Alesha Dixon has hit back at criticism of her performance of the national anthem at the British Grand Prix, after Twitter users slated her "American accent".
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The ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge, who recently returned to the music scene with her first official single in four years, kicked off the racing event in a patriotic fashion with a performance of ‘God Save The Queen’.
However, some people were rather distracted by the US twang she seemed to be putting on while she performed it, and she was also criticised for fumbling the lyrics, singing ‘God Save Our Queen’, instead of ‘God Save The Queen' .
Alesha Dixon sounded absolutely dreadful, what was with the fake american accent? embarassing! #BritishGP— ⠀ (@anttgaughan) July 5, 2015
Why did Alesha Dixon sing the national anthem in an American accent?July 5, 2015
There was a big brass band and they used Alesha Dixon? And she got the words wrong! Jeeeez! #BritishGP— James Rowe (@MrJamesRowe) July 5, 2015
Alesha addressed the backlash on Twitter, claiming that her American accent was just "soul", also adding that she chose to sing "a different version" of the lyrics:
I am always kind to journos because I am a nice person but sometimes....you talk a lot of shit! (In fact most times) We just tolerate you! 😁— Alesha Dixon (@AleshaOfficial) July 5, 2015
There's a difference between getting the words wrong and choosing 2 sing a particular version! Boring story, very sad! #don'tpissonmyparade— Alesha Dixon (@AleshaOfficial) July 5, 2015
Thankfully for Alesha, her other most recent TV performance, where she gave her new track ‘The Way We Are’ the live treatment on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, was much more well-received, earning her critical acclaim from ‘BGT’ fans.