

Another added: "Rod Stewart just saved Christmas with his Royal Variety Performance."

Over the weekend, Stewart and his son Sean, 41, pleaded guilty to a battery charge after an altercation with a security guard at a Florida hotel on New Year's Eve 2019.

“No one was injured in the incident and a jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of the accusation,” Stewart’s attorney Guy Fronstin said in a statement.

“Instead, Sir Rod Stewart decided to enter a plea to avoid the inconvenience and unnecessary burden on the court and the public that a high profile proceeding would cause.”

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