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Former X Factor hopeful Wagner apologises for singing pro-IRA lyrics

Published 29/10/2015

X-Factor hopeful Wagner was asked to sing a football song as birthday message
X-Factor hopeful Wagner was asked to sing a football song as birthday message

Former X Factor contestant Wagner has been forced to apologise after he sang an infamous IRA chant while performing a cover version of Wolfe Tones song Celtic Symphony.

The talent show flop, who has covered other songs heard at Scottish football games, claims he was unaware of the meaning of the words "Oo-ahh, up the Ra" after being asked to record it as a birthday message.

The Brazilian's performance has now been removed after he was made aware of its meaning.

The 59-year-old often posts video messages in which he sings Happy Birthday to his fans.

Wagner later took to his Facebook page. to issue an apology over the video.

He vowed to ensure it didn't happen again.

"I was asked to sing a football song on a video message wishing someone a happy birthday and, for the second time now, the football song had another meaning and I never knew it," he said.

"The video has now been deleted '... cos you know sometimes words have two meanings... (Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin). My apologies to everyone who was offended by the song; I assure you that from now on I will not sing any football chants anymore without first researching its meaning to make sure it will not upset anyone. Problem solved."

He previously wished a Rangers fan happy birthday by singing a line from the The Billy Boys - a sectarian song that contains the line "We're up to our knees in Fenian blood". The song has been banned from all football games, including Linfield matches.

A number of fans have been jailed after they were caught chanting the song, which is sung to the tune of Marching Through Georgia.

Wagner first appeared on British TV screens on season seven of The X-Factor in 2010 and was brought back onto the show as a wildcard.

He hit the headlines then for moving out of The X Factor house following the second live show after complaining about his fellow contestants' behaviour.

The retired PE teacher and karate enthusiast made it to the eighth week of the talent show before being voted off.

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