Zoe Ball Pulls Out of Coronation Concert
Zoe Ball, the 52-year-old presenter, won’t be able to present King Carlos III’s coronation concert due to illness. She was supposed to cover the event from the East Lawn of Windsor Castle in London, but had to cancel her participation. Zoe tweeted: “Absolutely shattered, disease virus got me” along with a green sick-face emoji. Dermot O’ Leary and Scott Mills, her Radio 2 colleagues, would fill in for her, she added.
Second Withdrawal from the Event
Zoe Ball’s exit follows that of singer Freya Ridings, who withdrew due to illness as well. Freya was scheduled to perform a duet with classic soul composer Alexis Ffrench during the concert. The remaining lineup includes Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Paloma Faith, and Olly Murs, as well as Take That, who will perform in front of 20,000 people.
BBC One and BBC Radio 2 to Broadcast the Concert
The coronation concert will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2 from 8 p.m. evening London time, with Kirsty Young presenting the television coverage. Katy reportedly has the ‘biggest following’ of any act at the show. A source told the Sunday Mirror that she would occupy five dressing rooms and has over 50 attendees with her before the performance.
Katy Perry’s Backstage Demands
It’s reported that Katy Perry took a week off from her Las Vegas residency to perform at the royal event. He arrived in London in 10 Mercedes minivans and reportedly demanded plush sofas, fresh flowers, and a refrigerator with a glass door as part of his backstage amenities. However, instead of flying a private plane to London, he flew first class on a public plane.