Emeli Sandé apologizes for her pantomime at the concert for Ukraine

Emeli Sandé has apologized to fans for lip-synching during the concert for Ukraine on Tuesday (March 29).

The two-hour fundraiser, which took place at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena and was broadcast on ITV, was set up with the aim of raising money for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) humanitarian appeal.

Sandé was one of the artists performing that night, along with Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Nile Rodgers.

When she performed her single “Brighter Days,” many viewers on social media speculated that she wasn’t actually singing.

On Wednesday (March 30), Sandé explained that she was imitating the song, but because she had lost her voice.

“I really wanted to sing, but I woke up the day of the concert and my voice was like this,” she told fans in a video, in which her voice is audibly hoarse.

“It was really annoying because I sang Mariah the day before [Carey] perfectly fine and I had to make a very difficult decision. Do I pull off the concert, which I really don’t want to do, or do I sync to the track?”

She added: “I chose to lip sync. I’ve never done that in my career and I never want to do it again. For me it was more important to perform the song and get the message across.

“My apologies to anyone who noticed it was lip syncing. I promise it will never happen again, but I hope the song’s message got through anyway.”

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Many fans expressed their support for Sandé in the comments, with one person writing, “You did the right thing as the concert was such an important event for Ukraine and you prepared to sing for such an important cause. I hope you feel much better soon.”

Special guest appearances that night included Jamala, the 2016 Ukrainian Eurovision Champion, performing her song ‘1984’. Broadcasting veteran Trevor McDonald paid tribute to the media who covered the conflict.

There was also a message from Billie Eilish and her brother/songwriting partner Finneas O’Connell, who shared their support for those attending the event and urged viewers to donate.

More than £12million has been raised for DEC’s humanitarian appeal. Read the main talking points of the event here.

The Independent has a proud history of campaigning for the rights of the most vulnerable and we first ran our Refugees Welcome campaign during the war in Syria in 2015. Now we are renewing our campaign and launching this petition in the wake of the unfolding Ukraine crisis we urge the government to go further and faster to ensure aid is delivered. To learn more about our Refugees Welcome campaign, click here. to sign the petition click here. If you would like to donate, then please click here for our GoFundMe page.

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