Tokyo Olympics: Opening Ceremony surprise for Scots as national treasure Susan Boyle featured

Scottish viewers of the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Olympic Games were astonished to hear Susan Boyle feature in it.

The West Lothian singer’s version of Wings to Fly, a 1970 Japanese folk song, was played to tens of millions of people watching the Covid-safe ceremony from home.

The cover, which appeared as a special bonus track on Japanese copies of Susan's 2009 debut studio album I Dreamed a Dream, was a welcome surprise for many Scots.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

One viewer took to Twitter to express their disbelief: "I never thought I’d see the day when Susan Boyle and Sonic the Hedgehog were on the same bill. #Tokyo2020 "

Another wrote: "Susan Boyle and the Tokyo Olympics are not a pair I would have put together but there we go."

The ceremony began with a series of video montages culminating in a countdown and a brief fireworks display, which was greeted by a smattering of polite applause from the journalists and volunteers in the stadium.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

Scottish viewers of the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Olympic Games were astonished to hear Susan Boyle feature in it.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.