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Nicole Scherzinger rumoured to be singing at Nelson Mandela's funeral

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Rumour has it that current X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger has been involved in secret talks at the Mandarin Hotel in London with Nelson Mandela's daughters, who would like the former Pussycat Doll to perform at the anti-apartheid activist's funeral.

It has been confirmed by current South African President Jacob Zuma that the official memorial service will take place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 10th December, to which more than 80,000 people will be attending, including 60 heads of state such as US President Barack Obama with wife Michelle, former US presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

On the 11th, December 2013 a procession will depart from the morgue in Pretoria, expected to end on the 13th, December 2013, at the capital's Union Buildings. Mandela's body will be then transferred to Qunu (Eastern Cape), the rural village where he grew up, for the funeral ceremony - which will be held on Sunday, 15th December 2013.

Zuma also announced 10 days of national mourning and declared Sunday, 8th December, the national day of prayer, meditation and reflection, adding: "We should, while mourning, also sing at the top of our voices, dance and do whatever we want to do, to celebrate the life of this outstanding revolutionary who kept the spirit of freedom alive and led us to a new society. Let us sing for Madiba."

Nicole Scherzinger revealed she had previously met Mr Mandela on only one occasion, when she sang for him her favourite hymn 'Precious Lord' during an official gathering. After the performance, an unimpressed Mandela apparently asked her if she had anything else to sing. Hopefully she will make up for it this time.

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