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Songs of Praise on hunt for Challenge Cup choir

BBC’s Songs of Praise has announced the launch of a Rugby League Challenge Cup Fans Choir competition, with the winners leading the capacity crowd of over 80,000 at Wembley in a stirring rendition of Abide With Me before the final, which takes place on 27th August.

A special edition of Songs of Praise following their journey will also be broadcast on BBC One the following day.

The competition follows on from last year’s successful Songs of Praise fans choir competition which saw 64 football fans chosen from thousands of entries to sing at Wembley before the FA Cup Final.

Those with an uplifting, exciting or imaginative tale about supporting their team have until 12th June to apply. Songs of Praise wants to hear stories from those who may have hitchhiked from Aberdeen to Toulouse to follow their club, raised money for charity while supporting their team, or gone the extra mile to help a fellow fan.

The final 32 winners will be decided by a judging panel that will include the popular singer and Songs of Praise presenter, Aled Jones, the Leeds Rhinos and England international player Jamie Jones-Buchanan, and Lizzie Jones. Lizzie sang before last year’s final in memory of her husband the former professional Rugby League player Danny Jones. This year she has expressed her delight at being a part of the judging panel.

“I’m delighted to be part of the judging panel for this competition. Singing at Wembley before last year’s Challenge Cup final is an experience I will never forget,” she said.

“Rugby League fans have some amazing stories to tell. I’m sure this competition will find some of the best and will reward them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Details of how you can enter the competition can be found on the Songs of Praise page on the BBC website at: www.bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise.

Picture: BBC Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones with Leeds Rhino star Jamie Jones-Buchanan.