Russell Watson to perform at Blackpool Illuminations

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Russell Watson will join Robbie Williams and Olly Murs at the switch on

Opera star Russell Watson has been added to the line-up that will see Robbie Williams flick the switch on this year's Blackpool Illuminations.

The singer will also be joined by X Factor finalist Olly Murs.

Strictly come Dancing star Alesha Dixon will also be appearing at the launch on Friday 3 September.

Blackpool council said demand for tickets to the event had been overwhelming with 120,000 applications for 15,000 places.

Successful applicants will find out if they have managed to get a ticket in just over a week's time.

Blackpool Council leader Peter Callow said: "This is an absolutely brilliant star line-up. It will be a fantastic event and a wonderful evening for everyone."

The illuminations will remain switched on for 66 nights until 7 November.

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