Rod Stewart hit by backlash as viewers slam Graham Norton performance ‘Worst thing’

Rod Stewart performs One More Time on Graham Norton Show

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An array of famous faces joined Graham Norton on Friday evening with the likes of Lady Gaga, Nadiya Hussain, Adam Driver and Josh Gad. Sir Rod Stewart was among the celebrities to join the chat show host after giving a live performance of his new single, One More Time. However, viewers slammed his performance and took to social media to speak about it.

Graham introduced Rod to the show and said: “Right, time for music, this band have been topping the charts for over 50 years here performing his single One More Time, it is Sir Rod Stewart.”

Rod sang live on the BBC One show and left the audience members and fellow celebrities applauding his performance.

However, viewers were left disappointed by his performance and took to Twitter to express their opinions.

@DanPatonMusic wrote: “This Rod Stewart performance on Graham Norton is the worst thing I have seen in quite some time.”

@martin924392 also added: “It was bad already, and then that key change really cemented it!”

@RuthBadleyPR commented: “Totally agree. What the hell was that? And his ‘group’ – the audience for that gig really dubious in the hair and leg requirement #RodStewart #parody.”

@LlamaLorna tweeted: “Oh dear. Rod Stewart was embarrassing. I switched off #GrahamNortonShow.”

@NotJimWhite1 said: “@rodstewart embarrassing himself as usually when on Graham Norton desperately trying to appear relevant” (sic).

After the performance, Graham welcomed Rod to the seating area and said: “Rod Stewart, you are going to be fit as a flea, you appear to be fit as a flea, there was a lot of dancing and a lot of moves.”

Agreeing to his statement, Rod replied: “Football mate, I’ve kept myself fit forever I’ve had one trainer for 35 years, I’m going to pay him eventually.”

Speaking on the new album, Graham asked: “So that was off this album The Tears Of Hercules, which is out today, so was this an entire lockdown project?”

Rod began: “Yeah, I guess it was, I paid more attention to it, more personal songs because you’ve got so much time to think, like everybody else’s albums coming out, I think they’re lockdown albums.”

Graham continued: “There’s a beautiful song, there’s a touchline which you dedicate to your dad and as you say personal songs. But there does seem to be a lot of the other on this album.” 

Rod then interrupted and said: “Why not, sexy songs!”

Referring to Lady Gaga, Graham asked Rod: “Were you guys playing Vegas at the same time?”

“We were, and three of the girls went to see her and said she was pretty good,” Rod joked, to which Lady Gaga held out her hands and said: “Thanks, ladies.”

Rod also went on to discuss his upcoming tour: “We start hopefully in Australia and New Zealand in March, February or March.

“There’s some British dates, there is an American tour, this time next year at the O2.”

Rod’s wife, Penny Lancaster, decided to go down a different direction whilst going through the lockdown and decided to train as a Special Constable for the police.

When asked about his wife’s career change, he said: “She trained for eight months, and she loves it, I backed her all the way. She says she loves giving something back, but more importantly, she wants to protect the city she loves.”

The Graham Norton Show airs Friday nights at 22:35pm on BBC One. 
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